Grass Fed Milk
White Mountain Foods | May 17th, 2017
Q: Do you use 100% grass-fed milk?
A: No, we do not have a sustainable certified 100% grass-fed supplier of milk who can provide the volume we need. As far as we know, there is no 100% grass-fed certifying organization that would ensure the milk we buy is in fact 100% grass-fed, so we don’t make that claim. For our organic products, we use organic milk, which is certified a minimum of 120 days of pasture grazing. Two out of three of the farms that supply our organic milk claim they are 100% grass-fed. The only time the cattle are fed anything other than grass is during inclement or cold weather when the cattle can’t graze or the grass won’t grow.
Dairy cattle in general, organic and conventional, are fed as much hay and grass as possible, as it’s usually the cheapest feed available. Two out of thirty of our conventional milk producers use a grain mix as most of their cattle feed. The rest use a mixture of grass, hay (dry grass), and silage (wet cut grass) as their main feed source, and use “range cubes” (a grain mix that is like candy to cattle) as bait to get the cattle to come in for milking.