Herdshares

Herd-HerdsharesMain-600x626In herdshares, also known as farmshares, cowshares, goatshares, etc., people buy shares of a milking animal or herd, and pay the farmer to care for the animals and milk them. As owners, the shareholders are entitled to the milk from their own animals. The farmer may deliver the milk directly to shareholders or a central drop point, or shareholders may pick it up at the farm. Shares are typically sold based on an expected milk volume. For example, “one share” may entitle the holder to one gallon of milk per week. Owners can buy the number of shares they need to ensure the milk supply they want.

See also our Cowshare Programs Brochure.

Articles

America's First Cowshare Program?

By Sally Fallon Morell An alert member found the following fascinating tidbit: Devon and Cornwall were the last ports of call for sailing ships departing for Britain’s colonies abroad. In 1623, the British ship Charity brought “red cattle,” one b...

Cowshares vs. Licensed Dairies

By Sally Fallon Morell An unfortunate side effect of the Washington state affair has been some unkind remarks on the part of licensed raw milk dairy owners against cowshare dairies and against the Weston A. Price Foundation for encouraging this model,...

Don't Let Your Herdshare Agreement Land You In Court

By Carl Little, JD As raw milk demand increases, more and more dairies are creating cow and goat herdshare arrangements to satisfy the demand. It is inevitable that increased scrutiny by state regulatory agencies will come with the increased use of...

Order Manager Application for Herdshares

By Don Neeper Cowshare holder Don Neeper writes: I've been a herd shareholder here in Northeast Ohio for about two years now, and about a year ago I wrote a Windows application for my host farmer's family to improve tracking and fulfilling their...

Share Agreements: Cowshares, Goatshares, Herdshares, Farmshares

In states where dairy regulations forbid consumers their constitutional right to purchase raw milk in stores or directly from farmers, consumers are entering into share agreements with the farmer. In a cow share, goatshare, or herd share agreement,...

The First Cowshare Program

By Neysa C. Garrett Niels Drustrup, a Danish farm boy who immigrated to America in the 1890s, may have been the originator of the concept of share ownership of cows. In 1929 Drustrup bought what he called "a small subsistence farm," 33 acres of prime...

The Incredible Story of Michael and Dorothea Schmidt and Real Milk in Canada

By Sally Fallon Morell The city of Toronto spreads out from its center as an inundation of asphalt and grey rooftops, punctuated by soul-numbing high-rise apartments. Gradually the city gives way to farmland, dotted with small towns and pleasant farms,...

The MilkDirect™ Program

By Tim Wightman It would be hard to catalog all the conversations, reasons and moments of enlightenment that have led our clients to our milk house door. I guess it's best to start in the garden as that is where all good things come from and where...

The Walkerton Dairy Herd Association

By Susan Siemers I have belonged to several cowshare programs. But for me, it wasn't enough just to get raw milk. The first farmer's cooling system left something to be desired, and my milk was only good for about three days. Since we picked up milk...

Tracking the Trojan Cow--A Rotten Milk Bill in Utah

By Deborah Stockton Reprinted from the VICFA Voice Newsletter (Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association) Redmond Salt CEO Creates Cowshare Ban in Utah Bill On March 12, 2007, Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., signed into law HB311,...
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