What Does Grass Fed Mean?

Grass Fed means feeding cows grass! Our cows never eat less than 80% grass, year-round.

The Grass Fed Difference

Why is grass fed better for you?

The primary health benefit is that the omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio of grass fed milk is significantly improved – up to 300% in comparison to that of non-grass fed milk (5). It’s also been shown to increase the content of CLA in milk by over 5 times (7). Surveys conducted show its health promoting effects in obesity, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, diabetes, insulin resistance, inflammation, and some types of cancer (9, 10).

Why is grass fed better for the cows?

A cow’s stomach is pH neutral, a perfect environment for digesting grass (2). By utilizing grass feeding protocols, we are creating a great digestive environment for our cows to thrive, resulting in great tasting milk.

Why is grass fed better for the environment?

Cows that graze on grass create manure on the pastures, which is a natural, sustainable fertilizer. This reduces water pollution and erosion levels and ensures better soil and better plant growth (3). At Rolling Meadow Dairy, we believe in helping our planet, and if that means grass feeding – we’re in!

Don’t all cows eat grass?

Modern farming practices utilize predominantly silage and grain as feed (1). We set out to make the best milk we could, and we discovered that utilizing traditional grass feeding practices not only makes us different, but is also good for you, good for the cows and good for the environment!

What are the nutritional benefits of grass fed dairy products?

The primary health benefit is that the omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio of grass fed milk is significantly improved (up to 300%) in comparison to that of non-grass fed milk (5). Less omega-6, and more omega-3 means more health benefits from omega-3, the healthy fats! Considering the omega-3 content of grass fed milk has been shown to be 3x that found in milk from cows fed a diet comprised primarily of corn silage, we feel good knowing our milk can contribute to a healthier you (6).

Are there any other benefits of grass fed dairy products to the consumer?

Beyond the nutritional benefits discussed above, consumer feedback suggests grass fed dairy is more easily digestible.

Is grass feeding more sustainable?

Cows that graze on grass create manure on the pastures, which is a natural, sustainable fertilizer. This reduces water pollution and erosion levels and ensures better soil and better plant growth (8). At Rolling Meadow Dairy, we believe in helping our planet, and if that means grass feeding – we’re in!

Challenge Convention

We’ve been told that having our cows eat grass year-round is different, and if that’s the case, we’re okay with being a little different!

The Grass Fed Difference

Our Story

We set out to make the best milk possible, and we discovered that utilizing traditional grass feeding practices not only makes us different, but is also good for you, good for the cows and good for the environment! We are a proudly Canadian company and work with local farmers in Ontario and British Columbia to bring you great tasting, local grass fed dairy.

Happy Cows Graze On Grass.

We allow our cows to graze on pasture as long as our Canadian weather allows and ensure they are kept happy and healthy.

Quality & Cows Matter

Good things take time 
and great things are 
worth waiting for

Our farmers utilize practices that may not produce the highest quantity of milk, but they sure do produce great quality milk. Like you, we feel that cows appreciate the little things like a long walk across a field of having the sun on your face during a sunny summer day. We believe in respect and dignity for our animals and partner with farmers who agree wholeheartedly with our position on animal welfare.

How many days a year do the cows graze on grass?

Due to the climate in Southwestern Ontario, our pasture grazing period is approximately half of the year. Cows graze on pasture approximately 150 days, even more if the weather permits. Over the winter months, the diet for the cows primarily consists of stored grasses; this ensures we can provide you with high quality grass-fed dairy products year-round!

How many days a year do the cows graze on grass?

Due to the climate in Southwestern Ontario and British Columbia, our pasture grazing period is approximately half of the year. Cows graze on pasture approximately 150 days, even more if the weather permits. Over the winter months, the diet for the cows primarily consists of stored grasses; this ensures we can provide you with high quality grass-fed dairy products year-round!

Do the cows eat only grass?

