Healthy cows help us make nutritious milk.


Our cows are part of the family, treated with care and kindness. Our cows live long healthy lives and are free to roam and graze on nutrient rich pasture . And it means they produce better milk too.

In New Zealand, we have low use of antibiotics in our dairy cows, and we have some of the lowest somatic cell counts in the world, giving us high quality milk. None of our cows are given hormones to produce extra milk - in fact, this practice is banned in New Zealand dairy farming.

New Zealand is internationally recognised for its high standards of animal welfare. The global Animal Protection Index, gives New Zealand an ‘A’ rating for animal protection (November 2014). We’re ranked in first place, along with the United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland.

Cows are the heart of every dairy farm, and their health and welfare are of paramount importance to us. Outstanding animal husbandry is a source of pride for every farmer. 

We do not tolerate animal abuse. All animals must be treated with care and respect – its non-negotiable. 

We have strict guidelines around the treatment of animals. Farmers supplying us with milk must provide us with records of their animal treatments, antibiotics use, and other animal welfare information. All farms are visited by a vet every year and we do annual Farm Dairy Assessments, where we ask questions about animal health and welfare.  Learn more about our stance on animal welfare below.

Trusted Goodness™

From the natural way we farm, to nourishing our milk with world-class thinking and innovation in nutrition, we treasure every drop of milk. Trusted Goodness™ is our promise to deliver quality milk using our distinctive pastural-based approach to sustainable farming, which is independently certified.

What makes our milk so good...


Fonterra’s farmers are committed to healthy environments and farming naturally. Grass fed dairy naturally has a low footprint, harvesting rain and sunlight. Nothing we grow contains genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), it’s not in our nature. 

We currently have 42 products verified for the Non-GMO Project manufacture for sale into the North American market. We also have Non-GMO Project verification of our organic milk supply and associated manufacturing sites.


Low carbon

Each of our Fonterra farms is developing a plan to reduce emissions, and improve water quality and biodiversity. Today, our on-farm carbon footprint is among the lowest in the world.

At Fonterra, we’re proud of that, and will continue using science and best farming practices to reduce emissions for a low carbon future.

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Being a Co-op

Fonterra is a co-operative, owned by farmer families who have shared their dairy know-how for generations. Today, our co-op partners with scientists, iwi, community groups and the New Zealand Department of Conservation to help bring real benefits to the environment. It’s this unique collective spirit that helps us make a difference.

Back in 2013, we started our 10-year Living Water partnership with the Department of Conservation to work with iwi, councils and other experts in five catchments throughout New Zealand to find game-changing and scalable solutions that will help farming and freshwater ecosystems to thrive side by side.