Our dairy products include milk, butter, cream, and eggs. Our milk is raw, unpasteurized whole milk from cows that are never treated with rBST. (rBST is a product primarily given to dairy cattle by injection to increase milk production. Bovine somatotropin or bovine somatotrophin (abbreviated bST and BST), or bovine growth hormone (BGH), is a peptide hormone produced by cows' pituitary glands.)
We provide our customers with herd shares where they can pick up their weekly milk directly from our storage facility. Our facility is clean and abides by all local regulations regarding health and sanitation. We work directly with our county to ensure that our facilities are to stringent standards.
Our cows are tested monthly during their lactation for milk quality and health. Two things are tested for regularly: Somatic cell count and coliform. The desired range for a coliform count is about 25 or fewer, and desired range for standard plate count is fewer then 15,000. We keep records for all of our dairy cows and their test scores which are available upon request.
Our herdshares work like this:
In herdshares, also known as farmshares, cowshares, etc., people buy shares of a milking animal or herd, and pay the farmer to care for the animals and milk them. As owners, the shareholders are entitled to the milk from their own animals. The farmer may deliver the milk directly to shareholders or a central drop point, or shareholders may pick it up at the farm Shares are typically sold based on an expected milk volume. For example, “one share” may entitle the holder to one gallon of milk per week. Owners can buy the number of shares they need to ensure the milk supply they want.
Our chickens are free-ranged and cared for. No antibiotics are used in our chicken's feed or water sources. Eggs are only available as first-come-first-served due to limited quantities. Stop on by and check availability!
Sunday.................. 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday.................. 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday................. 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday.......... 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday............... Garden Valley People's Mountain Market
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
We provide a variety of live cattle for sale each year; along with beef products and dairy products directly from cows we raise.
Our cattle are raised here on the ranch, and rental pastures supporting other local landowners using the most humane and healthy practices we can. Our cattle are raised in a reduced-stress environment (i.e. never chased by dogs or horses, never roped or thrown to the ground, and never hauled for more than 60 minutes in a trailer.)
Our cattle are handled, loved on, and inspected daily to avoid injury or health issues. Some ranchers only see their cattle once a week, a month, and sometimes only a few times per year! Not us… We love our cattle and spend the majority of our day around them. All of our cattle have individual names; yes even the steers. Allowing our cattle to live in a reduced-stress environment allows them to grow at their maximum rate and optimum beef production. Stressed animals will not grow as efficiently (where we then lose money) nor as healthy (where our customers lose quality). No one wants to lose money or quality.
What are the top ten health benefits of grass-fed beef?
1. Lower in total fat
2. Higher in beta carotene
3. Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
4. Higher in B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
5. Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
6. Higher in total omega-3s
7. A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84)
8. Higher CLA a potential cancer fighter
9. Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)
10. Lower in saturated fats linked with heart disease
How is our beef different from meat in most local supermarkets?
Most meat in your local supermarket comes from facilities called “Confined/Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations” or CAFOs. The purpose of a CAFO is to produce large quantities of inexpensive meat. While the meat is available year-around at a low price, society is starting to recognize many of the consequences directly linked to factory farming, such as:
- Stressful and sometimes abusive environments for animals
- Detrimental environmental effects and concentrated pollution
- Decreased nutritional value in the beef due to stress and gain hindrance
- Local family farm decline as they can’t compete with lower bulk beef prices
- Unethical farm labor and work conditions for both employees and animals
- Hormone, antibiotic, and other unnecessary drug use on livestock (to “prevent” disease)
While in the CAFOs, cows are typically fed a diet of grain, soy, and corn. Switching to high starch, low-fiber diets commonly causes disorders, including a condition called “subacute acidosis” where cows develop diarrhea, stop eating their feed, kick at their bellies, etc.
As with everything, there are some upstanding and honest feedlots and there are others that abuse and mistreat their cattle.
In contrast, our cows spend their entire lives on pastures. They eat organic grass in the environment where they are naturally found. Because of their low-stress lifestyle, our cows are rarely sick, and grow at a natural rate based on their genetics and hand-picked breeding qualities. The result is the most nutritious, best tasting beef for you and your family, and not at the cost of the animal’s well-being and welfare.
How are pasture living conditions different from feedlot living conditions?
When cows are at home on the range, they live in their natural environment—wide open green pastures, plenty of room to enjoy, and fresh grass to eat all day long. They naturally spread their manure across the pasture as they walk and nature keeps everything in balance by using the nutrients to grow more grass.
At the feedlot, cows live on cement lots (easier to keep clean) and are placed on an overloaded nutritional diet of corn, soy, and grain. Here are some of the detriments to the cow’s health that often result.
- Dust Pneumonia: the deadly condition developed when cows are confined in dirt/cement feedlots.
- Shipping Fever: The most common cattle killer in the industry. The onset of this disease is about one week after their arrival on the feedlot. The shipping process causes so much stress that the cow’s immune system is severely weakened upon arrival. Being thrown in with other cows exposes her to a multitude of foreign viruses that attack the weak immune system and kill the cow. This disease costs the US and Canada an estimated $1,000,000,000 annually according to BEEF magazine.
- Subacute Acidosis: the painful condition that results after cows shift from a grass to a grain diet where cows develop diarrhea, stop eating their feed, kick at their bellies, etc.
- Rumenitis: the inflammation of the rumen wall which is caused by a lack of roughage in the feedlot diet. Ulcers follow and the rumen fails to absorb nutrients as it should.
- Feedlot Polio: a direct consequence of the foreign diet of grain. The imbalance of acid in the rumen causes the release of “thiaminase” which causes paralysis in the cow.
All of these conditions and diseases are virtually absent in pasture cows. While feedlot managers treat these conditions with many different drugs and antibiotics, we choose instead to keep our cattle on the range, in their natural environment and allow our cows to live healthy lives.