Raising the Bar(n) on the Farm


You’ve seen the pictures and videos of cows on Organic Valley farms enjoying fresh green pasture. It’s pretty easy to get great photos when our cows are outside 50% more often than the USDA Certified Organic requirement. No one requires conventional farms to give cows outdoor time.

Smaller Herds

Smaller cow herds mean more personal care. Our average herd size is less than 80 cows, which is 3.5 times smaller than the national average dairy herd size! That means each cow and calf gets more TLC from the farmer who cares for them every day. This goes for our chicken, hog and beef cattle farmers too.

Better Food for Our Chickens

Chickens in our cooperative get organic feed and access to grassy pastures, but then we go a few steps above and beyond that. Our farmers carefully manage the ratios of what is in the flock’s feed compared to the nutrition they receive on pasture, to improve overall egg nutrition and quality. This gives egg-lovers the dark yellow egg yolks they’re looking for. All of these efforts go above and beyond the organic definition.

Here’s more about how we provide what hens want.

Chicken looks at camera on a green pasture.

Chickens live it up at the Glick's small organic family farm in Pennsylvania.

More Outdoor Access for Poultry

The farmers of our cooperative also give their chickens and turkeys more space outdoors and plenty of time to enjoy it (weather permitting, of course). We advocated right alongside you to get the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule integrated into USDA Organic certification, but bureaucracy stopped that from happening. We decided to go ahead and adopt the recommended policies on our farms because it was the right thing to do for our animals, and it’s what you expected from us.

We Pay Our Farmers First

Other companies pay business expenses before paying their farmers. However, Organic Valley’s founders were actually real farmers, and they knew that wasn’t right. Our entire cooperative is built on the foundation of establishing a stable pay price for farmers. When we have a good year, farmers get even more for their hard work through profit-sharing.

Aerial shot of Organic Valley Chaseburg facilties.

An aerial view of our Chaseburg Creamery nestled in its valley in Southwestern Wisconsin. Photo by Andrew Hohlfeld.

Raising the Bar in the Creamery

57 Quality Checks

Yes, you heard that right: 57! Some people might say that’s just too many, but we say putting healthy, safe, certified organic milk, eggs and produce on shelves is worth the extra time. We test during every step of the process, from the milk trucks picking up on the farm, to unloading at the processing plant, to pasteurizing the milk and churning vats of fresh butter, to the packages of milk zipping out our warehouse doors to your favorite stores. It’s the same for every one of our products.

Halal and Kosher Certification

We make food so that everyone can enjoy it. That’s why many of our products are both halal and kosher certified. It’s important to us that anyone who wants to enjoy organic food can feel good about choosing Organic Valley.

Continually Improving our Processing

We never stop iterating and improving how we make our products. We invest in infrastructure when it improves quality and increases production. We built a facility for cheese packaging and ghee production, and we also purchased a creamery in McMinnville, Oregon. We keep improving our processing because it’s the right thing to do.

Solar panels and wind turbines on the Organic Valley Cashton facilities.

This solar field tucked underneath one of our wind turbines helped us reach our goal to be 100% renewable energy powered!

100% Renewable Energy

Our campus in Wisconsin includes two office buildings, two production facilities and a major warehouse, all of which are 100% renewably powered through a combination of wind, solar and geothermal energy. But we’re not done! As we grow, we’re continually thinking about how we can do more. While organic certification has no rules about renewable energy, we believe sustainability, organic food and renewable energy go hand-in-hand.

We were also excited to learn Organic Valley’s national dairy farm average greenhouse gas emissions are 24% lower than other conventional U.S. dairy averages!

Organic food and farming practices make it so you can feel good about what you put on your family’s table, and that’s why Organic Valley goes above and beyond the basic requirements. Are we overachievers? Maybe. But we’re OK with that. We raise the bar so that you can raise your glass, fork or spoon with confidence.

Want more?

Part business strategy, part passion, part social experiment — the people behind Organic Valley, the nation's largest organic dairy cooperative, will give you a new perspective on what it takes to put fresh, organic milk on your family's table. Watch our “Chain of Goodness” video to see how we’ve been bringing goodness to organic food lovers for 30-plus years.

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