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  • What cultures are used in Organic Meadow yogurt products?

    L.acidophilus, B.biffidus, S.thermophilus and L.bulgaricus.  The milk is pasteurized prior to adding the culture so that the culture is not destroyed. 

    Answered by: Customer Service

  • What are the benefits of the yogurt cultures?

    The following benefits were found when ingesting lactobacillus and acidophilus:

     

    • Production of B vitamins and lactic acid.
    • Production of lactase, which helps digest food.
    • Improvement of the absorption of minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and iron.
    • Prevention of bad breath caused by indigestion.
    • Contains cholesterol reducing properties.
    • Production of natural antibiotics. 
    • Inhibition and reduction of yeast infections.

     

    Answered by: Customer Service

  • Why is there skim milk in Organic Meadow yogurts?

    Whole milk is 3.8% fat, so to get low fat yogurt you must use skim milk. Skim milk powder is added to our yogurt as a milk solid to ensure a creamy consistency.

     

    Answered by: Customer Service

  • Welfare of Animals

    QUESTION:

    For the longest time, I had been thinking that we (my family) needed to turn to greener pasture (no pun intended) and with small steps at the time, I introduced organic food into my regular grocery item.  This week, finally decided to add Organic Meadow dairy and egg products to my long list of now ''organic only'' food purchase. I still have a long way to go to be fully organic, but my wallet is getting used to it and my mental and physical health is definitely benefiting from it as well.

     

    My true love of the animal is probably the biggest push behind my decision and I take great comfort to think that while I sit and enjoy my dairy product, the animal were not abused, not fed sub-standard food and were treated with respect. What I don't know and fear is how they are treated when it is time to say ''goodbye''.  Is the process of ending an animal life gentler than the conventional way?  Having worked and volunteered  in many animal refuges across the world, I  am very sensitive to the welfare of animals and was wondering if an organic farm have a better approach to this difficult phase in an animal life. 

     

    Thank you so much for your time and I am very happy that finally I am in a position to help farmers within my regions achieve balance between profit and work ethic. 

     

    Sending you all my best wishes to a prosper future.

     

    ANSWER:

    Our true love of cows and the land was probably our biggest push behind our decision to become a member of the Organic Meadow Co-operative.  I can assure you that our cows are not abused, are fed high quality organic food and pasture and they are treated with love and respect.  Everyday they go outside for exercise, sunshine and fresh air.

     

    Although I can't speak for all  farmers,  I can honestly tell you that most of our cows live long happy lives and continue to produce milk for many years.  Losing one of our cows is like losing a family member.  We have raised each and every one since they were born and know their unique personality (and their quirks!).  Our cows are purebred registered Holsteins and even our 7 year old grand-daughter can pick a cow out in the field and tell you the cow's name.  I can usually remember each cow's family tree (their Grandmas and Grandpas on each side of the family) for at least four generations.  One of our favourite cows is "Birchwind Milan Ta".  She will be celebrating her 14th birthday in October and is currently expecting her 12th calf.  It is a very sad day on our farm when a cow has to leave and a very happy day when a new heifer is born.

     

    Thank you for choosing Organic Meadow.

     

    Answered by: Ron and Deb Vice, Dairy Producer

  • Is your butter grass-fed butter?

    We cannot claim our butter is from 100% grass-fed cows, however, one of the main principles of organic dairy is that the cows must eat primarily grass.  Each farm is independently owned and operated so what happens on each farm is slightly different depending on the cow breed, the soil type, the amount of land that they have etc. 

     

    Throughout the summer the cows are out to pasture between approx. April to November eating what they graze. 

     

    Because we live in Canada and the grass is covered during the snowy winter months, eating only grass in winter is difficult.  During this time they are also fed alfalfa, oats, barley, peas, soybeans, corn etc. Our farmers also grow and collect hay during the warm months for winter storage. 

     

    All of their feed must be 100% certified organic and non-GMO and must not contain any animal byproducts (100% vegetarian!)

     

    Answered by: Customer Service

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