In Texas, we cannot legally sell raw milk unless to youunless you own part of our herd through a herdshare agreement, or we set up a Grade A dairy ($$$). Buying a herdshare is MUCH less complicated than buying a farm or even just a cow and is a great way to secure raw milk for your family.
A successful herdhare is a partnership in which both parties have responsibilities.
Our Role is to manage our dairy herd for their best health and well-being and to have routine SPC and Cloriform testing done on our herd.
Standard Plate Count (SPC): The SPC is an estimate of the total number of viable aerobic bacteria present in raw milk.
Coliform detection in milk is usually an indication of poor plant hygiene. We communicate the results of these tests to our members.
In short- Sign a couple of documents and pay the hershare purchase price and monthly maintenance fees and be available for milk deliveries as agreed.
These documents have been drafted specifically for our farm by attorneys at the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, which exists for the sole purpose of helping farmers and consumers interact legally. The “legalese” may look complex, even excessive, but it is not there to keep you in the dark. Rather, it’s necessary to make sure you can enjoy safe, healthy, farm-fresh food without violating state or federal law.
We are always happy to answer questions but here’s a bit of a summary of each document and what it does
First- Become an owner by purchasing your interest in the herd
The Bovine Bill of Sale Document specifies that you pay $75.00 once per share, and thus purchase an undivided interest in the Big Stars Farm dairy cattle herd (and the milk it produces). The contract stipulates that, at any time, if you wish to sell your share back to us, we will buy it.In return for one share you will receive 1/2 gallon - 1 gallon of fresh raw milk weekly/ The amount varies according to the production each week.
Bovine Agister Agreement
This agreement lays out your monthly maintenance cost of your herdshare and also goes into detail on how our dairy herd will be managed.Basically, it is all the meat and potatoes and we encourage you to read it fully and ask questions on anything you would like clarified.
In short: You agree to pay your monthly herd maintenance and pic up your milk as agreed and we agree to care for, feed and milk the herd and to provide a herd report once a month.