Clear Spring Creamery is a family dairy farm with an on site Grade A processing facility. The farm consists of 100 acres of pasture. Our cows are on the pastures every day of the year and are happiest when there is plenty of green grass to graze. Hay harvested in the early summer from excess pasture growth is fed back to the cows in winter or during droughts.
Being grass-based enables us to utilize less fossil fuels to produce crops (grasses are a perennial crop), increases the sustainability of our farm and allows the cow's biology to work as nature intended. The cows harvest their own food and fertilize the soil at the same time. During the growing season we give the cows access to new pastures each day. A solar array provides over 75% of the electricity that we use for the milking parlor and creamery, which further reduces our carbon footprint.
We don't push our cows for the maximum production, our goal is high quality. We milk once a day, which is uncommon in the US but is gaining popularity in other countries. We also let our cows raise their calves. The calves stay with their mother and nurse them for up to 6 months. The cows give less milk- but in turn they are under less stress, we are under less stress and they should live longer, get sick less frequently and require less food. We also feed them very little grain, on average about one quarter the typical amount fed to cows. This also reduces milk production, but decreases acidification in the cows stomach which benefits their health and longevity.