Our cows eat their natural diet
Our very small herd of Jersey cows is grazed all year round on diverse organically managed pastures. They eat grass, clover, wildflowers, a diverse mixture of highly nutritious herbs and have access to hedgerows and browsing trees. In the winter this diet is supplemented with our own home-grown hay from these same pastures. We use Holistic Planned Grazing (mob grazing) to ensure our cows always have access to the most nutritious selection of pasture species and our cows transform these beautiful diverse foods into delicious nutrient-rich milk.
It is very important to us at Smiling Tree that our ‘grass-fed’ cows really are 100% grass fed. They never get grains, soya, root crops, brassicas or silage. These are not part of a cow’s natural diet and they can all have detrimental effects either to her health or to the taste and quality of her milk. Grains are a particular problem as they adversely change the composition of milk, alter its healthy balance of fats and inhibit the activity of the natural enzymes and beneficial probiotic bacteria.
Our cows are all A2 cows
All the cows in our milking herd have been individually tested and all carry only A2 beta-casien protein to ensure your milk does not contain any of the mutant A1 protein.
Our cows are milked only once a day
The fact that they are milked just once a day is as vitally important as our cows' solely pastural diet in yielding a super concentrated, nutrient-rich milk. Cows can only metabolise a certain volume of nutrients each day, so by milking them just once, we allow these nutrients to be concentrated into that one udder full. The result is rich, creamy and highly nutritious milk with the health benefits described below.
Our cows keep their calves
We strive for quality, not quantity. We focus not only on the quality of the produce but also on the animals' quality of life. Dairy cows are extremely mumsy and they love their calves. This is why we are a cow-calf dairy, allowing our cows to keep their calves. We care for our Jerseys thoughtfully, to ensure that both cows and calves live contented, healthy and stress-free lives.
Our cows’ milk is bottled and labelled individually
So that you know which cow your milk is from.