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VIOLET IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE 

WE WILL HAVE NEWBORN HEIFER CALVES FOR SALE FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR, IN 2014. WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING DEPOSITS IF YOU WISH TO RESERVE ONE BEFORE BIRTH. READ THE COW PROFILES FOR INFORMATION ON CALVES EXPECTED TO BE BORN THIS YEAR. 

 

We raise registered Guernsey cows. Guernseys are known for their golden creamy milk, gentle dispositions, and ability to produce well on pasture. At least 90% of Guernseys produce milk containing the protein A2 beta-casein rather than A1 beta-casein. As factory farming continues to take over the American dairy industry, Guernsey cows have become so few and far between that they are now on the American Livestock Breed Conservancy's watch list. 

THEIR DIET

Our Guernseys have access to pasture at all times, and they obtain most of their food from it. We supplement them with hay and sun-cured alfalfa pellets when needed. We produce 100% grass fed, grain-free milk. Our cows are fed free-choice minerals and kelp.

 THEIR JOB ON OUR ECOFARM

Our Guernseys are the largest grazers on our farm. We use their mowing services to trim, maintain, and improve our pastures. Their manure provides fertilizer. 

 

 

CALF MANAGEMENT

In contrast to the mainstream dairy industry, we prefer for calves to be raised on whole raw milk. We raise all of our calves on real milk and never use milk replacer. Our calves drink about two gallons of milk each day until they are six months old. Using all this milk on the calves is a tremendous monetary investment, far more expensive than milk replacer and grain, but we think it pays off in the end. Our calves never eat grain and develop a robust gut system so that after they are weaned at six months they thrive on 100% grass, maintaining excellent body condition even when milking at peak lactation. 

HERD HEALTH

Starting in 2011, all cows in the milking herd have been tested annually for Tuberculosis, Johnes, and Brucellosis (unless they were vaccinated for Brucellosis); they have all tested negative. The average age of our milking herd is over 5 years old; we emphasize good health and a low-stress life for long-lived cows. 

A2/A2

We genetically tested all our foundation cows for A2 status at the University of California Veterinary Genetics Laboratory. They are all A2/A2. We use only bulls that are listed by the American Guernsey Association as A2/A2. Thus, all calves born are A2/A2. 

SALES

Update April 2014: I expect to have a few heifer calves for sale in the rest of 2014. There will possibly be a bull calf or two for sale. None of them are born yet. They will all be A2/A2, registered Guernseys, and from a herd that is 100% grass-fed, and tested yearly for Johnes, TB, and Brucellosis (all negative). The next calves are due in mid and late June. I am now accepting deposits on heifer calves.

Our Cows


 

Aris

Three Brooks Challenge Aris, 80 pts

Born 5/23/2008. Registration#: 68024206

Sire: Idle Gold E Challenge-ET

Dam: Three Brooks Reward Aniska

Aris loves taking care of calves and is a great mother. She will voluntarily stand still in the middle of the pasture to be hand-milked. She is easy to milk by hand or machine. She is a very steady, consistent producer, peaking at around 3 or 4 gallons a day and then maintaining about 2 gallons a day for the rest of lactation on once-a-day milking. Aris has a strong immune system and is efficient on grass. 

Aris is bred to 7GU450 ABIQUA ACRES ALSTAR V I P and due in June 2014. She is bred with sexed semen (90% chance of heifer calf. I already have two of her daughters in my herd and will be selling this calf. $2000 for a heifer, $600 for a bull calf. Calf will be A2/A2. Now accepting a deposit to hold this calf for you. DEPOSIT PENDING FROM MEGAN.

 


 

Buttercup

 Three Brooks Patrick Buttercup

Born: 9/2/2011 Registration#: 68047292

Sire: Three Brooks Lewis Patrick

Dam: Three Brooks Challenge RuthAnn

Buttercup was raised by her mother RuthAnn, nursing until 4+ months. She has never eaten grain and maintains excellent condition on 100% pasture/hay. She maintains excellent condition without grain.

Buttercup is bred to 7GU450 ABIQUA ACRES ALSTAR V I P and due in December 2014. She is bred with sexed semen (90% chance of heifer calf. Calf will be A2/A2. This calf will be third generation on 100% grass. $2500 for a heifer, $600 for a bull calf. Calf will be A2/A2. Now accepting a deposit to hold this calf for you. 


