Milk in glass bottles

I’m proud to say we use glass bottles. Here’s our pros and cons to why we made the decision to go glass and not plastic.

 Milk is always better in glass!  

Milk is always better in glass!  

Pros  (of glass bottles)

•glass keeps the milk cold longer

•glass doesn’t leave a weird taste in the milk like plastic *chemicals anyone*

•glass is 100% reusable, rinse, wash, refill, repeat 

•saves money in the long run because we reuse

•glass is 100% recyclable, melt, reshape, reuse

•less plastic for our earth, we only get one of those so let’s take care of it. 

•we like how they look, old school, milk delivery

Cons  

•pain in the hinder to wash all those bottles 

•glass breaks, I dropped a whole crate of full glass milk bottles once *crying over spilled milk*

•the sound they make together, tink, tink, tink

•returning the bottles, or on my end, not enough bottles being returned

•large upfront cost to purchase glass bottles

Our pros out weighted our cons. We farm with the earth, the animals and you in mind...why would we work so hard to raise healthy animals that produce  nutritious delicious milk and serve it to you in anything but the best, drink milk from glass. 

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P.S. It’s 2018...let delivery begin!  

Insurance Quest 2

I have now sat down with two insurance agents. The first one was a local guy, and I liked him. He visited with us and we explained what we are doing and what we needed from him. I try to make it as simple as possible. I have done a lot of the leg work. He told us we would have to look into it and that was around two weeks ago. No call or contact yet! The next guy that sat down with us yesterday, I was impressed with. First, I received a postcard in the mail and thought can't hurt to call. They at least understand we are a farm. I called and left a message he wasn't available at the time. The same day he called back. The conversation went something like this; Me: Woodbridge Dairy Farm, how may I help you? Him: Who? Me: Woodbridge Dairy Farm (slowly) Him: Oh is Karin there! Me: This is. (irritated, thinking another salesman) Him: This is (name and company) you called. Me: I'm looking for insurance for raw milk and our farm. (long pause) Him: I will have to check on that. There was more to this conversation and I was brutally honest to the point of not being nice, but you get the idea. He did call back again the next day with answers and he found an underwriter that was willing to do exactly what we needed? Oh and he came out the same day to fill out paper work and introduce himself. He is what I call a go getter. It was nice to see that drive in someone. I think he actually was okay with my honesty at least he knows where he stands. My thought is that I will have an insurance quote in a few days.

Our cows eat other plants besides grass for a reason.

I have been getting a lot of questions on what and how we feed our cows. Are they 100% grass-fed? Yes, they are on grass, when the grass is available. No, they are not 100% grass-fed.Let me start with this, there is no place on earth that grass is 100% nutritionally available all the time, even in warmer climates. That is why the camel and the wildebeest have humps. They eat all the best green nutritional grass they can during the wet season to store the nutrients in their humps for the dry season. The dry season has grass too but not the same nutrition in the grass as before. The buffalo that once roamed the big grass plains, didn't just eat grass. They roamed for a reason. They would roam to different areas for different nutritional reasons. Some fields would have plants that were fully headed out with seeds. Yes, they ate the grain of those plants. So even those animals weren't 100% grass-fed. This leads me back to the cow.

Dairy cows have come a long way for their ancestors. They have been bred to produce milk, a lot of milk. A cow that once grazed and was just for one family produced only one maybe two gallons of milk a day. Today's cows produce five to eight gallons of milk a day. That's a lot of nutrients leaving a cow's body in just one day. They have to eat enough nutrients to make milk and keep their body healthy. Now we throw another factor into this, that cow will be bred to get pregnant. She now has a fetus growing inside her, giving five to eight gallons of milk a day and keeping her body healthy. She is suppose to do this all on just grass! The buffalo didn't even do this on just grass.

Our cows can do this if it was spring here all year round. The grass is young and fresh and in the early stages of its life cycle, full of protein and energy. However, there are three other seasons that get their turn. The grass is still good in the summer but not as good, because it too is getting ready for seeding in the fall, then lays under the snow in winter. If you followed a cow around in a field she doesn't just eat one type of plant. She eats many types of plants. She knows what her body needs. That includes grains. Farmers don't have the roaming spaces that the buffalo once did. So farmers produce forage that will feed the cow to help maintain her health. But even the best hay forage can't compete nutritional with fresh grass.

Our cows get grass from the pastures, spring, summer, fall. We make hay and grow corn, for them so they can eat during the winter months, when the grass isn't available. They need the protein and energy from both the hay and corn for the winter.

If you still don't understand or think that today's cow can live off of just 100% grass, I will leave you with this thought; A woman, that is pregnant, and only eats lettuce, how healthy do you think she and her baby will be?

These are my thoughts and opinions only!

Insurance Quest

I'm in the infancy stage of trying to find an insurance company that will (1) insure the farm, and (2) cover liability of a herd share. Yes, that means people can own their own cows and drink their own milk, fresh unprocessed whole milk, a.k.a. FUWM. Let's start with the beginning, in Michigan farmers can't sell raw milk directly to a consumer. However, there is no law stating that you can't drink your own milk from your own cow. This is how herd share or cow shares came to be. People are smart and understand the risk they take when joining in ownership to a herd share. I believe people have the right to choose FUWM if they so desire. Desire for this product is one of the reasons, I'm now looking for insurance. Not all insurance companies will take on a farm. Just because it says "farm" or "farmer" in their name doesn't mean they cover farm or farmer. I have called and talked to quite a few of these companies. After that I switched my form of search and went online. Search, Email, and then call. I'm still looking but have one calling tomorrow. The insurance quest is on!

An old idea. a new year!

I have played around with the idea of offering herd shares for Fresh Unprocessed Whole Milk a.k.a. Raw Milk or as I like to call it FUWM. It's very scary to step into the unknown and ask others to support you as a farmer. As it now stands our income comes from a co-op. They market our milk for us. We are at the mercy of the commodity market. What someone pays in the stores for a gallon of milk is not what the farmer gets paid. Shocking I know, but true. It's time for a change!