A healthy cow means a happy cow, and we want our cows to be as happy as possible. With that in mind, and with the guidance of veterinarians and animal nutritionists, we have established a diet for our cows to ensure that they are healthy! A percentage of added minerals and starches are used in the diet to ensure they have enough energy and nutrition to produce milk while maintaining healthy immune and digestive systems (2). As long as weather permits, the cows graze on fresh pasture outside, and grass comprises 90-95% of their diets. Grasses are cut during the summer and fall to feed the cows during the winter months when they are typically fed 85% grass. As all efforts are made to ensure that the cows are fed as much grass as possible without sacrificing their health, cows are never fed less than 80% grass. They are getting grass as their primary source of food all year long- not easy to do in Canada!

How do you ensure the cows are fed grass all of the time?

As long as weather permits, the cows are free to roam outside and graze on grass. We cut grasses all summer and fall to feed to our cows in the winter and early spring. They are getting grass as their primary source of food all year long – not easy to do in Canada!

Where are your farms located?

We are a proudly Canadian company and work with local farmers in Southwestern Ontario. These partnerships include various Mennonite and Dutch farms.

How many cows are on your partner farms?

Animal well-being is a top priority for us which is why our partner farms maintain herds under 100 total milking cows.

Are the cows on your partner farms A1 or A2?

The cows on Rolling Meadow Dairy partner farms produce a mixture of both A1 and A2 milk.

How happy are the cows?

We think it’s fair to say that our cows have a very happy life. They spend approximately half the year outside (weather permitting) and are treated with respect and dignity at all times. If cows could smile, ours would have sore cheeks!

Are your products organic?

Rolling Meadow products are currently not certified organic. We are proud to work with local farmers that share our high standards for environmental sustainability, animal welfare, and product safety. At this time, certifying all of the local farms where our milk is produced is unviable, but something we are continuing to review.

Are the grass fields ever treated with herbicide or glyphosate (Roundup) specifically?

No, the grasses that the cows eat are never treated with herbicide or glyphosate, including Roundup. All of our farmers sign an agreement with the condition they will not use herbicides on any crops which are fed to cows producing for Rolling Meadow. Our farms are set up on an audit system where they are monitored frequently to assure they fit our protocols for animal welfare and quality assurance.

Are your products non-GMO?

Seed that is planted on our current partner farms is non-GMO. As we begin to work with additional local farms, they may have had a different feeding protocol prior to being part of our program, so in that instance, we cannot guarantee non-GMO status. We believe in providing consumers with non-GMO products, and are working with our partner farms to ensure our products are non-GMO by immediately implementing non-GMO pasture practices.

Are Rolling Meadow products free of added growth hormones?

Yes, like all dairy in Canada, Rolling Meadow products come from cows raised without the use of added growth hormones.

Are your products free of antibiotics?

Yes, all Rolling Meadow Dairy products test negative for the presence of antibiotics. In accordance with the Dairy Farmers of Ontario policy, we treat sick cows with antibiotics to ensure a healthy recovery. Cows are not milked during treatment. Antibiotics as preventative care are not permitted.

Sprouts

Fresh Greens, Year-Round.

We feed our cows sprouts in the winter to ensure they are eating fresh greens year-round.

What are the benefits of feeding cows sprouts?

The primary health benefit is an improvement of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in addition to that from consuming grass. Less omega-6 and more omega-3 means more health benefits from omega-3 fatty acids, which are the healthy fats! (5, 13) An additional benefit of sprouting is the improvement of the overall health of the cows. The cows’ digestion is improved because they are consuming active enzymes and a good supply of Vitamins A, E, and B Complex. (14) Bonus: The overall taste of the sprouts is a little bit sweet, so the cows love them!

How do sprouts impact the overall health of the cows?

The overall health of the cows is improved because their digestion is optimized from consuming active enzymes through a living food allowing them to digest more efficiently. (13, 14)

Are the cows being fed sprouts all year-round, or just in the winter months?

