Our goal is to create an environment for our goats where they can produce the healthiest milk.
Our milk is 100% grass and forage fed, certified by AGW. The soil, pastures, and quality hay are our best tools for creating healthy delicious milk. Our goats have outdoors access 24/7 365 days a year. We rotationally graze the goats during the growing season, where they have access to new forage and browse. The herd is moved to new grazing areas once or twice a day depending on the size and quality of the pasture.
Grassfed products are higher in healthy antioxidants, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid CLA, carotenoids such as lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, and other nutrients. (Reference: The Art and Science of Grazing)
Our goats diet consists of their browse and forage, we supplement with first and second hay depending on their nutritional needs throughout the year. New milkers are trained with organic alfalfa pellets to our milking stands, we promote the consumption of top notch second cut hay during milking. Other dietary supplements include mineral mixes, kelp meal, and redmond salt which are offered free choice and are listed by OMRI for use in organic production.
Organic Certification - We are currently in the process of becoming certified organic with NOFA VT. On average it takes approximately 12 months to certify the herd and property, our practices have always been organic since we've started keeping goats.
Milk Testing. Our milk is tested twice each month by an FDA accredited lab for Total Bacteria Count, Total Coliform Count, and Somatic Cell Count. Our herd is tested for TB, Brucellosis, & Johne's.
You can view all of the rules and regulations of raw milk within the state of Vermont at the Agency of Agriculture's website. Raw Milk.