Dairy Farm

on Family Farms

The butter in the pack you just scanned begins with farm-fresh cream from ethically raised cows. These four-legged girls are raised on family farms, many of which have been around for generations. And the folks who raise them? Well, we can’t wait for you to get to know them. We’ll be updating this page with new farmer stories and videos as we introduce you to more of our dairy farmer community. Keep scrolling to see the farms (and the girls) for yourself.

Vital Farms began with a single farm and a commitment to animal welfare. As we grew, we didn’t make that farm bigger — we found more like-minded farmers who put animals first. Today, these ethically minded family farms share our passion for animal welfare and sustainable farming practices.

The Five Freedoms

No less than the gold standard for our girls! Vital Farms butter begins with cows that are ethically raised on family farms following the Five Freedoms that support their mental and physical well-being. These Five Freedoms are recognized as the gold standard for animal welfare.

Freedom from hunger and thirst

Nutritionists help farmers give girls a delicious, balanced diet, and clean, fresh water is abundant.

Freedom from discomfort

Farmers provide plenty of clean, dry, comfortable space for lying down quietly or socializing – our girls do what they please!

Freedom from pain, injury, or disease

Cows are milked twice a day (they can get uncomfortable otherwise), and farmers offer both holistic and veterinarian care when needed to keep the girls healthy and happy.

Freedom from fear and distress

Farmers form essential bonds with calves at an early age, minimizing their stress. Regular routines and inviting barns help cows feel safe and secure.

Freedom to express normal behaviors

Our cows live in herds with the freedom and space to socialize, rest, eat and drink as they like.

Want to Learn More?

Read about our FARM 4.0 certification here.

Our Farmers

Family farms are an essential part of our mission to bring ethically produced food to the table. We’re proud to work with multi-generational farmers like Ryan (pictured here) who share our passion for animal welfare and sustainable farming practices.

Anytime Egg Butter

Your egg salad deserves an upgrade! Take a tip from our Finnish friends and replace the mayonnaise with butter. From canapés to quick breakfast to comforting weeknight supper, this simple and satisfying spread is delicious on rye bread or wheat toast, celery or crackers.


  • 4 Vital Farms eggs, hard-boiled and peeled
  • 3 Tbsp. Vital Farms butter, softened
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (optional)


Mash hard-boiled eggs and butter with a fork until eggs are broken up and the mixture is spreadable. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spread on dense bread, toast, celery or crackers.