Our cows’ lifelong diet consists almost exclusively of our own products except for small quantities of bran and coarse meals not exceeding 5% of all our herd’s total food intake.
Male and female calves are fed their own mothers’ milk for the first 6-7 months of their life. Each calf is individually bottle-fed for the first 5-6 months. Then for 1-2 months bran and coarse meals are added to the milk thus creating a sort of mush, which the calves eat straight out of their trough – it’s weaning time.
Moreover, from the day they are born, our calves have access to premium first-cut hay, they slowly start to chew following their natural rhythm and instinct.
The availability of good hay is essential to the formation of the rumen. The milk given daily to all our calves represents about 40% of the total milk collected from their mothers. The remainder of the milk is conveyed to our dairy where it is transformed into cheese.
Our cows’ lifelong diet consists almost exclusively of our own products except for small quantities of bran and coarse meals* not exceeding 5% of all our herd’s total food intake.
We use vitamin-rich fresh fodder, silage (grass or maize) and preserved hay-like feed.
We make concentrated products (barley granules, peas, millet and vetch...), which in a rolled form we use in the last stage of fattening of meat cattle.
This rolled-grain-based protein-energy supplement is also given to those cows producing an above-average quantity of milk.
Bran and coarse meals mixed with highly nutritious first serum (whey protein, minerals and vitamins…) are the ingredients we use to prepare a nutritious feed for lactating cows. Hence the whey that is not used to make ricotta – consumers largely prefer ricotta made with sheep’s milk whey – does not become a cumbersome dairy waste product but it is recovered and most effectively used throughout our farm.
*Organic bran and coarse meals supplied by "MOLINO SILVESTRI VINICIO".