The colour of cheese has long been associated with perceptions of quality, maturity and great taste. Ask any dairy company producing grass-fed milk and they will tout the benefits that pasture raising has on the nutritional quality of milk.
In fact, we did. In December, I spoke with Fonterra NZMP marketing director Gillian Munnik about the virtues of all things ‘grass-fed’. She told me: “New Zealand cows spend 95% of their time out on pasture and so, about 85% of the time, they are eating grass. What studies have shown is that grass, as a source of nutrition for the cows, means that you have a whole lot of nutritional benefits that come through in the milk. In New Zealand, we have got moderate temperatures, a mild climate, and lots and lots of sunshine. Those cows are getting a really good dose of vitamin D, and that flows through into the milk.
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