Healthful Cows

Cows are our reason for being.

Why Healthful Cows Matter

It’s a simple fact, healthful cows are more productive.

And they’re central to our business and lives. That’s why we're committed to keeping our cows healthful, comfortable, and productive. We do this by working with herd experts and adopting technology that allows our farmers to monitor a cow’s well-being.

Cow comfort is a high priority for all dairy farmers. The more comfortable cows are, the more production they have. And, overall, they’re healthier.”

—Kate Lott DVM, Tillamook Director of Farm Engagement
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Coming through for our cows.

A lot goes into keeping cows healthful. It starts with physical well-being, supervised by our farmers and on-staff veterinarian. Then, it continues by providing a low-stress environment, handling our cow herds humanely and conscientiously, and optimizing comfort and cleanliness.

Introducing cow care.

Our cow care focuses on minimizing stress in three daily activities: when cows stand to milk, when cows stand to eat and drink, and when cows lie down.

A cow getting a back rub from a brush.
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WHAT WE ARE DOING

Cow collars go high-tech.

Electronic activity monitors, or cow “Fitbit®” trackers as we like to call them, give our farmers dependable, real-time data about their cows’ well-being. With this information, farmers can stay ahead of illness by providing immediate care that could benefit the entire herd.

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A truly cow-friendly diet.

Meet Blaise Bennett, a Tillamook farmer-owner who’s part farmer, part businessman, and part animal nutritionist. The feed in his barn is not simply grass, but a mix of high-quality agricultural products, such as hay and corn silage, that ensure his cows get the best nutrition available.

  • Grass Silage

    Grass silage is chopped, fermented grass. It has a higher moisture level than dry hay. This means it is more digestible and palatable for cows. Grass silage provides cows protein and fiber, along with vitamins.

  • Ground Corn

    Ground corn is corn kernels that have been processed so that they are more digestible than whole kernels. Ground corn provides cows an energy source.

  • Alfalfa

    Alfalfa is legume dry hay. It provides cows with fiber, protein, and an energy source. Different parts of the crop offer different benefits. Alfalfa stems provide fiber mat in the rumen and slower digestibility. Alfalfa leaves are easily and quickly digested for nutrients.

  • Cotton Seed

    Cotton seed is a by-product feed that provides cows good protein and fiber. Cotton seed also stimulates milk production and milk fat percentage.

  • Soy Meal

    Soy Meal is processed soybeans, with oil removed, that provides cows protein and energy. Soy meal is highly digestible and palatable. In fact, it is considered the best plant protein source for animal feed.

Dedicated to our cows

We follow the “Five Freedoms” of good animal welfare, which are inspired by the World Organization for Animal Health: adequate food and water, comfort and shelter, proper handling, prevention and treatment of disease and injury, and prevention and minimization of fear, stress, and suffering.

Holstein cows grazing on pasture.
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Doing dairy right means doing right by our cows.

It’s through our commitment to healthful cows that we’re able to produce the highest quality cheese, ice cream, yogurt, sour cream, and butter.

A loaf of cheese.
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