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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

Free Worksheet to Determine Your Raw Milk Price thumbnail

It’s coming up on 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 6 years of… 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. 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 below the video to the comment section and tell me what you do?  We can all learn from… 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 7 years so I keep at it.) I believe it is the moral and ethical obligation of every single raw milk producer to test… 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

Rustic and Handmade – Refine Your Raw Milk Dairy Milking Stanchion thumbnail

Today I am showing off my rustic, homemade milking stanchion due to popular request!! I've learned in this business of raw milk micro-dairying that you don't want to invest a lot of extra money building a fancy infrastructure if you don't have to.  Keep to the basics, use leftovers around the farm to build, trade… Read More

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