Organic Yeo Valley milk range with a glass of milk

The Benefits of Organic Milk

Thursday 24th May 2018

​The benefits of organic dairy products​: where the grass is always greener?

EU Organic standards and regulations​ state that to be certified organic, farms must only  use natural substances, maintain high animal welfare and have as little environmental  impact as possible. There are many other differences between non-organic and organic  dairy, including an array of ​health benefits of organic milk​ and ecological advantages.  So, are the ​advantages of organic dairy​ real or​ is organic milk just a big hullabaloo? Here at  Yeo Valley, we think the grass is always greener…

1. Is organic milk healthier?

Not only is it high in protein, calcium and iodine; research suggests that organic milk contains around 50% more omega 3 fatty acids than non-organic milk. Our bodies only produce a small amount of Omega 3 fatty acids naturally, which means we need to get as much as we can from our diets to promote a healthy heart and blood circulation.

Farmer with Happy Cow
Herdsman Steve with one of the herd


2. Always Free Range

Organic cows graze outdoors whenever conditions allow, spending on average 215 days per year at pasture: enjoying the fresh air, mingling with friends, munching on grass and sleeping under the stars – talk about being at one with nature!

The cows enjoy spending time in the fields

3. Highest Welfare Standards 

Another benefit of organic dairy is the high animal welfare standards, something we take seriously at Yeo Valley – only the best for our ladies! During chillier months, we bring our ladies indoors where they are kept in warm dry barns with plenty of space to roam around and comfy mattresses to lie on! Organic standards encourage herd health so, our girls are reared without the routine use of antibiotics.

4. Supports British Wildlife

The last 50 years have been devastating for British wildlife with now more than 10% of our species facing extinction (1). By consciously managing habitats, organic farms, like Yeo Valley, provide safe havens with research showing they are 50% more abundant in wildlife than non-organic farms. Good news for a whole host of wonderful creatures: from bees and beetles, to hedgehogs and skylarks.

5. The benefits of organic dairy are bigger than us

Organic farming has potential to help reduce climate change, by “fixing” more carbon into our soil. In fact, if all UK farmland converted to organic, it would achieve the same positive impact as taking 1 million cars off the road (2).

6. Supports British Family Farms

Organic farming creates countryside jobs, helping to keep the UK’s rural communities alive and kicking. Here at Yeo Valley, supporting British Farmers is our greatest passion, as we believe they make our landscape the beautiful and vibrant place it is today.

Cow eating grass in the morning
Grass for breakfast!

So, why choose organic milk?

Given all its wholesome benefits, we think it’s safe to say organic milk is not just your average white stuff! So, when it comes to choosing the milk your family splash on their morning cornflakes, stir into their afternoon brew or glug by the glass at tea time… always choose organic. It means you can be confident that your milk is always: full of key nutrients, comes from happy healthy cows and supports British family farms.

Why not give it a try? Check and see where it’s stocked – our delicious range of organic milk


(1) Hayhow DB, et al (2016) ‘State of Nature 2016’ The State of Nature partnership. The State of Nature Report is available to view online.
(2) Payton, L. (2016) ‘Seven Ways to Save Our Soils’, Soil Association, p 5

Comments on “The Benefits of Organic Milk”

  • better for you, better for the environment. A win win I say.
    Carry on the great work !!!!

    donna rippeth on 11th January 2021 at 11:33 am

  • ….always been a BIG believer of Yeo valley products, especially organic milk and dairy yogurts. Can not fault you !
    Thank you

    James on 12th November 2020 at 2:26 pm

  • I totally agree with Richard Gray and Yeo Valley.
    Organic milk not only tastes so much better but it really does have those extra nutrients and omega 3 fatty acids. I enjoy this milk with my family ( especially my 8 year old son, Dexter ) every day on our breakfast cereal, in our tea and coffee, AND even more so on it’s own, cold straight from the fridge!

    Troy on 3rd November 2020 at 5:22 pm

  • I just think you are fabulous keep up

    richard GRAY on 22nd September 2020 at 3:42 pm

  • I want to say a Big thank you to Yeo Valley for Real organic milk, for their care for people, for all the wonderful real products where they are produced.

    Krum on 21st June 2020 at 9:08 pm

  • We just enjoy really good food ……..yoghurt and

    So much more from you

    Maureen Yardley on 12th May 2020 at 5:46 pm

  • Thank you so much for feeding us great dairy products. I really, really do appreciate your wonderful hard work. Thank you, God bless you.

    Rehema on 10th May 2020 at 11:54 am

  • Wow who knew! Very interesting thread. Didn’t realise organic milk has 50% more omega 3 fatty acids. Love the fact that the girls are out side as much as possible, where they should be. Happy cows.
    Fantastic for our wildlife too. A real eye opener. I will look for it at my local supermarket.

    Marie Kyle on 3rd April 2019 at 6:52 am

  • Love all your products! on 2nd April 2019 at 10:18 pm

  • Hello Yeo. I have just discovered you and am really enjoying your organic bio live yogurt and will shortly be using your organic milk as well. I have recently found through Primal Cure, that organic foods are excellent for gut health and am so pleased to discover that you are totally organic. I am now looking for organic fruit and veg. Thank you so much for making my life better. Regards Dawn Westaway on 9th January 2019 at 3:08 pm

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