Calf-with-Cow means Calves stay with Cows until they are weaned

To produce our Gold Standard milk we operate a ‘Calf-with-Cow’ policy. This means that at Mossgiel Organic Farm, our calves stay with their Mothers until they are old enough to be weaned – usually between 4 and 8 months. This is when the calves begin to socialise together in groups and not stay at the Cow’s side every second of the day.

Baby calves are born without any antibodies in their immune system, so the first milk they suckle from mum for a couple of days after birth (called colostrum) is extra important to quickly building up their immunity for a healthy life.

It has been the norm worldwide to remove calves from their Mothers after a day or two. This is due to the pressures put onto modern dairy farms to produce cheaper food driven by greedy supermarkets whilst costs of everything a farm buys, from cattle feed to tractor fuel increases – farmers simply cannot afford calves to suckle up to 70% of the milk calves drink!!

Do baby calves drink a lot of milk? Yes, yes they do!

Does this mean that we have less to bottle and sell to you? Yes, it does.

Why do we do things this way?

Farming Organically and having our calf with cow policy means that we are working more closely with nature to produce milk. A cow who keeps her calf will produce between 15 – 20 litres of milk per day LESS than cows who do not, but because of our unique relationship with our supporters we are able to ask for a few extra pennies on top of the price to allow us to farm in this way.

We Farm Organically and use our calf with cow system to ensure we have happy cows producing milk for happy calves who share with happy people.

We expect our Cows to have a long and healthy life. That’s why we feed them nature’s original super-food: Milk.

Shop Local + Supply Local = Support Local

Shop Local

Shop Local – Local is Best

The Shop Local movement has been gathering pace for a number of years now in response to what has been described as the less than ethical dealings of super-markets. If you’ve been following us for a while, you may know that a large part of the story of how Mossgiel Organic Farm started down its current path concerns the behaviour of super-markets. Super-markets exercise huge buying power. This is not a power that they always yield responsibly. It could be argued quite convincingly that given half a chance they morph in to nothing less than bullies.

Food Miles – How much Carbon is in your food?

Shops that use local suppliers reduce Carbon Emissions. There is a world of difference between the amount of diesel used to transport Scottish Lamb to your plate and New Zealand Lamb, for example. The same applies to Milk. Milk brings with it its own complications when it comes to transport, being bulky and heavy. Despite that, Milk in supermarkets can have travelled a long way to get there. Not all Milk on Scottish shelves even started out in Scotland!

Local Initiative

Back To Glass

Local stores are much more likely to be involved in a meaningful way with the communities that they serve. They are also more likely to get involved in schemes like returning to re-usable glass Milk bottles. This is good for their bottom line as it tends to result in increased footfall, prompting customers to return to the store to exchange their empty bottles. It is also good for us all in reducing the amount of waste produced and reducing the amount of energy required to manufacture it in the first place.

Every Pound Is A Vote

Do you want a strong vibrant local economy with more community engagement? Would you like to reduce carbon emmissions by lowering your food miles? Do you want to help the environment by reducing waste, lessening the amount of plastic that ends up in our landfills and our oceans?

Shop Local.