Grass to glass, Alabama farm supplies nation with organic dairy products


SLOCOMB, Alabama (WDHN) – Do you know how many bites a cow should take per day? 6,000. The approximately 300 cows at the Working Cows Dairy in Slocomb have over 400 acres of land to roam and graze, making it possible to produce fresh organic produce for not only the Wiregrass, but the entire nation as well. .

In 1985, Rinske De Jong and her husband immigrated from the Netherlands for new farming opportunities. She said that over the past 30 years they have mastered their craft, eventually becoming a family business.

“My husband was a dairy farmer and I wasn’t, I grew up in a city but we got together here to start a dairy farm,” De Jung said.

According to De Jong, their family farm produces 100% organic milk, cheese and eggs which are sold in places like Birmingham, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia and other places in the United States.

She said 99.9% of their working cows are A2 / A2 cows, which means they are not genetically improved, making the milk quality fresh and easy to digest.

“If you drink A2 / A2 milk and you might have lactose issues,” De Jung said. “You can digest it, we don’t pasteurize our milk. Which already helps you when you are lactose intolerant, but also our mile is A2 / A2 which makes it much easier to digest.

Johnny De Jung is one of three sons who work on the farm and he said it shouldn’t cost a fortune to get good produce which is why they are working on an honor system. He said people can drive 24/7, buy their dairy products, and just pay with cash, check, EBT or Venmo.

“That is to say, grass-fed, 365 days a year, the cows graze outside, we are certified organic, we do not use any type of synthetic commercial fertilizer or pesticides. The cows are treated with herbal remedies if they get sick and are also approved for animal welfare by us, ”said Jonny De Jong.

Jonny said they accept the theory, if you treat the ladies well they will treat you well and he said their “ladies” make a lot of products, that’s why they invite everyone in Wiregrass to visit and check out. support their farm.

“You can watch the cows being milked, you can see the calves eventually being born, you can see the calves raised in the fields here and in all the surrounding areas and really understand what it takes to make a gallon of milk,” Jonny De Jong said.

The De Jongs are asking locals to support their farm, especially at this time. They said you can get fresh dairy 24/7 for a fairly reasonable price. They said if you can’t make it to the farm they also sell their products in stores around Wiregrass on their website.

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