Raw milk is not dangerous.

· In 2006, a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that children who drank raw milk had significantly less instances of asthma, eczema and hay fever than those who drank pasteurized milk. Raw milk cut histamine by more than 50%.

· In 2003, the USDA reported that pasteurized milk causes 29 times more cases of Listeria than raw milk

· Various studies have found that raw milk reduces cholesterol levels.  Dr. George Mann found that 4 quarts of milk a day lowered subject’s blood cholesterol by 25%.

· The oxidation of fats and cholesterol creates free radicals that are linked to atherosclerosis and cancer. Pasteurized milk contains these oxides while raw milk does not.

· Pasteurization, by destroying enzymes, greatly increases the workload on the pancreas.

Ada, our prospect for 2012 milking season

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A bill formally legalizing cow shares has been passed by both the State House of Representatives and the Senate and signed into law by Governor Phil Bredesen on May 21. The bill simply states that nothing in the law “shall be construed as prohibiting the independent or partial owner of any hoofed mammal from using the milk from such animal for the owner’s personal consumption or other use.” The House sponsor of the bill was
Frank Nicely (R-Knoxville, District 17); the Senate sponsor was Mike Faulk (R-Kingsport, District 4). Congratulations to Brentwood WAPF Chapter Leader Shawn Dady and Tennesseans for Raw Milk (
www.tennesseansforrawmilk.com) for their persistent efforts—-spanning several years-—in getting this legislation passed.

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	The initial capital investment, land, and facilities required to own a dairy herd is cost-prohibited for many individuals. Hillpost Farm has formed a cooperative herd-owning society, selling shares in its registered Jersey herd. We feed, house, maintain the herd’s health and reproductive status, and will milk the herd for the co-owner. 
	Co-owners pay for the feed, housing, veterinarian, breeding costs, and labor, in proportion to the shares they have purchased. In addition, if co-owner wishes to receive the fluid milk from their herd, he/she must provide us with suitable containers or purchase them from Hillpost Farm.   
	A share is 1/25th of the milking herd and costs $20 per month. The milking herd averages 25 gallons per week of fluid milk. Therefore, each week you will receive at a minimum 1 gallon of your share of the herd’s milk, sometimes more. You may cancel ownership at any time without any penalty.
	Your milk can be bottled either in a new commercial food-grade plastic gallon jug at a cost of 25¢ per gallon, 2 (two) ½ gallon re-usable glass canning jars at an initial refundable deposit fee of $5 (2 glass jars with plastic sealable caps), or 2 (two) ½ gallon re-usable glass jars (free). 

	Our family also drinks the raw milk and retains about 1/2 gallon from each milking to ensure that in the rare case that you think there is a problem with the milk, we will have the ability to ascertain the problem. The milk safely lasts for 7 days, some say 14.

	All milk for that milking day will be available after 12 noon and you may pick-up at the farm. You are welcome to visit during milking. But please let us know when you wish to observe.
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About our philosophy:

Forage based diet:

             Conjugated linoleum acid (CLA) is an omega-6 fatty acid found in the              milk of grass-fed cows. It combats obesity and diabetes, improves              the immune response, reduces food allergies, builds muscle and              burns fat. The milk of grain-fed cattle contains 3 to 5 times less CLA              than grass-fed cows.

             With the unintended consequence of using a food grain for fuel, the              cost of corn has quickly become an ever increasing expense for farmers.

             How we are attempting this:

             Grass based genetics: Molly is a Wilderness Blueprint daughter. She              produces 1 3/4 gallons to 2 1/4 gallons a day on 5 pounds of grain and              milk sharing with her adopted calf, Ada with Once A Day (OAD) milking.

             ‘Babby’ (not misspelled) is the newest addition to the herd and we have              great hopes for her milking and breeding future. She came from a              commercial dairy and is being slowly re-worked nutritionally to get her grain              rations down from a high of 23 pounds, to the same balance as Molly’s.


             Breeding our US Jerseys to New Zealand bulls:



Producing cows with same ß-casein protein as humans:

           Milk from humans, Jersey cows, Guernsey cows, goats, camels, sheep,            buffalo, yaks, donkeys, and Asian cows naturally contain mostly the            original ß-casein protein. Some believe that it does not act in the gut the            same way as the mutated protein. All of our New Zealand bulls have this            protein type.

Calf Milk Sharing:

           This is where the calf remains with the mother throughout the growing            months. Jersey calves have a small birth weight with minimal fat            reserves of about 3%. Because of a high body surface area to body            mass, they chill and dehydrate easily. They also have a higher            maintenance energy requirement, making the selection of a good milk            replacer mandatory for heifer health. So, why not let the   high needs            growing months of the heifer get met by having her Dam’s milk? See            our Jersey Cow page on this process.


           Kindness to our animals includes giving the full benefits of            veterinary research and standards of good care. All of our cows are            fully immunized, treated with dairy safe medications and organic            treatments for parasites. Also, if despite our good animal husbandry            practices, any of our milk cows gets mastitis (udder infection), antibiotic            treatment, with recommended milk withdraw, will be instituted. NOT            quickly treating a cow with this painful ailment is cruel, not ‘holistic’.

           We believe that God, science, and nature do not conflict.

Lucy, front, and Molly enjoying the shade during the hot days of summer.