Ronnybrook

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310 Prospect Hill Road
PO Box 267
Ancramdale, NY

Some years ago there was an article in the New York Times describing certain farming techniques as being beyond organic. Ronnybrook Farms was mentioned as an example. The article spoke about local, knowing where your food came from and purity. Those qualities are not unique to organic products and in fact there are those that argue that as more products appear carrying the “organic” label the designation has begun to lose its authenticity.

Our cows are like family to us here. They are the offspring of a long line of prizewinning Holsteins that the Osofsky family has raised for nearly 70 years. In the rare event one of them gets sick, that animal is taken out of the milking rotation and isolated from the rest of the herd. If our veterinarian tells us that she needs antibiotics to get well, that’s what we do. Same as we would do with one of our children. When that animal is completely restored to health, she’s returned to the milking lineup with her sisters.

Our milk is tested daily by our state certified and licensed staff for antibiotics and other impurities to insure that all our products are as wholesome and healthful as possible. Bottom line: Our cows’ health is more important to us than the label. Though we pride ourselves on using homeopathic techniques in the treatment of our animals whenever possible, we reserve the right to treat them as directed by our veterinarians.

Our farming methods are by all practical measures organic, if not beyond. We use no pesticides on our fields, manure is our fertilizer of choice and we use cropping techniques that promote healthy soil. Our cow’s diet is a healthy, natural one. We strive every day to make sure yours is too. So, what is the difference between dairy farming practices at Ronnybrook and practices on organic dairies? Check out the chart below and we hope it is clearer that if dairying organically is a goal to strive for than Ronnybrook has clearly reached that goal and has moved beyond it.

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