From one organic dairyman’s perspective, healthy soil translates into healthy dairy cows, and ultimately tastier, and more nutritious milk.
Part 9: This installment in our history of organic agriculture will explore the challenges and contradictions of setting livestock standards using the scandalous abuse of the requirements for pasture to illustrate the very real limitations of organic certification.
Dairyman Garry Hansen couldn’t count on a consistent price for his milk due to the volatility of the dairy market that nearly drove him out of business at one point. So to save his cows, he had to become a processor and distributor of his own milk.
Next week on Food.Farmer.Earth we take a closer look at milk.
Riding in the hot July sun I could smell basil more than a quarter mile from Tantré Farm.
There are thousands of dairy farms out there. And most treat their cows on par with industry standards: Milk them until they no longer produce at large quantities and then “retire” them…usually to a feed lot. But Radiance Dairy is different. And that’s why we chose it as our first stop on the Real Food [...]
Text written by SARE Tom Trantham was one of South Carolina’s top producing dairymen back in the 1980s. But he wasn’t making much money. He ran a typical confined feeding operation and his feed bill alone ate up 65 percent of his gross income. Then something happened that changed his life. One day in April [...]
July 2, 2010; Pelzer, South Carolina. In 1989, dairy farmer, Tom Trantham, was facing almost certain financial collapse on his conventional, 92 cow dairy farm operation. With the costs of animal feed skyrocketing, many farmers were turning to BST to increase milk production, a hormone purported at the time of being safe, and as the [...]