"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated"
- Mahatma Gandhi
Organic production practices are both earth and animal friendly. Thanks to input from concerned consumers, American Humane Association (AHA) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the National Organic Standards:
Organic Valley customers often tell us they are concerned about humane animal treatment. So are Organic Valley farmers. Many of our dairy and poultry farmers have stories about building their barn before the house!
All Organic Valley animals have access to outdoors. Cattle graze in pasture whenever possible. Natural sunlight is required in the hen houses. To learn more about our farms and additional standards, visit our Transparency page.
Our on-staff animal care specialist consults with farmers on how to work with animals' natural behaviors to maximize their comfort and well-being.
Many Organic Valley farmers prefer to accept less than 50 pounds of milk per day rather than the usual 70 pounds conventional farmers expect. Farmers observe that this practice reduces stress on the animals and increases longevity.
Care for animals is a primary concern for our farmers. Since the use of antibiotics and other quick fixes is strictly prohibited, organic animal farming has to involve healthy, happy animals. Our three staff veterinarians provide holistic health care expertise and assistance to our farmers.
Organic Valley animals are raised on some of the smallest farms in America! Our average herd size is 77 cows. Appropriate scale is important to our philosophy of animal welfare.
Organic Valley farmers often say that one of the reasons they farm is they love animals. From cows and chickens to horses and barn cats, all are considered part of the harmony of sustainable organic farming.