Dairyland Organic Milk: Free of Hormones and Antibiotics

Dairyland Milk

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.

Dairyland Organic Milk
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.

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

34 responses to “Dairyland Organic Milk: Free of Hormones and Antibiotics”

  1. that sounds wonderful, I will look for this brand on our next shopping trip.

  2. We love milk around here too. We also drink organic milk only.

  3. this sounds like a wonderful, healthy milk choice! to be honest my family drinks non-organic milk because organic is so expensive, but this article is swaying me othewrwise-thanks!

    • If you are in Canada non-organic milk does’t contain hormones anyway. The difference between the organic and the regular milk is when cows are given antibiotics and if they return to the line or not. In the case of organic once they are given antibiotics they are not used for organic milk production anymore.

      Also the guidelines for what cows eat when producing organic milk are very strict as they requiere certified organic feed. Hope that helps 🙂

  4. Interesting! My 1 year old still is not wanting to drink milk!

  5. Great review on this product! I’m assuming they don’t sell in the US though…? My son isn’t yet drinking cows milk, but I definitely need to look into what we are gonna give him b/c the day will be here before you know it!

    • Martha Dairyland is Canadian. There may be a similar brand in the US. Also regulations with regards to hormones, antibiotic and organic products must be different there as well.

  6. thanks for the information

  7. We hardly ever buy cow’s milk anymore and mostly use coconut milk or flaxseed milk but when we do get it, we buy organic to avoid the antibiotics and hormones. This is a great post! I am going to forward it to some of my friends. 🙂

  8. I’ve tried this milk and it’s very good! There’s very little taste difference between this and “regular” milk. I like it!

  9. I will have to try it! My son LOVES milk!

  10. Its nice to have the choice.It is twice the price but the
    my daughters health is worth it.I try to buy organic as much as possible.
    I find health food stores I have been in are way out of my budget so
    I shop around to big stores and check there organic sections. I have found many good prices on organic food at the Real Canadian Superstore

  11. Also every time we choose organic we are helping to save our planet
    and all living things not only people. The more we choose organic the more
    it will be produced and offered to big box stores making it more affordable
    for the people on a lower income.

  12. My kids drink organic milk already. But I’m still concern about how manufacturers keep up with the milk production. My guess is that they have to inject some type of female hormones to the cow in order for the cow to keep producing milk in its body. A typical mammals should only be able to nurse it’s young for only a period of time. Anyone has any thoughts on that?

    • By law in Canada cows are never injected with any hormones (that’s for both organic and non-organic milk producing cows).

      Some info from wiki:

      “Cows neither produce milk all the time, nor do they only produce milk when they are pregnant. In general, cows begin to produce milk when they give birth and will continue to do so until they are “dried-off”, which happens when their calf is weaned (beef cows) or when the farmer stops milking them (dairy cows). For most cows, milk production increases until about 90 days after they give birth, and then slowly declines during the rest of the lactation. If a dairy cow is re-bred successfully at 60-90 days following calving, she will usually be “dried-off” after a lactation of about 305 days so that her mammary gland has a chance to re-charge for a couple months before she gives birth to another calf. (A cow’s gestation period is about 280 days.) Some cows that do not re-breed can be milked continuously for 2-3 years, but production declines sufficiently over time that this is not usually economically feasible. Consequently, cows with fertility problems get culled from the herd”


      • Thanks for the info Angela. This is the exact opposite of some of the articles that I read on the Internet. I did some more research and have confirmed that Canada has policy to prevent the use of any type of growth hormones. However this is not the case in US. So like I always tell other people, don’t buy dairy products from US. They have a much looser standard than in Canada.

  13. i live in the usa we have a special needs child and i try to buy all organic foods as much as possible for her and we as a family has eating also and we love it we feel better then we used to after making the change

  14. I’ll be purchasing this next time I get milk for my grandkids! Thanks for the clarification of organic vs non organic etc. It certainly gets confusing sometimes!

  15. Never heard of this milk. Can you get it at any grocery store?

    • Not sure if you can get it at any store but I found it at Superstore.

  16. My daughter tries to use all things organic

  17. Have never heard of this product before but then again I am not a big milk drinker

  18. My kids drink milk everyday. We buy Dairyland but I have never seen the organic.

  19. I will look for this brand on our next time I go to town

  20. I wish this Milk was on the shelf where I shop we really need to be concerned about Hormones and Antibiotics in our food

  21. I thought I was buying Avalon Organic milk. I find the Avalon skim is less fatty than the Dairyland…might be in my head. My largest motivation for buying organic is to avoid GMO’s so I am thankful for your info here that confirms the Dairyland Organic Milk cows are fed non GMO grain. YAY!!

  22. Thanks for the info on this, we use Dairyland organic milk and organic cream.

  23. Thanks for the info! My son is 18 months and thinking of getting him started on the organic milk. No GMO and Hormones I’m glad I found this infor.

  24. Never heard of this milk,we only have Dominion and a few smaller stores who dont carry this,shame would love to try it

  25. This product is not available in Newfoundland

  26. My daughter likes to purchase organic milk for the kids


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