Michigan Dairy Herd Share – Wholesome and Farm Fresh
Farmers are prevented from marketing and selling their raw milk from their farm. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get real, raw, from the cow, farm fresh milk. The simple solution is to own a share of the cow, thus the milk belongs to you!
Real, raw milk is unprocessed, just as it comes from the cow. It is not pasturized, which kills the good bacteria which help you digest it along with any bad bacteria. It also is not homogenized, which profoundly changes the structure of the milk molecules so the cream won’t separate from the milk. Both processes render the milk more difficult for your body to process. Many people find they can enjoy raw milk, while their “lactose intolerance” proves to be a homogenization and pasteurization intolerance. In the processing process, the fat soluble vitamins the cows glean from the grass and sunshine are destroyed, requiring bottlers to add them back in (“vitamin A and D fortified”). Whole raw milk contains all the vitamins and minerals the cows stashed in there in perfect balance and perfectly bio available to your body, without irritating your immune system with the structural changes homogenization (in particular) imposes on this fabulous food.
We work with a certified organic dairy farmer to bring you a steady, consistent supply of milk. The milk share herd is grazed on grasses for as long as the Michigan seasons permit, and enjoy the hay harvested from the farm in the cold months. They have been selectively bred for the A2 protein, which is said to be easier to digest. This protein is common in more heritage dairy cow breeds as opposed to the A1 protein that is common in the huge Holsteins that populate the conventional farms.
What are the benefits of owning a cow share? You have access to the farm fresh, real, raw milk that will nourish you and your family. Each share of the herd entitles you to a gallon a week, with half and multiple shares available.
Take a minute and read over the BJ’s Cowboarding herd share summary.
Herd Share FAQ:
1) Is the cream skimmed off the top?
No, the milk you get is exactly as the cow made it with the cream still in the milk.
2) If there’s a vet bill, or if a cow dies, will I be billed or have to buy a share in the new one?
No. That clause is in the contract because you are a shareholder in the herd, and the owner should care for the needs of the animals. However, you are only getting a part of a herd. The dairy farmer we work with has an 80 cow dairy and he brings in new dairy cows in and retires older cows out all the time. Part of the reason we work with him as opposed to buying more cows for our personal herd is so that in events like that he has enough buffer that you are protected and it isn’t a calamity. Joe and Brenda work hard to prevent vet visits by using good practices, homeopathic remedies, and other natural remedies to keep the dairy cows in top form. In practical terms, you would not even know if a cow got sick and was pulled out of production or was struck by lightning or culled out of the herd. It’s part of what they do.
3) Should our milk be dated for freshness?
All of the milk we deliver is from Thursday morning’s milking and is delivered Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon. The cows are healthy, the milking process is super clean, and the milk is kept in clean and cool conditions until delivery. We’ve found it’s good for at least a week and a half.
If you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to contact the farm. We will be more than happy to walk you through the process.
This is a contractual agreement. Please review the BJ’s Cowboarding Agreement and the Delivery Agreement on the Herd Share product page. You can mail copies back to us or scan and e-mail signed copies.