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Hollister, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The weather got cold, and Sean Mallett had to bring his almost 1200 dairy cows in from the organic pastures to the corrals.
But not to worry.
These girls will still get a strictly organic diet to eat.
“It ranges anywhere from alfalfa, to corn silage, to barley silage, oatlage. We feed organic corn, organic canola. Everything that the girls need to really stay healthy and produce good quality milk,” Mallett, partner at Nature’s Harmony Dairy, says.
As Mallett explains, the organic rules require these cows to graze at least four months out of the year…
And 30 percent of their feed has to come from pasture.
Most of his cows are out eating grass up to six months each year.
And, as he points out, that's what consumers are looking for in the grocery aisle.
“This is a value-added type product that resonates with the consumer, so that you can retain more value on-farm. So these producers are making more, almost twice the amount of money that the conventional would be making per hundredweight,” explains Cindy Daley, California State University at Chico.
Mallett tries to support local organic farms by buying most of his cattle’s feed within a 75 mile radius of his farm.
Last year, organic products sold in the U.S. added up to 67 billion dollars.
Three years from now, that could grow to 105 billion dollars.
“Because over 90% of foods right now in the grocery stores in the U.S. are genetically modified, to either accept an herbicide and not die, or to create their own pesticides. So we really want to give people a healthy choice when they go to the grocery store,” Mallet says.
Mallett believes he's built a sustainable business to pass along to his children…
And he loves producing a fresh, high quality product.