About our cows & calves
Zero antibiotics or medications are used on our farm - very few farms can say this, even organic ones. The microbiome is all-important to us.
What our animals eat is as important as what we eat. A cow's primal diet is a diverse range of grass types, supplemented by naturally occurring herbs, legumes and tree browse.
Our calves naturally suckle milk, some with their own mothers and some with 'nanny cows' - basically some of the cows have more maternal instinct than others, so we allow these to focus on suckling their own calf plus 1 or 2 others (depending on how much milk they produce), whilst the cows which are less strongly maternal, are milked (just once per day) to produce milk for our products.
Any calves born here are reared on the farm, some to join our dairy herd, and the rest for meat to be sold to our customers (it's an integrated system). All our calves are kept suckling naturally for 8-10 months which correlates with when wild ruminants would naturally wean by themselves (for context - most dairy farms conventionally would feed formula milk and then wean calves around 6-8 weeks, by comparison). The gentle transition we practice means our calves are very well grown, naturally healthy, and well-adapted for a life eating their natural diet with no need for energy supplements or medications.