From the moment cows arrive at Cold Springs Dairy outside Hermiston, they are given the organic treatment.
That means they eat nothing but organic feed, receive no additional growth hormones or antibiotics and get at least 120 days out of the year to graze on open pasture. Only organically raised animals provide certified organic milk, which racked up more than $1 billion in sales across the U.S. in 2014.
Driven by rising consumer demand, Threemile Canyon Farms launched its first all-organic dairy at Cold Springs in August. The operation now includes 2,000 cows which produce 120,000 pounds of milk every day, or just shy of 14,000 gallons. The milk is mostly sold to Kroger, which runs Fred Meyer stores in Oregon.
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