Do you have a lot of extra quality milk from your goats or dairy cows that you hate to see go to waste? How about making a decent income selling a product that is in high demand? There are a lot of people who would love to drink raw milk. Unfortunately, that right has been taken from us in many states. But, there is a way! Let's talk herdshares, shall we?
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is what the Homeschool Legal Defense Association is to homeschoolers, a protection of your rights. It is geared towards the protection of small farmers who want that extra peace of mind. They give a great explanation of what a herdshare is below.
How Cow or Goat-Share Programs Work
"The consumer purchases a share in a milk cow, goat or dairy herd. The farmer and the consumer enter into a contract whereby the farmer feeds and boards the animal and provides the labor to milk the animal and store the consumer’s milk. Such contracts are legal and valid, as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America. The consumer does not buy milk from the farmer. Rather, they pay the farmer for the service of keeping the cow or goat and his labor for milking and processing the milk into value added products such as butter, cream, cheese, etc. However, they may directly purchase other products from the farm, such as eggs, vegetables and meat.
Cow and goat-share programs protect the farmer from liability since the animal belongs to the consumer and the consumer is drinking the milk from their own animal."
That is it in a nutshell! You do need a contract between you and the shareholder, and make sure everything is worded correctly so that you are covered legally.
If you would like more information on herdshares or the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, go to their website at www.FarmToConsumer.org. We will be "attending" this teleseminar below about herdshares!
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