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M.A.M.A. Ranch Newsletter

October 22, 2018
I know many of you want to know what's going on with raw milk and M.A.M.A. (Make America Milky Again) Ranch. We've gone through a lot of back and forth with the state and their regulations and inspectors. It was a huge mountain and was looking pretty impossible for a small operation of two cows without unlimited funds. I even explored a Private Membership Association like a raw milk dairy up east of Dallas decided to do (it has been trouble for them ever since they converted from Grade A state inspected to a PMA, I do hope they are successful!). 

And then someone mentioned the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund and how helpful they are. We joined as a farm member and I spoke to a consulting lawyer last week. The conclusion is that we are going to offer herdshares. 

What is a herdshare? A herdshare is a shareholder who purchases a share of the animal (in this case a share of Daisy and Buttercup <-- due July 20th, 2019) for an initial buy-in and pays a monthly boarding fee for feed, predictable vet care, and our labor and receives the products from that animal (in this case weekly clean raw milk in glass jars to be picked up at the Ranch one of two different times and days during the week as available). If you ever want to sell your share, we would buy it back at the same price you purchased your share for. 

The details of the agreement and price are still being worked out but everything should be all set up legally by the time Daisy gives birth sometime around November 10th. I am considering setting up a private or "secret" Facebook group for shareholders for milk news and if subgroups wanted to coordinate a rotation of pick up agents for neighboring towns (FBG, Dripping, MF, etc.). If anyone has other apps or online groups that may be better, feel free to suggest it to me. I'm open to other ideas.

If you have any questions, please email or call and I'm happy to chat with you about herdshares and the cows. I can't give you price specifics yet as those are still being discussed, but it won't be outrageous. We will have 10-12 shares available (1 share will work out to approximately 1 gallon per week as available, production varies throughout her lactation). Half shares will be available as well. I will also keep a waitlist of future shareholders when shares sell out. Retail sales will unfortunately not be available with current Texas regulations and laws. I am very excited this is working out legally as there are few options in Blanco County for raw milk. Feel free to pass the word along to interested parties. 

If you are interested in joining the herdshare, either email or call to be added to the herdshare list. When details are available they will be sent to that list. mama.ranch@gmail.com or 314-578-1351
Who will we milk? Daisy is full Jersey and is expecting on November 10th, 2018. We think she was born in the Spring of 2010. We purchased her in October of 2015 from a family who was moving and couldn't take her with them. Daisy is the mother to Buttercup. She produces very yellow creamy milk about 3 gallons a day. She does best with yearly breedings and births.

Buttercup is 3/4 Jersey and 1/4 Guernsey heifer and was born here April 2017. Her sire was an A2A2 half Jersey half Guernsey visiting bull named Oatmeal. Buttercup is bred and due July 20th, 2019. 

Both Daisy and Buttercup were vaccinated for Brucellosis and yearly are given a 7 way cattle vaccination and tested for TB like the state requires for dairy cattle. Before each milking we test for mastitis as well and always try to use homeopathic treatments and catch any ailments early but the health of the cow is most important. 

Carlotta (Latte) was Bella's heifer calf born April 2018. She is up to date on her vaccinations as well but won't be bred for at least another year. We haven't decided if we will add her to the milking herd or will sell her as a family milk cow. She is half Jersey half Angus. 

How do we milk? We use a machine bucket milker to milk. Each teat is fastidiously cleaned, stripped, and tested before milking. After milking each teat gets coated with coconut oil and then dipped in an iodine teat dip. The milk is then strained, quickly cooled, then decanted into sterilized 1/2 gallon Mason jars. 

What do the cows eat? Our cows eat H&H dairy grain ration during milking which is non GMO and corn and soy free besides grass in the pasture during growing season and baled hay when there is no grass. After milking they get a treat of alfalfa. They have free choice minerals, salt, kelp, and baking soda (for any digestive distress). 

Shareholder visits to the cows and observation of our milking process are encouraged with prior notice.
Also available at M.A.M.A. Ranch

Beef Boxes
various cuts, your choice, in 10, 25, or 50 pound amounts.

Baby Turkey Poults
five Bourbon Red turkey poults hatched September 18th! They require gamebird feed until fully grown. 

Farm Fresh Eggs
for eating or hatching: a few chicken eggs -- various sizes and colors available. 

Cow Manure Compost
for your fall gardens! By the feed sack full or pickup truck full.

Cow's Milk Soap
is gentle, cleansing, and nourishing for skin. Tea tree (essential oil) or baby's breath (fragrance oil).

Ranch Tours
come visit our cows and fowl!
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