100% Grassfed Raw Milk from Golden Guernsey Cows & Goats
Shares are currently sold out (likely until Spring 2023)
We also offer additional nutrient dense real food, such as organic soy-free pastured chicken and duck eggs, 100% grassfed & grass-finished beef, pastured pork & chicken, raw pet food, other raw dairy products, seasonal organic produce & homemade baked goods!
This Is What 100% Grassfed Should Look Like…
Our dairy herd is made of 100% registered and A2 Beta-Casein Guernsey Cows and LaMancha & Nubian Goats. Our Guernsey and goat milk is complete as it comes from nature – we chill it and bottle it for shareholders to pick up at one of several delivery locations we have throughout Virginia.
We are a family farm located in Farmville, Virginia in Cumberland County. Although we hail from generations of dairy and cattle farmers, our program was established in 2019. Our young children help gather, wipe & pack the chicken and duck eggs for you, and provide lots of love and attention to the many animals on our farm that produce other products that we love to sell to our customers through our program. Contact us about our other products or if you have questions about our products.
In order to receive dairy products from Golden Valley Farms you must be herd shareholder.
What is a Herdshare program?
A herd share is a contractual agreement between a farmer and an owner of livestock- the shareholder or member- through which the shareholder is able to obtain raw milk, meat or other profits of the livestock proportionate to the shareholder’s interest in the herd.
Golden Valley Farms Herd Share program complies with all the legal requirements of the State of Virginia. We obtain an agistment (contract) and a bill of sale to begin. Buy in or herdshare fees apply per share. The herdshare fees are due at start up and are nonrefundable. The monthly boarding fee is the only recurring fee that we charge.
How do you receive your order?
Once it is bottled and chilled your dairy product is on the way to you. Check out our list of locations for local pickups.
Aldie – Ashburn – Broad Run – Bumpass – Centreville – Charlottesville – Dillwyn – Fairfax – Falls Church – Farmville – Fredericksburg – Goldvein – Gordonsville – Haymarket – Henrico – Manassas – McLean – Palmyra – Reston – Richmond (N. Chesterfield) – Scottsville – Springfield – Sterling – Vienna
About the Milk
A2 Beta-Casein Guernsey cows are a result of almost 1000 years of perfection that result in the best milk available!
Why our Golden Guernsey Milk is better than A1 “white milk”
Naturally has only the A2 beta-casein protein that is said in trials to help to aid in digestion.
Contains 12% more protein.
Has higher concentrations of beta carotene.
Contains 15% more Calcium.
Naturally occurring Vitamin D and Vitamin A (not artificially fortified!).
Is the perfect balance of Omegas.
Q: Can we get milk year round? I have heard cows and goats dry up – what does that mean?
A: In the last 6-8 weeks of pregnancy, the cow instinctively prepares for her new calf and gives herself a “rest” from lactation. The cows have calves at different times of the year so that we have sufficient milk for our share-members. We do the same for our dairy goats.
Q. How do you compare to other herd share programs?
1. We offer cow shares. 2. When other programs say “grassfed” or “pastured,” note that we say “100% grassfed” and “100% pastured.” 3. Our cows and goats are kept healthy while being 100% grainfree. This is only possible by offering high quality forage, free choice minerals, expansive pasture, and rotational grazing. 4. Our chickens and eggs are pastured, organic & soy-free, not just “non-GMO pastured” which means their chickens are fed non-organic feed and soy as a cheap, controversial protein source. 5. The majority of all our animals’ diet is from being out on pasture, which is the only way to ensure real, nutrient dense food. 6. We test our milk regularly by an independent, state-run lab in VA. 7. Our grassfed meat is also grass-finished, not grain-finished. So, when comparing our program to others, first ask if they are physically located in VA, willing to provide their exact farm location, allow members to visit, and if they are:
Q: Is it legal to purchase raw milk in Virginia?
A: In Virginia, it is illegal to sell raw cow milk, but it is not illegal to drink fresh milk from the cow that you own! It is as simple as purchasing/owning your own cow or a partial ownership in a herd of cows and boarding them at a local farm. The farmer (or Agister) performs a service for you by feeding, caring for, and milking your own or cows/goats. This arrangement is called cow boarding, the legal form for it is an Agistment Agreement.
Q: What are your farming practices?
All of our products are organic, non-gmo, and soy free. The farmer produces food following Weston Price principles, including rotational grazing, no antibiotics or growth hormones, and farming beyond organic standards. We belong to a limited number of milk producers that do not resort to feeding grain to our cows. We believe in providing them fresh pasture to frolic on and chemical free hay during winter.
Q: What other products do you have available?
We offer other nutrient dense real food, such as raw cream, Greek yogurt, cheese, sour cream, and cottage cheese. We also offer organic raw kombucha, 100% grassfed & grass-finished meat, and pastured organic soy-free chicken and duck eggs, pet food, as well as bulk beef and bulk pork.
Q: Can we purchase beef, pork, poultry, eggs, etc without committing to a monthly herd share?
Yes, every person who becomes a member of our program, can purchase all non-raw dairy products without committing to a raw milk share.
Q: What kinds of dairy goats do you have?
We raise registered Nigerian Dwarf, Nubian, and LaMancha goats because they have the highest butterfat and sweet tasting milk of all goat breeds. For the same reason we choose to only milk Guernsey Cows, we focus on quality goat milk over quantity. Our goat milk is as sweet as it can be from mother nature. We are picky about our goats as much as we are about our cows. YES, we also keep our goats are 100% grain free. Our goats come from prized bloodlines and were bred for the most outstanding of qualities in their breed.
Q: Can we visit the farm?
We welcome our current shareholders to arrange a visit to the farm! In addition, we host an annual Farm Day where shareholders are invited to attend, meet the farmer, visit with the animals, watch demonstrations, sample farm products and enjoy camaraderie with other raw dairy and grassfed food enthusiasts!
Q: Why do you only milk Guernsey’s and not Jersey’s?
Jersey’s are a popular family cow. Guernsey’s and Jersey’s both provide superior milk, and are far better than the other cow breeds in terms of cream, taste and nutrition. However, given a choice, we prefer the taste of Golden Guernsey milk (even though we hail from generations of Jersey dairy farmers). Guernsey’s have the highest of all breeds for A2-A2 Beta-Casein genes and Omega 3, and are said to have the better overall ‘balance’ of nutrients compared to Jersey’s.
If you’re switching to us from Jersey milk, you may think our milk is less creamy by the “look” of it. This is because the fat globules of Jersey milk are the largest of any dairy breed, which causes the cream to rise faster and separate more clearly than in Guernsey milk. Both breeds are very similar in butterfat content. If we were to mix some Jersey’s into our herd, all the milk would separate more clearly into skim milk and cream. We prefer the smoother, silkier, more naturally homogenized appearance and taste of our Golden Guernsey milk—this is similar to the reason raw goat milk appears naturally homogenized due to smaller fat globules.
The Guernsey’s didn’t receive the nickname “golden” just because of their coat. Their high-fat milk is also that beautiful, sun-kissed shade because it’s loaded with natural, orange beta carotene.