Our cows graze on pasture as long as weather permits. When weather does not permit, sprouts are included in their diet to help ensure we are providing the most nutrition to our cows year-round. The length of time which they are on pasture/feeding on sprouts will vary year to year depending on the weather.

Do you continue to feed cows grass in the winter?

Yes, we cut grasses all summer and fall to feed to our cows in the winter and early spring. They are getting grass as their primary source of food all year long – not easy to do in Canada!

Frequently Asked Questions

Good for the Cows

A cow’s stomach is pH neutral, a perfect environment for digesting grass (2). By utilizing grass feeding protocols, we are creating a great digestive environment for our cows to thrive, resulting in great tasting milk.

Do your cows only eat grass?

A healthy cow means a happy cow, and we want our cows to be as happy as possible. With that in mind, and with the guidance of veterinarians and animal nutritionists, we have established a diet for our cows to ensure that they are healthy! A percentage of added minerals and starches are used in the diet to ensure they have enough energy and nutrition to produce milk while maintaining healthy immune and digestive systems.

Are Rolling Meadow Products free of antibiotics and growth hormones?

Yes, all Rolling Meadow Dairy products test negative for the presence of antibiotics. In accordance with the Dairy Farmers of Ontario policy, we treat sick cows with antibiotics to ensure a healthy recovery. Cows are not milked during treatment. Antibiotics as preventative care are not permitted. Like all dairy in Canada, Rolling Meadow products come from cows raised without the use of added growth hormones.

How many days a year do the cows graze on grass?

Due to the climate in Southwestern Ontario, our pasture grazing period is approximately half of the year. Cows graze on pasture approximately 150 days, even more if the weather permits. Over the winter months, the diet for the cows primarily consists of stored grasses; this ensures we can provide you with high quality grass-fed dairy products year-round!

How many days a year do the cows graze on grass?

Due to the climate in Southwestern Ontario and British Columbia, our pasture grazing period is approximately half of the year. Cows graze on pasture approximately 150 days, even more if the weather permits. Over the winter months, the diet for the cows primarily consists of stored grasses; this ensures we can provide you with high quality grass-fed dairy products year-round!

How happy are the cows?

We think it’s fair to say that our cows have a very happy life. They spend approximately half the year outside (weather permitting) and are treated with respect and dignity at all times. If cows could smile, ours would have sore cheeks!

Frequently Asked Questions

Good for You

The primary health benefit is that the omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio of grass fed milk is significantly improved (up to 300%) in comparison to that of non-grass fed milk (5).

Do products made from grass fed cows look or taste different?

You will experience the same great taste of dairy you love, but you may find that the product feels a bit richer due to the change in the omega fatty acid ratio. Local Foodie and host of Let’s Eat!, Zane Caplansky, described our whole milk as being “sharp, rich and dense” next to conventional whole milk, which he described as being “tinny, like skim milk”.

Is Rolling Meadow milk pasteurized?

Yes, Rolling Meadow milk is pasteurized. Milk can contain harmful bacteria in its raw state, so it is required across Canada that it be pasteurized before it is sold to consumers (4). At Rolling Meadow Dairy, we heat our milk to a minimum time and temperature of 72ºC for 16 seconds. We utilize this temperature as it protects our milk’s great flavour while ensuring that harmful bacteria are killed off (11). Compared to our competitors that may utilize temperatures of up to 158ºC to pasteurize milk, we use a much lower temperature to ensure that you are getting the best tasting milk possible.

Please keep our milk cool, it’s sensitive! Being pasteurized at a lower temperature, our milk is very sensitive to heat. We recommend paying careful attention to keep it cool at all times in order to prevent early spoilage.

Are Rolling Meadow products homogenized?

Yes, all of our milk and yogourts are homogenized to provide a smooth consistency.  Homogenization prevents the separation of milk and cream by breaking the fat into smaller particles. Without homogenization, the cream in the milk would separate from the skim and rise to the top of the container.

What makes your products different?

