USDA Grassfed: Dairy

Generic Label

This is a single issue label that only addresses feed, not drug use, confinement, pasture management compared to other grassfed certifications. Animals could also be finished with grass pellets in a feedlot.

Requires Verification/Inspection

FoodPrint Label Criteria

Animal Feed Quality

Produced without industrial pesticides
Produced without synthetic fertilizer or sewage sludge fertilizers
All grass fed
Prohibits animal waste and byproduct
Restricts use of feed supplements
Prohibits GMOs

Drug Use

Antibiotics only for sick animals or prohibited
Prohibit hormones and other drugs to healthy animals

Environmental and Pasture Quality

Pasture management / rotational grazing plan required
Grown without synthetic or sewage sludge fertilizers
Grown without industrial pesticides
Biodiversity required in pasture
Soil health monitored/measured for improvement over time

Animal Welfare and Living Conditions

Prohibits feedlots
Prohibits long term confinement
Prohibits electric prods
Hygiene and manure management addressed
Pain relief for castration
Prohibits dehorning
Taildocking prohibited
Standards for animal wellbeing in transport including maximum duration times
Welfare standards for slaughtering addressed
Pasture required throughout grazing/growing season*

*Partial – but no particular standards required or verified

Worker Welfare

Standards and protections for workers on farm
Standards and protections for workers in processing plants
Fair/living wages ensured
Health care insurance ensured
Food Label Glossary

For explanations of some of these technical terms, like “rotational grazing” or “sewage sludge fertilizers,” please visit our glossary.

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