We are located in the Shenandoah Valley, NW of Harrisonburg, Virginia and raise and sell family size Once A Day A2/A2 milk cows which include Miniature Jersey cows, weanlings, and bred heifers and a few Registered small Standard Jersey cows. We love our A2/A2 milk cow and want to help you experience the benefits of your own sweet cow too.
Our passion is to raise family sized A2/A2 Jersey milk cows with grazing genetics, hand-milking size teats, smaller frames/statures that will have 12-15 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 mostly Mid and Mini Jersey but still have a few small standards. We have a shipping service that can deliver very affordable all over the US.
We are breeding for A2 genetics. All of our sires are rated A2/A2 and do not carry the A1 mutation. Read my article about A2 milk verses A1 Milk here. 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 will give you a sampling but honestly we spend more time out at the barn than trying to upload on our “high” speed.
Our Jersey calves are dam raised (a dam is a mama cow) on REAL milk (not 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!) 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 and non confinement, 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. 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 homeopathic treatments.
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. 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 or feed for top production as is typical for American genetics producing super cows that often have 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 of our animals.
Our 6+ hour 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 plan to offer some upcoming and hopefully affordable webinars or courses live on line. Watch for us to post info. At this time we are hoping to do two in March or April. We have found education to be on of the most needed items in this family cow world. You can succeed with coaching. Let us be your family cow coach and let us know if you are interested with an email!! We will make sure you are on the mailing list for an announcement but with tech skills being what they are : ) keep checking back as well.
We now have semen available from A2/A2 Miniature Jersey sires who are some of the smallest in the US. They are from generations of grazing and were raised on real milk for 6-7 months. We put 55+million sperm into each straw (the NAB standard is 15 million!). They are not on our site yet but we can send you the information and pictures.
Oh yes, we also give back scratches 🙂 We sure do love our cows and they know it!
Please contact us with any other questions.
We love educating and helping others learn but since we were spending a minimum of 20 hours a week on the phone with new cow questions, we have taken our phone number off of our site. For those who want to learn from Misty Morning Farm, we offer several 2 hour Farm Tours April ish thru November for a small fee. Please contact us for a current schedule or to get on the list for next year. We also offer consultations. See info here.
We offer MILKING SCHOOL LIVE in the spring where you can come and learn how to care for your cow and spend a day with other like minded folks. Our next one will be May 20th, 2017. Details here.
We give two presentations called “The Return of The Family Milk Cow Pt 1 and Pt II” at several of the Mother Earth News Fairs each year. This is a wonderful self-sustaining event where you can shop and take forums all day long on subjects you want to learn more about. A must experience event! Come join us at our presentations and booth in the animal barn and introduce yourself : ) We plan to be at the following fairs in 2017: Belton, TX Feb 18-19: Asheville, NC May 6-7: Burlington, VT June 10-11 and Seven Springs, PA Sept 15-17.
Jan 2017. A quick note to say that in December of ’16 UC Davis changed the way they are reporting A2/A2. We recently had a customer recheck her A2/A2 cows she bought from us and they looked like they were A1/A1 and A1/A2 respectively. They are now reporting a genetic i variant for example but they list it as I and it looks to your brain like they are saying A1 but it is really A2 with the i variant (genetic background/ethnicity from what I understood) They are changing the explanation but it was NOT clear even when I spent 45 minutes on the phone with the sweet Dr. they have put in charge of this and even we really thought there had been a terrible mistake and she had cows from us with the A1 mutation instead of her promised A2/A2. Now you know.
On a different and yet similar note: IF you hear rumors about our farm, please give us a chance to explain or provide verification of what we say. The internet is good and bad when it comes to getting or taking back information. : ) The breeding world unfortunately can be very political which we do not participate in. We want to do the best we can with the light we have and provide small sweet A2/A2 cows to charming families whom want the experience and life that she brings to the homestead.
Adam and Faith
Misty Morning Farm in Virginia