The difference between an intensive dairy and a free-range one, is startling.
In Mexico, I happened upon a free-range dairy farm, with cows grazing on grass, living long and happy lives. At this farm, the average life span of a cow is 20 years. On intensive dairies, the type of which I came across in California, they were fortunate to make it to 5-6 years. That speaks volumes of the welfare implications.
The local farmer told me how there was no drug or hormone use – because there was no need. The cows look after their health, naturally. She stated that the cows “must be treated with respect.” This sustainable system is how it should be – beneficial for the animals and the planet. I also got the chance to try the yoghurt made from the milk produced by these cows. Delicious. And proof that happy cows actually make better tasting dairy products. Have a look at my latest video to see an example of dairy cows being treated as they should be.