Herd Health Practices
All of our dairy animals were either born into a closed herd, or have tested negative for Brucellosis, a highly contagious zoonosis, and TB (tuberculosis), both of which are transferable to humans through milk from an infected animal, and our goats were either born into a closed herd, or have tested negative for CAE (Caprine arthritis encephalitis), a virus infecting goats and sheep that is not transferable to humans, but that can effect herd health.
Our animals are on a small dry-lot and are fed hay for the bulk of their nutrition. We feed our animals a small amount grain during milking as a treat and as a management tool. We also supplement their diets with minerals, and we fill their watering trough and buckets with clean water from Tri-County Water.
We rent a small property surrounded by commercial farming enterprises that utilize all of the conveniences of modern commercial agribusiness that we dislike, including pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers. We currently cannot raise and graze our animals as we hope to be able to do in the future, but we do the best that we can with what we have. While we make no claim to provide certified organic raw milk, we believe our real milk product to be a return to the humane, non-toxic, pasture-based dairying and small-scale traditional processing that has fed and nurtured families for millennia, and that many are re-discovering as the source for health and nutrition that God originally intended it to be.
Our animals are our pets, and we care for them personally and naturally. We have enjoyed raising and milking dairy goats since 2002, and, as of 2013, we have only had to use an antibiotic once on our does. We do not vaccinate, and we will use an herbal dewormer when necessary. Our animals are grass-fed, and the small amount of grain that they do eat is antibiotic, hormone, and soy free.