Having a Family Cow

Saturday, June 26, 2021 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm

With Covid-19, we will offer this class outside and will adhere to the latest Vermont State Social Distancing guidelines.

'Having A Family Cow' is designed to help you navigate the new and exciting world of owning and caring for a family cow & calf. Class will include some hands-on learning; want to try hand-milking a cow? Our farm is certified organic, so our approaches to health and wellness comply with the USDA Organic Standards.

Topics will include:
* Animal Health
* Grazing Management
* Calf Care
* Animal Nutrition
* Breeds and Breeding
* Housing and Husbandry
* Milking Equipment, cleansers and milk quality testing
* Marketing your milk: raw milk regulations in VT
* What does it mean to be certified organic when it comes housing & husbandry & health

Participants will receive a handout along with a list of useful books and resource links to get you on your way.

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 raw milk; pasture raised chicken, heritage turkey, beef & Muscovy duck; and (non-organic) pastured pork & eggs.

Cost for class: $60 per person. Groups of 2 or more will receive a 10% discount on registration (to be refunded later if you pay online). Payment for the class is on-line (credit card or paypal) or by sending a check to: 341 Macintosh Hill Rd, Randolph VT 05060.

We need a minimum of 5 people to hold the class


Earthwise Farm& Forest


341 Macintosh Hill Rd
Randolph, VT 05060
United States



Contact Name:

Lisa McCrory