Have you ever met someone that gets upset when things change? Does even the simplest little change annoy them? Well, that’s how cows are; they hate change.
We house our cows mostly in barns that have outside Patios. Our grass-fed cows, though, have access to pasture in the spring, summer and fall. Interestingly most days, the grass-fed cows will be inside relaxing in the barn.

Modern dairy barns and especially ours, are designed to promote good airflow, so the air is fresh. We have specially designed stalls for our cows to lay that maximize their comfort. 24/7, our cows have the choice to lay on one of our sand beds, drink from that water trough, eat their feed, or just walk around.

Our calves get the same dedication by us to promote health and comfort. Each calf has his or her own space, promoting a healthy environment to grow and reduce disease spread and bullying. After 3 months, once the calf is established and strong, they graduate to group pens with calves similar in age.

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PRIORITIZING COW COMFORT

One of the top priorities we have is to create an environment for our cows that is comfortable. Over the last 20 years, we have been dedicating more time and resources to promoting cow comfort. It is one of the easiest ways to increase milk production. Happy, comfortable, and healthy cows produce more milk. Not only is it the right thing to do, promoting better welfare is good for our business. You and I prefer variety, but cows prefer consistency, routines that they can predict.  More…

 


MODERN DAIRY COW DIETS

Our main objective in developing a diet, whether grass-fed or conventional, is to make sure our cows are getting the proper nutrients, to be healthy cows. We formulate diets with the help of our nutritionist, who is specialized in dairy nutrition. On our farm, we have over 10 different diets. Depending on the cow’s age, milk production, and gestational period, she will require different food. More…

 

 


THE COW’S GRASS-FED DIET

Our posts, Modern Dairy Cow Diets and The Use of Grain, explains in depth the need to create a balanced diet for our cows to be healthy and perform. Those posts also highlight the need for energy in their diets. Energy supports milk production, reproduction, body fat, and metabolism.

Our diet for the grass-fed cows is 20% grains and 80% forages. When you compare that to our cow fed a balanced diet, the ratio is 40% grain and 60% forages. Our grass-fed competitors are 30% grain and 70% forages.  More…