 

Dill

 Three Brooks Daunte Dill, 78 pts

Born: 9/27/2008 Registration#: 68024215

Sire: Oak Knob Legacy Daunte

Dam: Three Brooks JB Daisy

Dill maintains body condition effortlessly on 100% pasture/hay. She reliably produces outstanding milk with particularly deeply golden colored cream. 

Buttercup is bred to 7GU450 ABIQUA ACRES ALSTAR V I P and due in December 2014. She is bred with sexed semen (90% chance of heifer calf. Calf will be A2/A2.

 

Iris

 Sunny Knoll Iris

Born: 05/17/12

Sire: Golden J Ronald Grumpy

Dam: Three Brooks Challenge Aris

 

Iris was raised on raw milk by her mother Aris for five months. She went through weaning well and is transitioned onto 100% grass and hay, with no grain in her entire history. 


 

RuthAnn

 Three Brooks Challenge RuthAnn--83

Born: 3/11/2008 Registration#: 68024202

Sire: Idle Gold Challenge-ET

Dam: Three Brooks Ron Rawanda

RuthAnn is a big, strong cow and my top milk producer. She has excellent conformation and dairy character. RuthAnn is very sweet and good-natured. 


 

Valley

Crown Stone Mint Valley--81

Born: 9/5/2009 Registration#: 68027896

Sire: Spring Walk Sherberts Mint

Dam: Crown Stone Maxie Karen

Valley has nice dairy conformation with a well-attached udder. She is calm, quiet, and gentle. 

Valley is bred to 7GU450 ABIQUA ACRES ALSTAR V I P and due in September 2014. She is bred with sexed semen (90% chance of heifer calf. Calf will be A2/A2. 


 

Vicki

 Crown Stone Hazelnut Vicki-TW

Born: 10/26/2009 Registration#: 68027899

Sire: Bay Meadow Lewis Hazelnut

Dam: Crown Stone Card Marion

Vicki is strong and deep but small in stature, a good body type for 100% grass-fed performance. Indeed, her conformation is a good predictor of her performance. She is producing very well and maintaing good body condition on 100% grass and hay. 

Vicki is bred to 7GU450 ABIQUA ACRES ALSTAR V I P and due in June 2014. She is bred with sexed semen (90% chance of heifer calf. $2500 for a heifer, $600 for a bull calf. Calf will be A2/A2.

Now accepting a deposit to hold this calf for you. 


Teddy

Crown Stone Sunrise Teddy, 88 points

Born: 04/30/2008 Registration#: 68023162

Sire: Ripley Farms RC Sunrise

Dam: Crown Stone Icon Keirsten

Teddy is a strong cow with very good conformation. She is one of my highest producers, peaking at least 6 gallons a day on once a day milking and 100% grass. She has a strong will to milk, making a gallon a day even after having been in milk for two years. While she is one of my bigger cows, Teddy is very well-mannered. 

Teddy is currently open and will hopefully calve again sometime in early 2015. I already have a spectacular heifer calf from her, so her next calf will be for sale. The calf should have strong show potential. 

 

Ariana

 Sunny Knoll Ariana

Born: 05/21/2013

Sire: Golden J Ronald Grumpy

Dam: Three Brooks Challenge Aris

Ariana is weaned and open. 

 
 

Daisy

 Sunny Knoll VIP Daisy

Born: 10/08/2013 Registration#: 78001282

Sire: Abiqua Acres Alstar VIP

Dam: Three Brooks Daunte Dill

Daisy is weaned after drinking milk for six months. She is strong and deep like her mother. Daisy has never been fed grain. 

 Aster  

Aster

 Sunny Knoll VIP Aster

Born: 12/21/2014 Registration#: 78001283

Sire: Abiqua Acres Alstar VIP

Dam: Three Brooks Challenge RuthAnn

Aster is still drinking milk at four months old. She is growing very nicely. 

 Valentina  

Valentina

 Sunny Knoll VIP Valentina

Born: 02/15/2014 Registration#: 78001280

Sire: Abiqua Acres Alstar VIP

Dam: Crown Stone Sunrise Teddy

Valentina is a gorgeous calf. Strong show potential. I think she'll be a phenomenal cow.