Our micro herd of mostly Jersey cows, are pastured 24/7/365 with access to the barn and a clean bed of straw, when they want it.
They are never given hormones and on the rare occasion when antibiotics are required for the health of our cattle, the milk is dumped until the required withdrawal period has past.
Our milk is tested monthly by our local DHIA, to ensure our cows are healthy and that our standard operating procedures are producing clean, wholesome milk.
We are licensed through the Food and Plant Industry of Pennsylvania, to sell our milk as pet milk.
What is PET milk?
In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to sell or distribute raw milk for human consumption in any fashion, unless the producer’s facilities pass a yearly inspection to obtain and retain the state raw milk permit to do so.
We will continue to build and improve our facilities in accordance with the law, with the future goal of obtaining our raw milk permit to sell our milk for human consumption.
In the meantime, we have obtained a Pet Food Manufacturer’s License, which allows us to legally sell our raw milk, as Pet Food.
This is NOT a reflection of the quality nor the handling of the milk.
Our milk is tested monthly to check the cleanliness of our equipment, to ensure proper milk handling and cooling, to monitor animal health and to study the milk components.
If you are interested in knowing more about our milking process, be sure to watch the videos below.
Why Our Milk?
Jersey milk is comprised of 18 percent more protein and 29 percent more milk fat when compared to an average of the other breeds. Jersey milk also contains over 20 percent more calcium over other milks, more vitamins A and B1, and a higher percentage of riboflavin. The nutrition found in a 9.64 ounce helping of Holstein milk can be obtained in an eight ounce helping of Jersey milk.
Our milk averages between 4.5% and 5% fat, giving a great cream-line on every jug and jar! As seen in this photo…
While we do sell some cream, it is never skimmed from the milk we bottle to sell. The only processing done is filtering and cooling. Nothing is added and nothing is taken away.
All raw milk purchases must be made with the understanding, that even though we test, wash carefully, handle properly and drink the milk ourselves, it IS pet food and it IS raw.
Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria. It can come from any animal. Raw milk can carry dangerous germs, such as Brucella, Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella, which can pose serious health risks to you and your family.THE CDC
There are plenty of sites to explore the pros and cons of raw milk. Expert opinions do vary widely.