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Old 12.08.2013, 13:24
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Butter from grass fed cattle

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a good butter that's somehow certified to come from grass fed cattle milk, rather than corn fed or other grains.

Do you happen to know any brand I can look into?

I looked around on Internet but I couldn't find anything at all. We usually use Floralp but I've started wondering if there's a better quality butter available.
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Old 12.08.2013, 13:25
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Re: Butter from grass fed cattle

Kerrygold from Ireland is supposed to be. I just found it at Edeka
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Old 12.08.2013, 15:10
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Re: Butter from grass fed cattle

We like the Swiss mountain butter. I think most of those cows are grass-fed as opposed to corn or grains. Aren't most cows in CH grass-fed anyway?
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Re: Butter from grass fed cattle

Organic stores should have butter from the milk of grass-fed cows.
It's usually 5 - 6 CHFs for ~200gr of butter.

That butter is more "buttery" than Floralp, which in itself is more "buttery" than his next-of-kin down the price-line.
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Old 12.08.2013, 15:46
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Kerrygold from Ireland is supposed to be. I just found it at Edeka
Coals to Newcastle and all that...
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Re: Butter from grass fed cattle

Just reviving this as I would really love to be able to buy this kind of butter.

Is a health food shop the only option?

Or does anyone know of a brand available in Migros / Coop?
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Re: Butter from grass fed cattle

Any village Käserei should have a local artisan butter.
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Old 26.09.2013, 17:25
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Any village Käserei should have a local artisan butter.
I don't know if all cows that are pastured in summer and brought into sheds for winter are guaranteed to not have their feed supplemented with grains, but personally I'd much prefer butter from the cows that I see from my window than one from overseas. I don't know why the OP wants grass-fed only, but if it's a general quality/bio thing then I suspect the local stuff wins hands-down.

Course, that doesn't help much if you live in a city...
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Just reviving this as I would really love to be able to buy this kind of butter.

Is a health food shop the only option?

Or does anyone know of a brand available in Migros / Coop?
WTF do you think Swiss cows eat?

Just buy Swiss butter and you'll be getting butter made from milk from grass-fed cows.
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Re: Butter from grass fed cattle

Here in Romandie, we get ours from the Cremerie, or a specialised milk products shop. They make their own butter from the local cows.

The local cows are out eating grass from May to end October- and even in the middle of winter, are allowed out for a few hours and fed hay most days, unless weather is really bad.

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WTF do think Swiss cows eat?

Just buy Swiss butter and you'll be getting butter made from milk from grass-fed cows.
I don't know about this, as we walk by a Swiss Farmer every day, as we walk our dog. In the past 1 1/2 years, I have only seen his cows outside, eating grass, once.

Perhaps I am just a wimp, but it really makes me sad to see these creatures tied up, at the exact location, day and night.

However, I really do not know if he feeds them grass, or grain.
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Here in Romandie, we get ours from the Cremerie, or a specialised milk products shop. They make their own butter from the local cows.
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However, I really do not know if he feeds them grass, or grain.
Ever seen farmers hay making, several times a year?
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I don't know about this, as we walk by a Swiss Farmer every day, as we walk our dog. In the past 1 1/2 years, I have only seen his cows outside, eating grass, once.

Perhaps I am just a wimp, but it really makes me sad to see these creatures tied up, at the exact location, day and night.

However, I really do not know if he feeds them grass, or grain.
How many cows are you talking about and how are they tied up? Just curious.

Anecdotally, every grassy patch of ground around where I live here has cows on it eating grass.
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Re: Butter from grass fed cattle

Sorry but any farmer who would not "house" his cows in Winter in Switzerland should be subject to cruelty to animals prosecution!
Even in Ireland (much more temperate) the cows are housed in winter but more due to wet ground than cold. If they are not, they are fed outside with hay, silage, grain, etc.
Grass doesn't grow below 4 degrees celsius (as in grow longer, and replace itself) hence the growth spurt in Spring, and harvest in Summer.
So hay, silage, grain is required. What you need to check is the grain quality, i.e. antibiotic free, etc.
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Re: Butter from grass fed cattle

If someone wants milk from a year-round grass fed cow then they won't get it in Switzerland because of the climate and harsh winters (as Psari has written).

If that's not enough for those people and they decide to import butter (from an equatorial country perhaps with a grass-growing year round climate), into Switzerland where the dairy products are some of the finest in the world, then they really need their heads examining.
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Re: Butter from grass fed cattle

I can feel the different taste in milk when cows begin eating hay instead of grass because they bring them down from the pastures for the winter.

You can't have grass fed cattle butter during the winter I think.

Just buy the local thing and you're okay. Regulations in CH are enforced, so buying local food is the best thing you can do for the environment. If you get it imported (for no meaningful difference...), you waste hydrocarbures.
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In the past 1 1/2 years, I have only seen his cows outside, eating grass, once. It really makes me sad to see these creatures tied up, at the exact location, day and night..
Are these cows tied up inside a barn?

Then you should report him to your local vetinary office. All cows must have access to sunlight and fresh air at least (I believe) every 7 days. There is a law, only about 10 years old, that he must let the animals out in the yard or field, even in the winter.
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How many cows are you talking about and how are they tied up? Just curious.

Anecdotally, every grassy patch of ground around where I live here has cows on it eating grass.
Normally Swiss farm houses are tidy and clean, but this place is wreckaged ( spelling ?) . It is certainly different than cattle in the wide open spaces of Texas, but it seems excessive to keep them pinned up year round.

Mind you, he may let them out early in morning, or a time I am not there, so I would not want to falsely accuse anyone. However, I'll pay attention and report him, if necessary.
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Re: Butter from grass fed cattle

Perhaps they are being milked when you have seen them?
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I can feel the different taste in milk when cows begin eating hay instead of grass because they bring them down from the pastures for the winter.
I think you're over buttering your bread...
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