Questions about the purchase of a Herd Share.
- Why do I need to purchase a share of a herd/cow to drink Raw Milk?
It is against Virginia law to buy and sell Raw Milk. You are only allowed to drink milk from your own cow. The great benefit of owning your own cow is drinking the milk. Many people don’t have the land or don’t want the work of boarding their own cow. We offer to board cows for our customers. We take care of them, milk them, and put the milk in a refrigerator for owner/customer pick up. So when you drink the milk, it literally comes from your share of the herd/cow.
- Do I have to pay for a whole cow?
No, we offer shares of our small herd of cows. This way one can buy one or more shares depending on the need of an individual or family. One share in the herd will result in one gallon of milk per week, a half share would be ½ gallon per week etc.
- How much is a share in the herd?
Each share in the herd requires a one-time fee of $100, paid at the signing of the contract.
- What are the ongoing boarding fees?
The cost to board one share of the herd is $40 per month, paid at the beginning of each month. If milk is being delivered to one of our drop sites there is an additional $10 delivery fee.
Example: 1 gallon per week: One-time costs: Purchase herd Share $100; Plus jars if you want milk in glass $24
Monthly costs: Boarding $40; Delivery if receiving milk at drop site $10;
- How do I transport the milk?
Your milk can come in glass jars or plastic jugs.
The milk is put into ½ gallon glass jars. When the customer has finished their milk they clean their jars and lids and bring them when they pick up the next weeks milk. There they pick up their new milk and leave the clean jars for the following week’s milk. We provide ½ gallon glass jars with easy-to-clean lids at a cost of $4 per jar (this is a one-time purchase cost). Plastic jugs are $2.50 per share per month.
- How are the jars cleaned?
The shareholder is responsible to clean their own jars, If not cleaned well, there will be a smell and off taste when the new milk is put in.
- How long will the milk last?
The shareholder should transport the milk in a cooler and keep refrigerated at all times. This will ensure a good 7 – 10 days of fresh milk. Even after that time, the milk will just begin to curdle and is great to make soft cheeses or sour cream.
- How do I sign up?
The best way is to set up a time to come out to the farm or to meet us at a location to finalize details, sign a contract, and receive your first share of milk. Contact us by e-mail or phone to finalize details
- Do I have to come out to the farm each week to pick up my milk? As a shareholder, you are responsible for getting you milk each week. We do have several delivery options but prefer you to pick-up on the farm.
- Delivery Options?
We now deliver to Lynchburg and Roanoke. Delivery can be done in Recyclable plastic gallon jugs or glass jars.
Lynchburg Fridays: 1. Down Town; 2. Health Nut Nutrition;
Lynchburg Saturday: 1. Health Nut Nutrition
Roanoke on Tuesdays: Herbs 777: Monthly delivery fee of $10.
West Lake on Tuesdays. $10/month
Danville: On Thursday $10/month
Please contact us if you have any more questions or to move forward
Our Father’s Farm www.Ourfathersfarmva.com
Jack Fuhrmann Family
2664 Deer View Rd. Gretna, VA 24557