At Horizon, we really love our cows. But we all know that cows produce methane, a greenhouse gas. In fact, farming and livestock contribute close to 10% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions*, which contribute to climate change. So, as part of our carbon positive commitment, we’re exploring ways to reduce the amount of methane our cows put out, as well as enhancing our manure management practices.
Raise ‘em up right
Organic cows are raised according to organic regulations and we give them the best care from day one. We rely on TLC, fresh air and holistic care to keep our cows healthy. They are not treated with growth hormones or antibiotics. If a calf or a cow should happen to become ill, we may treat them with antibiotics if needed to help them, but the cow’s milk will no longer be used in our products.
Respect the herd
Cows are social animals. So, we make sure our cows are free to graze, exercise and lie in the sun. When they’re indoors, we make sure they are comfortable so they can just chew the cud with friends.
OUT ON PASTURE
You are what you eat—it’s true for cows too. So it’s only non-GMO, organic pasture, grass, grains and feed for our cows. They get outside to graze on organic pasture for at least 120 days a year—and if the weather cooperates, they’re out on pasture more than that. (The cows that make our grassfed milk graze on organic pasture at least 150 days a year, more if weather allows.)