RAW MILK SHARES

What is herd sharing or raw milk sharing?
When you participate in our herd sharing program, you are purchasing a share of a cow.  We, as the farmers, will care for your cow for you by feeding her, maintaining her pasture, milking her everyday, and making sure she is well cared for.  You then get a share of the milk from your cow.

What does my share represent?
For every share you purchase of a cow, you get one gallon of your cow’s milk.  

What kind of cow will I be owning?
We raise purebred A2A2 Jersey cows.  Jersey cows have the creamiest milk because their milk contains the highest butterfat content of any breed.  

A2A2 milk versus regular milk:
Cows genetically carry either the A1 or A2 beta-casein protein, with A2 being the “natural or original” design of cows.  A2A2 means that both the male and female that produced the cow are genetically A2, producing the A2 protein in the milk.  The A2 protein is much more easily and naturally digested by the human body according to God’s design, whereas much of the human population has trouble digesting the A1 protein.  The A2 protein is very similar in design and digestibility to goats milk.  All of our cows are A2A2, producing a more natural, healthy, and easily digestible milk.  Many people who aren’t able to drink regular milk are able to drink A2 milk.  Check out these articles regarding A2 milk:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/a1-vs-a2-milk
https://www.bestfoodfacts.org/a1-versus-a2-milk-whats-the-difference/

Are the cows given hormones, steroids, or antibiotics?
No!  We seek to keep our cows and their milk as pure and healthy as possible without any hormones or steroids.  Antibiotics would be used only in life-threatening emergencies, and natural antibiotics that utilize herbs or essential oils would be prioritized.

What is my cow fed?
Your cow will have the freedom to graze and roam on pesticide-free, herbicide-free fresh grass out in our pastures with all the sunshine God provides, as well as their choice of shade.  During the winter, they are fed hay that comes directly from the same fields they have been grazing on during the rest of the year, while still maintaining access to the pastures for grazing.  While standing still during the milking process, they are given alfalfa, kelp, molasses, oats, barley, and corn.  This entices them to stand still while being milked, as well as helps keep their milk production up with the richer protein not always found in the field.  We also provide them with free choice trace minerals to make sure they have the necessary nutrition in their diet.    

What are the living conditions like for my cow?
Your cow will be able to freely roam throughout our pastures, and will be rotated to different pastures for their health and diet, and to maintain the quality of the soil and forage.  They will be provided with clean water, and have the opportunity to seek shelter under the trees or under our barn roof.  The cows will have access to the pastures year-round without being cooped up in enclosures.  Their calves will get to stay with them, and will also be able to consume their own mother’s milk directly from the cow.  Your cow will receive good care and attention from our family.

How will the milk be collected and stored?
We will milk the cows once a day using a machine, and the milk will be transferred to glass, gallon jars and stored in a refrigerator at a temperature range of 35-38 degrees F.  Because raw milk is live milk, not dead milk that has been pasteurized, it does have a shelf life of about 10 days.  

What are the benefits of raw milk?
There are many articles and resources you can find related to the many health benefits of raw milk.  Raw milk is God’s design.  Milk that has been unadulterated and that does not contain trace growth hormones or other harmful substances is important and valuable to human health.  You can feel good drinking raw milk or making your own dairy products with the rich cream.  The natural, helpful bacteria in the raw milk that has not been pasteurized is actually very beneficial to our health.  Check out these articles regarding raw milk:

https://www.realmilk.com/many-benefits-raw-milk/
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/10-things-you-should-know_n_211715

How do I get my milk from my cow?
Once you have signed a herd share agreement with our farm, you will be able to pick up your milk.  We will coordinate with you a pick-up day and location either at our farm or another agreed upon location that we can discuss with you.  Each week, you will return your empty jars and pick up new ones full of milk.

What are the costs?
There is a monthly boarding fee of $2/share/month.  Each share (equals one gallon) is $7.  This price is inexpensive compared to many other farms, and is equal in price to what you would pay for organic milk at a grocery store, though our milk is a MUCH higher quality because it is A2A2, hormone-free, steroid-free, non-homogenized, and unpasteurized.  You would pay for your shares on a quarterly basis.  For example:
    If you wanted 2 shares (2 gallons) per week, you would pay:
         boarding fee = $2/share/month x 3 months (1 quarter) = $12
         share cost = 2 shares x 13 weeks (1 quarter) x $7 per share = $182
You may always increase or decrease the number of shares you would like to own.
If you break a jar, which we understand happens, we ask that you pay $7 to replace the jar.

How do I pay?
You may pay quarterly or annually by check or cash.  Quarters are Jan. 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and Oct. 1st.  Your share costs will be prorated based on when you begin your herd share.  The number of shares available per quarter may vary based on milk production, and you may not get as many gallons per quarter as you’d like.  However, you only pay for the shares you receive.

Important to know:
You may not buy or sell raw milk.  You may only purchase a share of a cow for your own consumption, not for resale.  

How do I get started with a herd share?
You may contact Eagle Crest Farm at eaglecrestfarm724@gmail.com, or by calling 540-465-2272.  We will send you a herd share agreement for you to sign.  You can then pay for your first quarter of shares and begin collecting your delicious, healthy milk.

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