Healthy grass means healthy cows. At Fonterra we’re passionate about grass and we employ experts to help advise us on how to grow the healthiest grass for our cows. Aotearoa New Zealand is one of the few places in the world where cows can graze on grass almost all year round, thanks to ideal climate conditions for growing lush, green pastures with plenty of rainfall and lots of sunshine.
This means we can make use of natural resources to support farming systems, and minimise the use of fertiliser and feed. With 96% of our cows’ diet being grass, eating around 50kg of nutrient rich pasture a day, these systems lead to well cared for, healthier cattle which live longer, as well as use less vital resources like water and energy, compared to other methods.
Watch to find out what makes our milk special.
Great milk comes from lush grass, naturally. This land is blessed with an abundance of sunshine and rainfall. Lush grass for our cows to graze on grows year-round.
A profitable dairy farm doesn't have to come at the cost of the environment, say South Taranaki dairy farmers Jane and Damian Roper.
May 03, 2021
Trish Rankin, the 2019 Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year, attended last month’s Harvard Business School’s Agribusiness Seminar in Boston.
February 10, 2020
Because what gets measured, gets managed
July 31, 2019
Volunteers from Fonterra and other environmental initiatives descended on the Ashburton Hakatere River Trail to help plant around 500 trees along the riverbank.
November 22, 2017
Over the past few years Fonterra dairy farmer Stu Muir has been restoring the once stagnant stream on the boundary of his Waikato farm to create 20 whitebait spawning ponds with grasses, flaxes, kahikatia, kowhai, mahoe and other wetland trees.
October 25, 2017
Finding the balance between making a profit and farming sustainably has always been at the forefront of Fonterra farmer Paul Warneford’s mind.
October 20, 2017
Lisa and Paul Charmley won the LIC Dairy Farm Award and the Massey University Award for Innovation in 2017. Paul is a fourth generation farmer, and the couple has transitioned from more traditional methods to a high-tech business. Learn about how they maintain an efficient, tech-savvy farm on our website.
March 28, 2017