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Two Black Holstein Cows on Pasture

Two Black Holstein Cows on Pasture

These sassy (sticking her tongue out) and, shiny, happy Holsteins spend their days outside in nature eating healthy green grass, enjoying the sun and fresh air. The McClelland’s know that the same things that are good for us are also good for the cows and these beauties demonstrate their commitment to the health and well-being of their cows, their land, and their customers. They have created a farming environment where nature is a priority and their cows thrive in harmony with nature. It was a wonderful experience to roam the pastures with the cows and farmers on this tranquil bucolic farm in the heart of Sonoma County during Organic Valley's Farm Discovery Tour event!

"Compared to conventional meat and dairy, we can expect organic cows that are raised predominantly on a pasture of grass and legumes to contain the healthiest mix of beneficial fats: less saturated fat, more alpha linolenic acid, or ALA (an omega-3 fat), and higher levels of CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid. (1-5) In fact, CLA levels in organic milk from grazing cows may be five times greater than levels in conventional milk.” — The Grass is Greener: by Melinda Hemelgarn M.S. R.D.:

Also, research from Washington University: "Organic Production Enhances Milk Nutritional Quality by Shifting Fatty Acid Composition: A united States Wide, 18-month study" — Charles M. Benbrook, et al., PLOS | One

The Farm Discovery Tour: ov.coop/farmdiscovery

The McClelland Farm: www.mcclellandsdairy.com/FarmTours.htm

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Photo taken on 6 June 2015 (© DARLA SCHOENROCK / Flickr)

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