r ranson wrote:There is a lot of "information" out there on this topic. Much of this information comes from people who have never met a cow. The internet is very lopsided on this topic because most people raising animals are too busy to post opinions online. You're lucky you caught me on a week where I'm dedicated to answering questions on permies otherwise I would be out there with my sheep.
If you have concerns, the best thing you can do is to find a local farm and visit. See for YOURSELF if the farming practices meet your ethics.
Carla Burke wrote:we buy our whole, raw milk directly from a local Mennonite farmer, and draw it directly from his chill tanks, ourselves, just hours after it's pulled. We get to see the grass-fed, pastured cows, pet them, if they're close, and ask all the question we want. I truly wish everyone could do the same!
Carla Burke wrote:Just remember to check your state laws, before you even try to find a farmer, or you may end up wasting the time you spent searching for the farmer. Being as closer to the border as you are, you have a couple states to look into.
My husband turned cheese and yogurt making into a hobby, as well as mead & ales. Then again, we're retired, so convenience has lost a lot of its necessity, for us.
r ranson wrote:
Again, the mythology that mumma animals can only produce a tiny amount of milk - just barely enough to feed their young - doesn't hold up when you look at actual mammals.
I don't understand where that myth came from. I wish it would stop coming back.
Hans Quistorff wrote:You are in a good place according to Google search. food co-ops near you some have a storefront, some have pickup sites, some make deliveries.