Sales of raw milk in Ohio is illegal. ORC 917.04. We do not sell raw milk under any circumstances.
Although direct-to-consumer raw milk sales are illegal in the state of Ohio, herdshare boarding agreements that comport with Ohio contract law are legally recognized. Carol Schmitmeyer vs Ohio Department of Agriculture September 2006.
Herdshare boarding contracts are private agreements between individuals who collectively own the animals in a dairy herd and the farmer hired to manage that herd. If you purchase shares in a bovine milking herd and sign a boarding contract to pay for the care and management of your portion of the herd, you may be entitled to receive a corresponding amount of the herd’s milk production. We do encourage you to do your homework and decide if ownership in a Bovine Milking Herd is for you before making a commitment. Here are a few resources to assist you.
USDA National Organic Program (NOP) Certification is separate from all other certifications. The Certified Organic Certification is managed through Third Party Management Companies. Our Third Party Certifier is:
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, OEFFA
41 Croswell Road
Columbus, OH 43214
We are producer number 1782
According to the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) Standards rules passed on October 22, 2002, certified organic livestock, including beef, must come from a fully verifiable production system that collects information on the history of every animal in the program, including its breed history, veterinary care, and feed. Further, to be certified as organic, all cattle should meet the following criteria:
This is the short definition. Behind this are hours and months of record keeping and standard fulfillment that can be inspected at anytime.
Brown Swiss are considered the oldest dairy breeds in existance as well as one of the largest. We have selected them for their strength, cold tolerance, and high protein milk.
Originally from the Channel Isle of Jersey. They are considered one of the smallest of the diary cattle. We have selected them because they produce the highest butterfat of all the dairy breeds.
Rotational Grazing improves our herd, plant, and soil health as well as sequesters carbon. So if your into the Climate Change narrative, we are way ahead of the herd and have been for a while.
We have been breeding for A2A2 genetics since 2006. We test each generation to ensure the A2A2 genetics are being expressed.
What is A2A2 genetics? A2-A2 milk carries the A2 type of β-casein. Most commercially available milk contains both the A2 and A1 protein. The A2-A2 gene is the oldest casein protein and can be found primarily in the heritage breeds, such as Jersey, Brown Swiss, and Normande.
The A1 gene was a mutation that eventually became widely spread among dairy breeds, and is predominantly found in Holsteins. But, even among cross breeds of heritage bovines, the A1 gene is still found. That is why we test each generation.