Dairyland Organic Milk: Free of Hormones and Antibiotics
At home we go through multiple bottles of milk each week. My 22 month old son drinks about 16oz of cows milk a day and hubby and I add milk to our coffee/tea, oatmeal and in many recipes.
Ther brand of milk that we usually purchase is Dairyland since they offer an organic option. Our son drinks their organic 3.25% milk only, my husband drinks their organic 2% fat and I usually go for their lactose free specialty milk.
Dairyland’s organic milk is certified organic and packaged in 100% recyclable bottles. Their organic milk contains no hormones or antibiotics and I trust that it is safe to drink for my entire family. Dairyland has been around for over 90 years and their products provide great taste and nutrition.
Here is an interesting list of FAQ that I found on their website with regards to their organic Milk:
- Are there any hormones in organic milk? Hormones are not permitted in conventional or organic milk in Canada.
- Are there antibiotics in organic milk? Strict guidelines and testing are in place to ensure that all milk that reaches the consumer is free of antibiotic residue. Cows that develop an infection are given antibiotics. The difference lies in whether the treated cow’s milk is ever returned to the milk supply.
- On a conventional farm, the milk from the treated cow is discarded for a period of time referred to as the withdrawal period. This includes the time the cow has been on the antibiotics plus the time it would take the drug to be excreted from the system.
- On an organic farm, once a cow requires antibiotics, its milk is never again used for human consumption.
- Are there any differences in the nutritional values between organic and conventional milk? From a nutritional stand point all fluid milks are created equal – whether it is organic milk or not they all contain the same healthy nutritional profile. They contain the same combination of nutrients, such as calcium, protein and vitamins A & D. The difference between organic and conventional milk involves farming practices, not the milk itself.
- Is there any taste difference between regular and organic milk? The taste of milk, regardless of whether it is organically or conventionally produced, can differ slightly between regions/provinces and season to season. Factors that may impact taste include location of the farm, breed of the cow, variations in cows’ feed from farm to farm, and even the time of year.
- Why is organic milk more costly to purchase? It is a costly process for dairy farmers and processors to receive organic certification, thus the difference in price. As well, the collection, transportation and processing are separate from the conventional milk supply which adds to the costs.
- What type of feed are organic cows fed? Cows are fed certified organic feed (hay, fresh/dried fodder or silage) and approved supplements (vitamins and minerals). Organic dairy farmers follow strict farming rules and feed their cows with crops grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, GMOs (genetically modified organisms) or animal by products.
- How much grazing time do the animals have? The amount of time the cows graze everyday depends on the weather. The cows are housed in various systems but must be outside the majority of the time.
Interesting information right?
We really like the fresh taste of Dairyland’s milk and we believe in supporting local organic dairy farmers and their products. We continue to drink their milk everyday and we recommend that you try out their selection of organic milks and other products.
Does YOUR family enjoy drinking milk everyday?
Disclosure: I received a grocery gift card to facilitate this post. No other compensation was provided and all views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.