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Products from Grass-fed, or pasture-raised dairy cows offer a number of benefits over dairy from grain-fed animals. Below we outline the main differences in their nutrition factors.
Benefit 01: Healthy People.
Grass-fed, free-range dairy provides superior human nutrition when compared to grain-fed dairy.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid - Grass-fed cows produce milk that contains approximately 125% more heart healthy CLA than milk from traditional concentrated or grain fed cows. CLA is a fatty acid that helps regulate the immune system and maintain cardiovascular health.
Beta Carotene and Vitamin E - Grass-fed dairy has higher levels of these antioxidants that protect cells from free radical damage to DNA. They can help to preserve eyesight, support immunity and bone density.
Omega 3 Fatty Acid - Grass-fed cows milk contains ~145% more Omega 3 fatty acid promoting eye and brain health and a better ratio of Omega 3 to 6 vs. conventional milk, which can help reduce cardiovascular disease and obesity.
Benefit 02: Healthy Planet
Grass-fed, free-range dairy is more environmentally friendly than intensive animal farming.
Carbon Sequestration - Grass cover means less erosion and ability for soil to hold carbon rather than releasing it into the atmosphere.
Soil Biology - Manure provides fertilization for the soil to maintain soil biology.
Reduced Emissions - Cows use their own bodily energy to feed as opposed to growing, harvesting and trucking feed into a feedlot. This results in ~30% less GHG emissions than confined animal operations.
Biodiversity of Insects - Pasture provides a habitat for insect life and pollinators.
Benefit 03: Healthy Animals
Free-roaming cows on pasture enjoy a more natural life than those in a concentrated feed lot environment.