We are always looking for ways to produce clean, simple and quality grass fed dairy products. We utilize ingredients you can pronounce and avoid adding anything we don’t have to. Our plain yogourts and kefir are made from simple blends of grass fed milk and active bacterial cultures, and our flavoured varieties are sweetened with cane sugar. We believe in providing premium grass fed dairy products and truly think you can taste the grass fed difference.

Are your products non-GMO?

Seed that is planted on our current partner farms is non-GMO. As we begin to work with additional local farms, they may have had a different feeding protocol prior to being part of our program, so in that instance, we cannot guarantee non-GMO status. We believe in providing consumers with non-GMO products, and are working with our partner farms to ensure our products are non-GMO by immediately implementing non-GMO pasture practices.

What is kefir?

Kefir, pronounced keh-feer, is a cultured and fermented milk beverage. It is produced from bacterial cultures and milk. Rolling Meadow Kefir is made from grass fed dairy and has 2 billion live bacterial cultures per 250 ml serving. Kefir has been shown to contribute to digestive and gut health (12). Rolling Meadow Kefir is more liquid than yogourt and is slightly effervescent. Try adding a touch of maple syrup or fresh fruit to the plain kefir for a new flavour!

Why can’t I find Rolling Meadow Dairy butter anywhere?

Right now, the demand for butter outweighs our supply. Producing and selling more milk will allow us to churn more butter – something that we hope to do more of in the future!

In the meantime, we’ve sought another way to bring consumers great-tasting, nutritious grass fed butter by importing butter from New Zealand. We encourage you to try our grass fed Kiwi Pure butter that also comes from cows that eat grass all year long!

What are the differences between Rolling Meadow Butter and Kiwi Pure Butter?

Like Rolling Meadow Butter, Kiwi Pure Butter is made from milk that comes from cows fed grass year round. However, the cows who make Kiwi Pure live in New Zealand, which has a longer grazing season. We are sure you will agree that both butters are delicious, but they do have different qualities because of the differences between New Zealand and Canadian climate! For example, Kiwi Pure is more yellow in colour because of the high beta-carotene content of fresh grass and has a fat content of 83%, whereas our Rolling Meadow Butter has a fat content of 80%.

What does “Packaged On” mean?

The “packaged on” date is the date the butter was packaged on. The butter is freshest for 3 months from this date if refrigerated, and a year if frozen.

Are your dairy products Kosher?

Yes, all Rolling Meadow Dairy products are certified Kosher.

Are your dairy products Kosher?

All Rolling Meadow Dairy Products, except for our 2L and 4L local BC milk jugs, are certified Kosher.

Why do you add Vitamin A palmitate and Vitamin D to your milk?

It is required by Canadian law that vitamin D is added to all forms of fluid and that vitamin A is added to skim and partly skimmed milks, including our chocolate milks. We work to keep our products as pure as possible, only adding what is required by law.

Is the milk from which your Greek Yogourt and Sour Cream is made homogenized?

Yes, the milk from which our Greek Yogourt and Sour Cream is made is homogenized.

What’s the deal with omegas?

Less omega-6, and more omega-3 means more health benefits from omega-3, the healthy fats! Considering the omega-3 content of grass fed milk has been shown to be 3x that found in milk from cows fed a diet comprised primarily of corn silage, we feel good knowing our milk can contribute to a healthier you (6).

Frequently Asked Questions

Good for the Environment

Cows that graze on grass create manure on the pastures, which is a natural, sustainable fertilizer. This reduces water pollution and erosion levels and ensures better soil and better plant growth (8). At Rolling Meadow Dairy, we believe in helping our planet, and if that means grass feeding – we’re in!

Are Rolling Meadow products organic?

Rolling Meadow products are currently not certified organic. We are proud to work with local farmers that share our high standards for environmental sustainability, animal welfare, and product safety. At this time, certifying all of the local farms where our milk is produced is unviable, but something we are continuing to review.

Where are these wonderful happy farms located?

