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The best, organic milk from our cows grazing the Yorkshire & Northumbria Dales

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Happy cows mean healthy cows

and better quality milk

‘Organic’ doesn’t just mean being careful what we feed to our cows. It also means giving our cows the best possible conditions so they are happy in their surroundings. After all, happy cows mean healthy cows – and better quality milk!

How do we keep them happy? It’s simple, really. Our policy is to try to prevent any problems in the first place. That means all the animals have more space in their housing during the winter and are allowed to graze outside naturally in spring, summer & autumn. ALL young stock are raised to stay in our herd or for the local beef market. All receive high levels of human care and attention. This has led to fewer health problems among the herd.

The milk we bottle for you will come from cows who have never received antibiotic treatments. Antibiotics are only used when necessary and if this is the case, the cow’s milk is withdrawn from customer consumption entirely and will be fed to our calves. This ‘zero antibiotic’ status was achieved in 2020. Antibiotic resistance is a growing concern for all and this farming standard at Acorn Dairy reassures our customers, who are choose our milk, because they feel it is healthier for them.

We feel our Dairy Shorthorn cross breed is well suited to producing milk from an organic rotation with large amounts of forage, whilst avoiding the intensification problems associated with the Friesian and Holstein breeds, which can lead to higher antibiotic reliance.