GUIDING PRINCIPLE: SUSTAINABILITY
Cows rely on the land for feed. Farmers rely on cows for fertilizing. Our dairies can help make this a win-win.
HOW DOES RECYCLING HELP YOUR BUSINESS OR THE COWS?
It helps in lots of ways. First, it makes us better neighbors. It lets us run a large-scale operation that doesn’t harm the land and water around us. Second, it helps us sustain the local farming community, which also supplies our cows with feed. Finally, it gives us another product to sell or trade, which makes our business more successful.
BEDDING AND THE BARN
Milk and babies aren’t all that our cows produce. There’s also manure. It’s a waste to call it “waste,” because we can do amazing things with it. Each day, thousands of gallons of this nutrient-rich material is collected and stored at the dairy from the cows’ bedding and milking parlor. In the fall, it becomes fertilizer, injected into the ground where it will feed crops planted in spring. The fertilizer is injected in quantities that supply exactly the nutrients the crops need to grow the coming year.
This helps our local farmers grow their crops, reduces the need for synthetic fertilizers and prevents waste from building up in the soil and compromising groundwater.
To reduce the dairy’s carbon footprint, we try to work locally as much as possible, in buying feed, in transporting our milk and in reusing fertilizer.