What Does ‘Pasture-Based’ Dairy Mean?

Natural foods consumers have become increasingly sensitive to how farm animals are treated. In response, more dairy companies are offering milk from grass-fed cows. This has led to the use of various “grass-fed” terms that can be confusing because these terms are not regulated. What does ‘pasture-based’ dairy mean? Let’s take a look!

Cows on field- what does pasture-based dairy mean? pasture-grazed

What does pasture-based dairy mean?

Grass-Fed, Pasture-Based, Pasture-Grazed…What’s the difference?

Grass-fed is the most commonly used term, but other phrases such as pasture-raised and pasture-grazed carry the same meaning. They all let the consumer know that the cows have lived some portion of their lives outside. Therefore, their diet–rather than being exclusively made up or grains as is the case on confinement lots– includes grass. There is no technical difference between these 3 terms. The choice of which one to use is a marketing preference.

Label Claims- What is pasture-based milk

If the dairy product is also certified organic, the consumer can be sure that the cows were outside a minimum of 120 days. It’s important to remember that grass-fed products are not necessarily organic.

100% Grass-fed

The term 100% grass-fed indicates the cows have been fed grass exclusively. If the cows live in temperate zones with harsh winters, farmers harvest and store hay to feed over the winter.

100% grass-fed labels

The term ‘100% grass-fed’ is not regulated, just like the terms grass-fed, pasture-raised, and pasture-grazed. Therefore, the standards and practices may vary greatly.


Certified 100% Grass-fed

For consumers who want to know exactly what practices were used for 100% grass-fed products, we recommend that you look for a third-party certification on the label. Several organizations monitor farms and require them to meet their standards. This provides the consumer with the best information as to exactly how the cows were raised.

Grass-fed Claims on Kalona SuperNatural Products

Our products fall into two categories: most we label “pasture-grazed,” while our kefir is 100% grass-fed.

Kalona SuperNatural pasture-grazed dairy products

All Kalona SuperNatural products are certified organic. This means that our pasture-grazed products meet or exceed organic standards for access to outdoors and grass feeding. In addition, Kalona SuperNatural 100% Grass-Fed Kefir is third-party certified by the American Grassfed Association.

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  1. Yes I sent message in 2019 about zero fat milk. I like your products soo much but I am concerned about too much fat intake. I understand that if there is not a demand for the product you cannot produce in supermarkets. Keep up the good work. You are most appreciated for what you do. You all stay safe. Thank you.

  2. Hello Patricia!
    We did have fat free milk prior to 2019. However, due to lower sales, we discontinued it on 1/1/2019. We will send your feedback with our quality team, though!

  3. You’re very welcome!

  4. I love your products. Do you have a zero fat milk. I need to reduce fat intake. If you do not, would you consider having the product for us. Thank you.

  5. Thanks for your tie and effort with the periodic newsletters, and the opportunity to call or write.

  6. Thank you John! We don’t currently have any ice cream in the plan, but we do have a shop, Kalona Creamery, that make housemade ice cream with our milk and cream! 🙂 If you’re ever in Kalona, be sure to check that out! 🙂

    Also, try looking at our store locator. There might be more options in your area! 🙂

  7. Thank you for the kind words, Valerie! 🙂

  8. Thank you for this information. I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t buy your products anymore.❤❤

  9. I love all your products but limited on choices at my co-op in Madison WI. Would like to see your products at Woodman’s in Sun Prairie WI. Is there a grass fed Ice Cream in the works! Thanks!

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