Fresh Raw Goats Milk and Goat's Milk Products through Goat Herd Shares
Goat Herd Shares
What is a Goat Herdshare? A Goat Herdshare is when you purchase a "share" or interest of a herd of milking goats. You become a joint owner of the herd and in exchange for paying a monthly boarding and care fee; you receive 1/2 gallon or more of fresh milk from your animals weekly. In the State of West Virginia, it is illegal to deliver raw milk, or to advertise that you have raw milk for sale. These laws are restrictive and make it difficult for a small farm to succeed. Herdshares are now legal in West Virginia and are allowing Small Farms like mine to help support themselves and help families by supplying a good fresh product and by employing our neighbors to help us on our farms.
How does this work? First you purchase a Herdshare at a one-time cost of $18.00. You also purchase a glass milk container with a plastic lid for $4.00, which is also a one-time fee. Then, your only cost is $18.00 per month for ½ gallon of milk each week which represents a one share interest in the herd.
How do I purchase a Herdshare? Contact Split Willow Ranch via phone or email (Stephanie@splitwillowranch.com) to check for availability. Once you have confirmed that we have share(s) available, then just print out the Herdshare Agreement form, (attached here or at my website) sign it, enclose your payment and mail or bring the form when you come for your first milk pick up at the farm.
How much does a Herdshare cost? There is a one-time purchase cost of $18 per share of my Goat Milking Herd.
How much per Month do I Pay? You pay a monthly fee of $18 per Goat Share for care, feeding and boarding of your share of the animals which equates to 1/2 gallon of Milk per week per Share.
What if I want more than 1/2 gallon of Milk per Week? Then you would purchase 2 or more shares, depending on your needs. Example: If you want 2 gallons a week, you would purchase 4 shares. You would have a onetime fee of $72 for your 4 share interest in the herd and you would have a boarding/care fee of $72 per month. Your share interest can be sold back at any time that you want to discontinue.
What about Milk Containers? Milk is placed into 1/2 gallon Reusable Glass Jars with Plastic Lids. The Farm provides the jar and lid for $4 per jar (refundable if you sell your shares. You just need to bring the clean and empty jars back each week when you pick up your next batch of full jar(s) so we can keep reusing them and repeat each week. The Jars and Lids are sanitized again on the farm for everyone's safety. You will need to bring a cooler with ice or ice packs in it to transport your raw milk. Raw milk MUST remain cold at all times, at about 38 degrees!