Our farmers cows graze free-range, 365 days a year with daily access to pastures. They’re only brought in from pasture for the following reasons:
How does Westgold define ‘grass-fed’?
We define term ‘grass-fed’ as a diet that consists of the following:
Not included as ‘Grass-Fed’ forage are grains, i.e. wheat, oats, barley, maize, rye and their derivatives, straw, silage and bailage, made from these cereal crops. These are classified as supplementary feed for the purpose of these grass-fed percentage calculations.
Based on the data collected in our annual feed surveys, we are able to calculate how much grass-based feed makes up the total diet of the cows on each of our milk supplier’s farms. These figures help us determine the percentage of Westgold’s milk supply that comes from grass-fed cows.
Because of this, Westgold can confidently substantiate the claim that its products are made from grass-fed milk solids. We can also claim that the majority of its total milk solids production comes from cows on a grass-fed diet.
This can be proven in both qualitative and quantitative terms:
Based on the Westgold qualitative definition of ‘grass-fed’ and the results from the calculation model used, we can conclude that the majority of Westland’s total milk solids production comes from cows on a grass-fed diet.