We are a proudly Canadian company and work with local farmers in Southwestern Ontario. These partnerships include various Mennonite and Dutch farms.

Where are these wonderful happy farms located?

We are a proudly Canadian company and work with local farmers in Southwestern Ontario and British Columbia.

What does “Fairtrade” mean?

Our Classic Chocolate Milk is certified Fairtrade by Fairtrade Canada. This guarantees that our chocolate milks are made with cocoa and sugar produced by small-scale farmer organizations that meet the standards of Fairtrade Canada. These standards are in place to protect the rights of small-scale workers and help to improve their working and living conditions. Fairtrade is 50% owned by producers, ensures that farmers are paid a fair price for their products, and are offered a premium to help with other needs. As ethically produced foods are valued by Rolling Meadow Dairy, we have chosen to source Fairtrade cocoa and sugar to make our chocolate milk with. To learn more about Fairtrade Canada and its standards, visit Fairtrade Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sprouts

Feeding our cows sprouts in the winter is our way of ensuring we produce the highest quality milk, and provide the most nutrition to our cows, all year-round.

What are the benefits of feeding cows sprouts?

The primary health benefit is an improvement of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in addition to that from consuming grass. Less omega-6 and more omega-3 means more health benefits from omega-3 fatty acids, which are the healthy fats! (5, 13) An additional benefit of sprouting is the improvement of the overall health of the cows. The cows’ digestion is improved because they are consuming active enzymes and a good supply of Vitamins A, E, and B Complex. (14) Bonus: The overall taste of the sprouts is a little bit sweet, so the cows love them!

Which of your products contain dairy from sprout fed cows?

All Rolling Meadow Dairy Products, except for our 2L and 4L local BC milk jugs, are made with sprout-fed dairy.

How long does it take to grow the sprouts?

It takes 7 days to grow from seed to sprout. The seeds are soaked overnight and then seeded the next day. This process initiates the germination of the seed. For the next 6 days, the seeds are watered and placed in the sunlight. On the seventh day, the seeds grow into beautiful sprouts that are ready for harvesting (and eating!).

Are the cows being fed sprouts all year-round, or just in the winter months?

Our cows graze on pasture as long as weather permits. When weather does not permit, sprouts are included in their diet to help ensure we are providing the most nutrition to our cows year-round. The length of time which they are on pasture/feeding on sprouts will vary year to year depending on the weather.

Do you continue to feed cows grass in the winter months?

Yes, we cut grasses all summer and fall to feed to our cows in the winter and early spring. They are getting grass as their primary source of food all year long – not easy to do in Canada!

Frequently Asked Questions

Eggs

In addition to delicious grass fed dairy products, we also partner with local farms to produce pastured, free-range eggs.

How many hens make up your flocks?

Most of the farmers that we work with are considered “part-time” egg farmers with small flocks of anywhere between 100-500 hens per farm. While that might seem like a lot of chickens, it’s about the equivalent to a farm having just 1-5 cows.

Where are your chicken farming partners located?

All of our chicken farming partners are located in Southwestern Ontario.

How long do the farmers keep the hens for?

The hens are kept between 12-18 months. This is dependent on the quality of the eggs that are produced and the health of the hens.

What do you feed your hens?

Each of our farming partners feed what they know is best for the chickens. This includes flax for added omega-3 benefits. Our hens have access to outdoor pasture year-round which means in addition to the feed they can forage for foods.

What does "Pastured" mean?

We provide pasture access to our chickens all year round, even in the winter months. This way the chickens have the ability to graze on pasture on milder winter days – which we seem to be having more and more of each year! We also bring grasses indoors in the colder months to create an environment that is comfortable for our chickens.

Does the feed contain antibiotics?

No antibiotics are added to the feed. Our chickens live healthy lives, however, in the event that they may become unwell, our farmers will consult with a veterinarian.

Is the feed Organic and non-GMO?

At this time, the feed that is fed to our chickens is not certified Organic and non-GMO.