Introducing Goat Song Farm of Sheridan, OR:

Goat Song Farm goatsGoat Song Farm is an integrated livestock farm that sits on only slightly more than 1 acre of land, but the centerpiece to everything is the dairy. I run a raw milk herdshare program with both dairy cows and dairy goats, and while I have been doing this with the goats for 3 years, this will be my first full year with cows. My herd numbers this year are currently nine goats that will be milking, and at the moment I have one Jersey cow, one Jersey/Guernsey heifer, and the hope of acquiring one more milking cow by summertime.

To some, it may sound like madness to have this many animals on roughly 1 acre of pasture; the secret to success though, is intensive rotational grazing. And while I can make no claim to be an expert on doing this, it has worked so far, and I think this year will be the ultimate test. I currently have 20-25 herdshare members, and hope to increase to 40-50 before the year is over.

I started dairying six years ago, just providing raw milk for my family. Dairying quickly became a passion, and in 2011 I began offering raw goat milk to local consumers. The learning curve has been steep, but the joy of doing this has kept me going and made me want to take the next step in adding cows. In 2012 I became a member of the Oregon Raw Milk Producers Association, and am working on not only building a proper, Grade A dairy parlor, but also beginning to test my raw milk on a monthly basis, and striving to produce the cleanest, healthiest raw milk for people.

Goat Song Farm cowIn 2012 I had the rare opportunity to visit Joel Salatin’s extremely well known Polyface Farm, and stayed with the Salatin family for four days, experiencing a crash course in how they run their enormously successful farm. My knowledge learned from that trip has fueled a fire in me to farm in a way that heals my land, my animals, and my customers, and I will be heavily implementing many of Joel’s methods on my farm this year to benefit the dairy operation.

Some 2013 goals this year are building the dairy parlor, acquiring a third cow, re-mineralizing the pastures in an organic manner, rotating the grazing grounds in the most intensive manner yet, and I suppose “trying to stay sane” might be considered a goal, seeing as I run the farm by myself… At any rate, it should be a grand year filled with adventures.

You can read more about my farm by visiting my website at: http://goatsongfarm.weebly.com/index.html

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4 Responses to “Introducing Goat Song Farm of Sheridan, OR”
  1. Kathy says:

    I hope you will be able to overcome the deep loss you are going through at this time and that you will carry on with all the great plans you have. May God’s strength be yours even more so now.

  2. Kathy, thank you for your kind words. :) I am working on picking myself back up, dusting off, and continuing this farming journey… It’s just slow going. I’m hoping to get a new cow in the next few months, so as to keep the herdshare program going. Mattie will always be sorely missed, but I am at least grateful for the time I had with her.

  3. Jenna says:

    Wow. I ran a small dairy program for a little bit off and on I currently own a Saanen and a Jersey that are being milked by others while I live in the city with my husband so he can finish he degree. I am in so much admiration for you to be living the dream. I live in a state where herdshares were not legal and not illegal and I tried to work with the dairy inspector to become legal he was super discouraging. I know a lot more now, and I think I could make it work if I went back, but I was not brave enough then.

    CONGRATULATIONS and keep going, you carry a lot of our dreams and hopes with you.

  4. Amy Driscoll says:

    I love it when people get together and share ideas. Great website, keep it up!

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