Longer average lifespan
Pesticide and Herbicide free
herd and pasture
A difference you can see!
Our Cows, Our Friends
Cows are ruminants! The optimum food for these animals and their four compartment stomachs is a mixture of forages. That is because their stomachs work in tandem with bacteria, fungi, and protists to provide nutrients essential for their health. When "Bessy" eats corn or grain, her rumen produces acid which kills off some of the flora needed to feed her. While her production will increase, her milk's quality will decrease through dilution and reduced forage intake. Feed additives like baking soda are essential when cows are fed concentrates, to buffer the acid, maintain a healthy Ph and manage the symptoms of acidosis.
So many of the ills cows suffer from in confinement are solved when they are back on grass. Stress on feet and legs is reduced when off of the concrete. Milk quality is improved and as the cows are not pushed for quantity, stress is reduced by fewer milking's, proper diet, and cleaner environment. This in turn reduces the incidence of mastitis, a leading cause for the use of antibiotics on the farm. As an added plus, Maid-N-Meadows' cows are milked seasonally to insure that when our girls are making milk they are receiving the most nourishing food possible. Making milk is hard work and we are happy the girls get a winter vacation.
Worldwide, the average lifespan for a dairy cow is roughly 2.4 lactations, which is about 3 to 4 years old! Cows with access to grass are reported to live much longer. Maid-N-Meadows' oldest cow, Red, is 9 and going strong! (Pictured above, center)