Grass/pasture is classified as grass, grass silage, hay and forage crops, and the above figures are calculated on a ‘wet’ (or ‘as-fed’) basis.
The Fonterra Grass and Pasture Fed Standard also has a minimum requirement that cows supplying the Fonterra milk pool spend at least 90% of their non-milking time outside on pasture. Our Fonterra New Zealand cows spend on average 97% of their non-milking time outside on pasture.
The Fonterra Grass and Pasture Fed Standard assesses and verifies the farming practises across all Fonterra New Zealand farms, focussing on use of supplementary feed and cows’ ability to have access to pasture.
Products carrying the Certified Grass Fed claim signal to consumers that they have been made with milk from New Zealand Grass-fed cows.
Certification of the milk is provided by AsureQuality, an independent Conformity Assessment Body accredited by JAS-ANZ, against the Fonterra Grass and Pasture Fed Standard.