Working with Nature
Finding that perfect balance.
The farmers who supply our milk work in harmony with nature, using holistic practices that respect and protect the soil, water, air, plants and wildlife. It’s a complex system, but the idea underneath is absolutely simple: When we take care of the planet, it takes care of us.
Learn more about how organic farming nurtures the environment (pdf).
Organic farmers use natural, holistic methods to maintain a healthy herd. That means nurturing their animals with attentive daily care, clean living conditions and a wholesome organic diet including pasture grazing. Just like people, cows thrive in a low-stress environment, so organic farms also allow plenty of access to the outdoors for exercise.
Organic regulations prohibit the use of artificial growth hormones — a practice that many conventional dairy farmers use to increase milk supply. Rather than using growth hormones, organic farmers encourage optimal milk production by holistically supporting the animal’s overall health.
Learn more about organic animal care (pdf).
Have you ever wondered what an organic dairy cow eats? Well, like you, she thrives on a variety of healthy foods and plenty of exercise. That means spending at least a third of her year in the pasture, grazing on organic crops raised without pesticides. During seasons when grazing isn’t possible, she stays healthy on certified organic feed, and continues to enjoy ample access to the outdoors for activity and fresh air.
Grazing is healthy for cows, and for the planet, too. By dedicating land to organic crops, organic famers create sustainable acreage free of toxic and persistent chemicals that can harm the land, air, and water.
Learn more about Horizon’s® commitment to grazing (pdf).