SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas-Texas Pastures, the first organic milk to be produced and bottled in the state of Texas, is being introduced this month by Organic Valley Family of Farms, the nation's leading cooperative of organic farmers. Texas Pastures is produced by a dedicated pool of organic dairy farmers in the Sulphur Springs area of Texas. It is bottled locally as well, at SouthWest Dairies in Tyler, Texas.

"Organic Valley is proud to bring our Texas neighbors delicious organic milk made right here in our own home state," said Harry Lewis, one of the Organic Valley farmers who is pioneering organic dairy in Texas. He and his son Wynton farm his family's 278-acre dairy farm in Sulphur Springs.

Texas Pastures organic milk is traditionally pasteurized, where most organic milk is Ultra High Temperature (UHT) processed for longer shelflife. As with all organic milk, herds are not treated with antibiotics, or synthetic hormones, and the feed they are given is grown without the use of pesticides.

The Texas Pastures line joins other regional milks that Organic Valley has introduced including Rocky Mountain Pastures which rolled out in January.