The current milking herd is just under 40, with new heifers coming up each year.
The herd is relatively diverse. It consists of Jerseys, Milking Shorthorns, and a few Dutch Belted with Milking Shorthorn/Jersey and Jersey/Dutch Belted crosses among them. A Guernsey bull has been recently added, so new crosses are coming.
Our current breeding plan for our herd share members includes breeding for A2 beta-casein protein in milk. There is some evidence that A1 beta-casein protein may contribute to health and digestive problems. While the jury is still out on the scientific research front regarding the problem with A1, we have made the decision to breed our herd into A2A2 genetics. Our resident Guernsey bull is A2A2.
The herd ranges year round on our rotating pastures. Dried molasses is used during the grazing season in the barn during milking. We only use organic corn and organic oats in the winter to supplement the dry hay (organically grown on site, but not certified). Soy is never fed to the cows, ever.
When you visit the farm you will see first hand that there is no pesticide or chemical herbicides used on the farm – anywhere. When it comes to a life threatening health crisis, antibiotics are used on the cows. However, we employ a host of more traditional herbal remedies first. The herd never receives any hormones or GMO crops of any nature.