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Having a Family Cow

341 Macintosh Hill Rd
Bethel, VT

This class is designed to help you navigate the new and exciting world of owning and caring for your family cow & calf. This may also be an entry point for you to get into selling raw milk from the farm, or having a beef cow (as a result any bull calves born).

Items to discuss will include:

* Housing & Husbandry
* Animal Health & Calf Care
* Grazing Management
* Breeds and Breeding
* Animal Nutrition
* Milking Equipment, cleansers & Milk Quality Testing
* Marketing your milk; raw milk regulations in VT
* What does it mean to be certified organic when it comes to husbandry, housing, health & feed.

A handout will provide you with basic need-to-know information, plus a listing of useful books, and businesses that can supply you with the feed, nutritional supplies and other items that you will want to have at your fingertips.

Some information about our small dairy operation: At Earthwise Farm & Forest, we have 2 milk cows and enjoy milking our cows by hand. During the growing season, our cows (and youngstock) are managed in a rotational grazing system. The milk cows get a couple pounds of organic grain at each milking and free choice minerals are available to the livestock at all times. About 1-2 months into our cow's lactation we will switch to once a day milking. We breed our cows using Artificial Insemination. We sell our raw milk (pre-order only)from our farm store. We are a Tier 1 raw milk dairy

About the Instructor: Lisa McCrory is a Grazing and Whole Farm Planning consultant with 30 years of grazing experience and training in Holistic Management (c). She and owns and operates Earthwise Farm & Forest with her husband, Carl Russell. Their farm is draft-animal powered & certified organic, incorporating biodynamic and ecological practices & principles. They market organic grass fed meat & milk products, vegetables, flowers, herbs, maple syrup, and offer on farm workshops and farm tours.

Cost: $60 per person

For more information: Email:, Phone: 802-234-5524  

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The Family.Cow.Flier.7.10.21.pdf