Our Cows

Life as a Wisconsin Dairy Cow

Wisconsin dairy farmers know that when it comes to their cows, proper health is essential! That's why our dairy farmers offer nutritious diets, comfortable living conditions and good medical care to help maintain a healthy, comfortable herd.

Dairy Cow Care

It might not come as much of a surprise, but dairy cows tend to eat healthier than most people. 

  • Dairy cow diets are carefully planned by professional nutritionists.
  • Cows feed is made of many foods we can't eat that are turned into nutrient rich milk.
  • Athletes train in stages. Similarly, dairy cows milk in stages, and each stage requires a unique diet.

What's a Ruminant?

Cows Are Ruminants

Cows' stomachs are formed with four different sections. This is called being a ruminant animal. Ruminants can digest grasses (forages) and other grain feeds that humans can't. 
Nutritionists and farmers work hard to make sure every cow receives a balanced diet specially designed for their unique needs. These recipes contain a perfect ratio of protein, fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals to keep a cow healthy. Healthy cows live happy lives and produce the best quality milk.


Dairy Cow Treatment

In Wisconsin, we treat our cows with kindness and respect. After all, without their hard work we wouldn't have a livelihood.
Wisconsin farmers strive to offer the most comfortable, clean bedding and living conditions possible. Dairy cows have access to feed, as well as fresh, clean water 24 hours a day. Regardless of the type of barn, dairy farmers focus on proper ventilation and protection from the elements.

Certified Animal Care

The FARM Program

The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management™ (FARM) program was established in 2009 to provide assurance that dairy farmers raise and care for their animals in a humane and ethical manner, and over 97% of the Wisconsin milk supply comes from participating farms. Certified experts evaluate farmers at least once every three years, and third-party verification ensures program integrity from authorities outside of the dairy industry.

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Health & Medical Attention

Cows receive regular veterinary care, including check-ups, preventative vaccinations and prompt treatment when an illness occurs. If a cow gets sick and needs to take antibiotics, her milk is separated so her milk does not enter the food supply. Her milk is then discarded until the antibiotics have cleared her system. As extra security, all milk is tested for antibiotics on the farm and at the processing plant. This means all milk is anti-biotic free.