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Hello “Godd-etts”! Spring has sprung that is for sure. Many of our seasonal farmers markets begin shortly. We are always excited to start Hanford Farmers Market on Thursdays Old Town Clovis Farmers Market and Cayucos Farmers Market on Fridays.
I thought I would share with you many of the Frequently Asked Questions at my markets and by my many store customers. I am always happy to answer any questions anyone has. If there is not one answered here…please just let me know.
Hope to see you soon!
FAQ for Dairy Goddess Farmstead Cheese & Milk
Are you organic?
We practice primarily organic though not certified
Are the cows grass-fed?
We have a nutritionist that works weekly with my husband to formulate the best diet for our cows. They use the corn and wheat and alfalfa we grow on our farm. They also get fresh citrus, almond, and other nutrients that are mixed fresh twice daily.
Are your cows happy?
Of course! Our whole goal is to create our animals comfort and well-being. Not only morally…but a happy cow makes more milk.
Are your cows confined?
We raise our cows in open corrals with shades available to them. On hot days they have soakers and misters to cool them and on hot days they have warm water for their wash up.
Do you remove the calves from their mothers?
They spend a few hours or longer with their calves (calves are up and walking almost immediately) and then the calves are placed in their private pen so that they will not be exposed to dangers. We also can better monitor them to make sure they are eating and drinking. They are monitored for about 45 to 60 days when they are moved to age appropriate group pens.
Do you raise your bull calves?
Yes we do
Do your cows have hormones?
All mammals have natural hormones but we do not supplement them with Rbst
Is there antibiotics in your milk?
Our milk as in all milk is tested numerous times as in compliance with the government and our cooperatives. Cheese will not make if there are antibiotics SO of course we do not!
Do you treat your cows with antibiotics?
Yes. Only if necessary. As we did with ourselves and our children. They are often similar medications. We have a “hospital” pen where they are monitored and the milk for the ill cows is discarded.