We are located in the Shenandoah Valley, NW of Harrisonburg, Virginia and raise and sell family size Once A Day milk cows which includes Registered small Standard Jersey cows, and Miniature Jersey cows, weanlings, and bred heifers.
This is one of my first favorite cows in this pic. Her name is Blossom and she was one of our Jersey crosses that held a special place in our heart. We have converted our herd over to all A2/A2 and so she was rehomed to a lovely family of 6 in Pennsylvania. We are happy for them and for her to have the chance to provide quality food for such a great family. Thank you Tony and Ann for giving our girl such a wonderful home.
Our passion is to raise family sized Jersey milk cows with grazing genetics, hand-milking size teats, smaller frames/statures that will have 10-15 lactation’s, be true family friends, and provide a sustainable source of wholesome and heart-healthy grass-fed meat, milk, cheese, yogurt, other dairy foods, and wonderful fertilizer for the fields and gardens.
We are breeding for A2 genetics. All of our sires are rated A2/A2. Read my article about A2 milk verses A1 Milk here. Most of our stock is Registered Jersey but we have a variety. We have a total of 30-50 cows (depending on the time of year) that all need our personal attention each day as we raise tame cows :), so email us for more info and tell us what you’re looking for. Our for sale page is rarely up to date as we spend more time out at the barn than trying to upload on our “high” speed and much of our stock presells.
Our Jersey calves are dam (a mama cow) raised on REAL milk (never formula as is common now) for a healthier and longer life. Instead of weaning at 5-8 weeks of age, we don’t wean them until at least 16-24 weeks of age (4-6 months). By weaning later, we allow them to properly develop their immune system and rumen so that they can digest the cellulose in the grass. Enough REAL Milk is the perfect source of protein for a calf although industry will tell you that grain is the perfect way.
Raising on real milk (enough milk! our calf to cow ratio is normally 2 calves per dam) and weaning our heifers at several months is a lot of work and expense, but they are so much healthier that it is worth it! This commitment along with the fact that our lines come from generations of grazing, allows a well developed rumen so they can be efficient grazers and stay in good condition on good quality forages. We are feeding and breeding for cows that live a long healthy life and don’t break the bank in grain and vet bills. Not to mention the multiple health benefits from the nutrient dense grass-fed milk and other products a family cow can produce for ones homestead. We want your Cud Chewing Beauty Queen to be an asset – not a liability. If you think about it, she is the ultimate barnyard perennial Once you buy your first cow, in most cases, you never have to buy another!
Misty Morning Farm rarely uses any drugs. Instead, we give free choice kelp and trace mineral salt, use probiotics and other natural trace minerals, and herbal supplements and treatments.
Our cows are BVD, Johnes, TB, and Brucellosis free. Unfortunately, Johnes from which there is NO cure, is very prevalent in Americas dairy cows. I have read up to 85% of our cows carry it. Johnes is extremely contagious and once it is in your soil, it is very hard to get rid of. However, it takes three years to manifest and accurately test for. We have heard to many stories of families who bought a cow only to lose her to this disease.
We avoid genetically modified grains (in fact, we feed very very little grain as ruminants do best on forage and this helps us avoid milk fever, ketosis, and mastitis issues – having healthy foundation stock helps a lot as well. Only our personal milk cow gets a pound or two of organic and or gmo free alfalfa pellets and grains as a thank you for coming in. All the herd girls and babies are grain free unless using a little grain for training purposes or a quart or so per cow during a very harsh winter for example. We use no bovine growth hormones or any other milk “enhancer”. We do not breed for top production as is typical for American genetics producing super cows that have continual problems from the high gear they are genetically programed for, but for a healthy family sized cow that will thrive on grazing. We buy as much organic hay as we can find and the rest is made from fields that have not been sprayed as a rule and is gmo free and great quality.
Although not certified humane (too much paperwork), we follow 95% of their requirements and generally look to the well-being and welfare of our animals.
Our MILKING SCHOOL DVD’s are now available and can be purchased from our site. It will include the info you see on the brochure plus an interview with Dr. Dettloff, the foremost American authority on the A1 mutation and 4 other subjects.
We now have semen available from a small standard Registered Jersey sire that has been throwing very nice calves (some of them with splashes of white!) and also from our very small Miniature Jersey sire who is one of the smallest in the US and a gentleman all the way around. Both are from generations of grazing and were raised on real milk for 7 months. We put 55+million sperm into each straw (the NAB standard is 15 million!) because our bulls are very fertile, and have top quality semen, so we have more allowing us to put more than the standard in each straw. Our small standard is $30 per straw and our mini is $60 per straw plus shipping (normally right around $100 to ship it in nitrogen to your vet or Artificial Insemination tech as it has to be stored in a nitrogen tank). They are not on our site yet but we can invoice you and you can pay by check or credit card and then we will arrange shipping.
Oh yes, we also give back scratches We sure do love our cows and they know it!
Please contact us with any other questions.
Since we spend most of our time farming and are NOT tech savvy, our pics on our website are woefully out of date. Our Facebook has more recent pics. Come on over and see what is happening. facebook.com/MistyMorningFarmVa
For those who really want to learn from Misty Morning Farm and incorporate our knowledge, we now offer a Consultation Service. See info here.
We offer MILKING SCHOOL in the spring where you can come and learn how to care for your cow. We will even cover some simple things to do with all that wonderful milk. Details here. Our next one will be in May ish of , 2016. Date to be posted when we decide who will be our cow volunteer for the hands on milking and when she will be fresh in time. After we do preg checks, we will decide.
We do a presentation about “The Return of The Family Milk Cow” at the Seven Springs PA Mother Earth News Fair in September and the Asheville, NC Mother Earth News fair April each year. Come join us and introduce yourself!
Adam and Faith
Misty Morning Farm in Virginia