Is Grassy Cow Dairy a “Grass Fed” Dairy?
Our highest priority is to completely meet the nutritional needs of all of our animals. Happy healthy cows produce quality milk. Also, it takes time for a farm to evolve into a grass fed dairy. The genetics of the cows must be appropriate and management of the grass needs to be highly developed in order to meet the cows’ nutritional needs. We strive to graze as much as possible and feed high quality forages and grain.
Does Grassy Cow Dairy plan on offering other dairy products in addition to cheese curd, in the future?
We are not ruling out any possibilities for expansion and additional products. We are currently in the process of developing an aged cheddar style cheese. Only time and feedback from our customers will tell what new products will be introduced.
Are Grassy Cow cheese curds “cheddar”?
There are strict guidelines required in order to call cheese products “cheddar” cheese. For example a defined amount of fat content from the milk and maximum moisture content must be guaranteed. As a small dairy producer, we are not having our milk and cheese contents analyzed; therefore, we cannot describe our cheese as “cheddar”. We are, however, using the same ingredients and processes used in cheddar cheese making facilities. You will find online discussion questioning if cheese curds are merely a byproduct when making cheese. Our cheese curds are far from being a byproduct. We use the freshest whole milk and produce only fresh squeaky cheese curds from it.
Is Grassy Cow cheese suitable for vegetarians?
If you are a vegetarian who eats dairy products, we believe our cheese is suitable for you. Other than the milk, there are no animal derived ingredients in our cheese. The rennet we use for the coagulation process is vegetable based.
What happens to the whey that is extracted from the milk?
Milk is approximately 90% water. During the process of making cheese, the watery portion of the milk (the whey) is expelled and only the fats and solids remain to be used to make the cheese. The whey, although mostly water, is highly nutritious for farm animals. We mix the left over whey into our farm animal feed to enhance their nutrition.