Five Freedoms Dairy was founded by veterinarian Kevin McSweeney with the goal of creating a small but sustainable dairy focused on providing cows with a healthier and more enriched life. The centerpiece of this enrichment is Five Freedoms’ system of leaving the cows with calves after they are born, an uncommon practice here in the US.
In fact, Five Freedoms’ mothers are allowed to care for and nurse their young for at least five months after birth. Additionally, our cows live outside with access to pasture, shade and soft bedding. Simply put, the cows are treated like the intelligent, gentle creatures they are, animals that so nobly share their milk with us.
BECAUSE OF THEIR METHODS:
- Their cows typically live twice as long as the industry average.
- Their cows have significantly less hoof and leg issue than animals confined to concrete.
- Calves stay with their mothers for months instead instead of the standard practice of separation after birth.
- They hope to create a model where the small dairy can thrive.
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