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Making Money Mondays - Herdshare

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.

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund www.farmtoconsumer.org

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!

I am participating in a giveaway at www.artfulhomemaking.com.  Go there to find out how you can win a bar of my goat's milk soap and lotion!

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  1. This past year was my first with dairy goats. I was milking two and had more milk than we could drink. I was making soap, cheese and kiefer. A church member wanted goat milk so we traded, I gave him a gallon of milk for two bales of hay. A girlfriend had a grain mill so she would trade 4 loaves of whole grain bread for a gallon of milk. It worked great for 7 months and then my girls dried up. So I am preparing for March when my Molly is due to kid. Hopefully she will have two nice does and I can sell one and raise the other.

  2. What a great way to barter! I think we all need to do more of this! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I think bartering is the BEST! I also love our cow-share with Apple Family Farms! It is a HUGE blessing to many people and the word is spreading!

  4. What a wonderful idea! I was not familiar with this, but I might look into it for us. I've been getting meat and produce locally, and I would prefer to get raw milk as well but didn't know of a legal way to do it.

  5. The bartering a GREAT idea! I wish more people could get to know "raw" and learn more about the lies of pasteurization, and buying from farms that don't need cooking because thier livestock are utter deep in fecal matter. Love that it's catching on!


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