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“Should I use chlorine bleach or iodine to clean my raw milk dairy equipment?” thumbnail

This question often shows up in my inbox! Among others about sanitizing raw milk equipment -- what to use, why what they’re using isn’t working, how much sanitizer, etc. I’m a firm believer in that if you’re producing raw milk then you’d better have some food grade bleach flying in your barn sanitizing that equipment. Over… Read More

Charlotte Smith & Mark McAfee: cheap raw milk is dangerous raw milk thumbnail

You gotta see today's video. Doesn't matter if you produce raw milk or not, nor what kind of Ag related biz you own, you'll be inspired. Mark McAfee has been a raw dairy farmer for 20 years and is first and foremost a humanitarian.  That clearly shines through in this conversation we had a few weeks… Read More

Free Worksheet to Determine Your Raw Milk Price thumbnail

It’s tax time!! As if you needed that dismal reminder. This is the time of year when I take a bird’s eye view of my farm, what’s profitable, what’s not, and what are possible solutions. Last year at tax time we had just finished up 6 months of trying once-a-day milking.  After 5 years of twice-a- day… Read More

Shawna Barr, Kid Creek Pastures Herd-Share Talks Marketing thumbnail

I began this site a couple years ago in service to raw milk producers – just a place to share how I did things in my barn, and a place to answer all the questions I get asked. Something that’s bothered me the last couple of years is the very fast rate at which small… Read More

How I deal with newborn calves – leave on Mama or no? thumbnail

I’m regularly asked what I do with my calves when the dairy cows calve. For instance, do I keep them on the mamas or remove them and bottle feed, or a combo? I put together today’s video to explain just that. Take a look at my process, then I’d love for you to scroll down… Read More

how to test your raw milk thumbnail

Here it is! In the video below I break down the process I use to test my cow's milk.  (my way is not the ONLY way, yet it has worked for me for 6 years so I keep at it.) I have very strong opinions on this subject - I believe it is the moral… Read More

Champoeg Creamery and Raw Milk on PBS thumbnail

Last summer a really cool TV crew was here from Berkeley and spent two days on our farm filming an episode of a PBS documentary.  The show is "Food Forward TV" and airs on PBS at various times across the country (Portland, OR area tomorrow night!) I am so honored to be a part of this… Read More

rotational grazing for superior raw milk thumbnail

I frequently get asked about our intense rotational grazing system so thought I'd just head out to the field and show you! When you feed your cows like - moved regularly to fast growing, lush grass - this is reflected in the superior taste and quality of the milk. I filmed it in my beef cow… Read More

Properly Clean Your Raw Milk Machine thumbnail

  Today I'm demonstrating the process I've developed over the years, with the help of raw dairy consultants, to clean and sanitize our equipment to insure safe raw milk production. I list the proper chemicals, amounts, and processes.  And, if you're just getting started and don't have access to dairy chemicals, I list what you… Read More

Off-Taste in Your Raw Milk? Fix it Here. thumbnail

Ever take a big drink of milk and then - bleh!!*#@ it tastes like a cow? Or super bitter? Or like well-aged parmesan cheese (not in my milk, please!)?? One of the most common calls for help I get from raw milk producers is because their customers are complaining about off-tasting raw milk, they're giving… Read More

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