GOOD ANIMAL WELFARE IS PART OF OUR PROMISE
For Arla’s dairy farmers, animal welfare and sustainable farming go hand in hand. We have a quality control programme, Arlagården®, that makes sure that we keep our dairy cows healthy, comfortable and well-fed at all times. It’s good for the cows, and good for our farmers - healthy cows are happy cows, and happy cows produce both more milk, and milk of a higher quality.
CARING FOR OUR COWS
Every one of our cows is treated as an individual, and each has a unique ear tag. This means a cow’s feed can be adjusted to fulfil its own needs, and that each cow has its own record of personal information. By keeping our cows clean, dry and well-groomed, we’re doing our best to give them a good life on the farm.
Our cows are IN GOOD CONDITION
By keeping our cows clean, dry and well groomed, we’re doing our best to give them a good life on the farm.
GOOD DAIRY MILK REQUIRES GOOD FEED
Because we want to deliver the tastiest, healthiest milk possible, our farmers give their cows the highest quality food and water – fresh, pure, and tailored to optimise their nutrition every day.
Milk cows ON GRASS
Some of our cows are kept in barns and some graze on grass during the summer. The grazing season is usually between April and November. There are lots of factors which affect whether cows graze outside, including the location of the pasturegrazing fields and the type of soil around the farm. Fields also need to be close to the milking parlour and the soil should be firm enough for the cows to walk on.
HOUSED DAIRY COWS
Many of Arla’s dairy cows live in free-stall barns. They are free to walk around between the feeding station, the water trough, the milking parlour and their beds. Just like grazing cows, housed cows lie down for between 10-14 hours day chewing the cud. Arla’s farm quality programme, Arlagården® has detailed requirements that farmers must fulfil to ensure their animals’ welfare.