From Farm to Market
Where Milk Comes From
Dairy cows are managed for optimum growth and performance. The care given to proper diet and nutrition in the feeding of these animals far exceeds most of our own concerns about what meets our taste buds. Granted, the diet of a cow doesn't offer much variety, but it is ideally suited to the beast. A basic diet is made up of high quality forage—fresh or harvested grass—to meet their roughage needs, harvested corn to increase carbohydrate levels, and processed grains to increase protein levels. The ration (what we call a meal) will be balanced and mixed to meet the nutritional requirements of cattle, and fed at regular intervals. That's gourmet dining!

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