WE HAVE A FEW HEIFER CALVES  EXPECTED TO BE BORN IN DECEMBER 2016 THAT CAN BE RESERVED WITH A DEPOSIT. OUR HERD IS 100% GRASS-FED AND FREE OF TUBERCULOSIS, BRUCELLOSIS, AND JOHNES. 

We have three pregnant, milking A2/A2 registered Guernseys that will be for sale in December 2016. They are all bred with sexed semen, so there is a 90%+ chance that they will have heifer calves. 

 

We raise registered Guernsey cows. Guernseys are known for their golden creamy milk, gentle dispositions, and ability to produce well on pasture. At least 90% of Guernseys produce milk containing the protein A2 beta-casein rather than A1 beta-casein. As factory farming continues to take over the American dairy industry, Guernsey cows have become so few and far between that they are now on the American Livestock Breed Conservancy's watch list. 

THEIR DIET

Our Guernseys have access to pasture at all times, and they obtain most of their food from it. We supplement them with hay and sun-cured alfalfa pellets when needed. We produce 100% grass fed, grain-free milk. Our cows are fed free-choice minerals and kelp.

THEIR JOB ON OUR ECOFARM

Our Guernseys are the largest grazers on our farm. We use their mowing services to trim, maintain, and improve our pastures. Their manure provides fertilizer. 

CALF MANAGEMENT

In contrast to the mainstream dairy industry, we prefer for calves to be raised on whole raw milk. We raise all of our calves on real milk and never use milk replacer. Our calves drink about two gallons of milk each day until they are six months old. Using all this milk on the calves is a tremendous monetary investment, far more expensive than milk replacer and grain, but we think it pays off in the end. Our calves never eat grain and develop a robust gut system so that after they are weaned at six months they thrive on 100% grass, maintaining excellent body condition even when milking at peak lactation. We also notice life-long better health in our milk-raised calves  that are grain-free from birth; they tend to have much less inflammation before and after calving. With less overall inflammation, their udders don't have the excess swelling, weakened ligaments, and broken down udders that's common in grain-fed cows. 

HERD HEALTH

Starting in 2011, all cows in the milking herd have been tested annually for Tuberculosis, Johnes, and Brucellosis (unless they were vaccinated for Brucellosis); they have all tested negative. The average age of our milking herd is over 5 years old, with many cows 8 years old and still very healthy; we emphasize good health and a low-stress life for long-lived cows. 

A2/A2

We genetically tested all our foundation cows for A2 status at the University of California Veterinary Genetics Laboratory. They are all A2/A2. We use only bulls that are listed by the American Guernsey Association as A2/A2. Thus, all calves born are A2/A2. 

 

For sale

Aster

Sunny Knoll VIP Aster

Born: 12/21/2013 Registration#: 78001283

Sire: Abiqua Acres Alstar VIP

Dam: Three Brooks Challenge RuthAnn

Aster with her newborn calf

Aster with her newborn calf

Aster as a bred heifer

Aster as a bred heifer

Aster is shown above with her newborn calf and as a bred heifer. She is a good mother--her calf was born with no assistance and she got the calf up and nursing all by herself. Aster is patient, calm, and gentle; she's easy to milk and easy to handle. Aster is the smallest of all my milking cows and, with her compact frame, she maintains body condition well without grain. Aster was raised on milk and grass and has never been fed grain. Aster is bred with sexed semen (90%+ chance of a heifer calf) to an A2/A2 registered Guernsey bull. She is two years, in her first lactation, and milking around 3 quarts per day (on once a day milking), with about 50% cream. Aster is a second generation 100% grass-fed cow. Her mother RuthAnn is still in my herd at almost 9 years old; she has proven to be a resilient, long-lived, healthy well-behaved cow with good production and lactation persistence. Aster is bred with sexed semen to Paokie Lil Ernie (GUUSA78004779) and due on April 30, 2017. 

Valley

Crown Stone Mint Valley--81

Born: 9/5/2009 Registration#: 68027896

Sire: Spring Walk Sherberts Mint

Dam: Crown Stone Maxie Karen

Valley is a beautiful cow with a dairy build. She has a lovely, sweet personality and is easy to milk and handle. Valley loves to be a mother and will happily nurse her own calves; she also tried to adopt a newborn lamb and successfully convinved a piglet to nurse her (she lay down so the piglet could nurse--I put an end to this by separating them--but she does love to be a mother). She is calm, quiet, and gentle. Valley is bred with sexed semen (90%+ chance of a heifer calf) and due in 2017. She is a very good producer, making 5 gallons a day easily when fresh and is currently milking 2.5 gallons a day mid-lactation (on 100% grass and once a day milking).  Valley is bred with sexed semen to the registered Guernsey A2/A2 bull Paokie Lil Ernie (GUUSA78004779) and due on June 2, 2017. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teddy

Crown Stone Sunrise Teddy, 88 points

Born: 04/30/2008 Registration#: 68023162

Sire: Ripley Farms RC Sunrise

Dam: Crown Stone Icon Keirsten

Teddy is an oustanding cow. She is one of my highest producers, peaking at least 6 gallons a day on once a day milking and 100% grass. She has a strong will to milk, making a gallon a day even after having been in milk for two years. While she is one of my bigger cows, Teddy is very well-mannered. She has excellent conformation and scored 88 points!

I have three of Teddy's heifer calves (Valentina, Tulip, and Tansy). She passes on her excellent conformation, wonderful personality, and high production to her calves. Teddy will be sold bred to a A2/A2 registered Guernsey bull and will be available for sale after she is confirmed pregnant. 

 

Heifer calf expected to be born in December 2016 to Daisy. The calf will be third-generation 100% grass-fed. She can be reserved with a $400 nonrefundable deposit (deposit will be refunded if a bull calf is born instead of a heifer calf or if the calf does not survive). The total purchase price is $2575, which includes being raised on fresh milk until 6 weeks of age. If desired, we can raise her past 6 weeks, on real milk, for an additional fee. The purchase  price includes registration with the American Guernsey Association. 

Heifer calf expected to be born in December 2016 to Aris. The calf will be second-generation 100% grass-fed. She can be reserved with a $400 nonrefundable deposit (deposit will be refunded if a bull calf is born instead of a heifer calf or if the calf does not survive). The total purchase price is $2575, which includes being raised on fresh milk until 6 weeks of age. If desired, we can raise her past 6 weeks, on real milk, for an additional fee. The purchase  price includes registration with the American Guernsey Association. 

Our Cows

Aris

Three Brooks Challenge Aris, 80 pts

Born 5/23/2008. Registration#: 68024206

Sire: Idle Gold E Challenge-ET

Dam: Three Brooks Reward Aniska

Aris loves taking care of calves and is a great mother. She will voluntarily stand still in the middle of the pasture to be hand-milked. She is easy to milk by hand or machine. She is a very steady, consistent producer, peaking at around 3 or 4 gallons a day and then maintaining about 2 gallons a day for the rest of lactation on once-a-day milking. Aris has a strong immune system and is efficient on grass. 

 

RuthAnn

Three Brooks Challenge RuthAnn--83

Born: 3/11/2008 Registration#: 68024202

Sire: Idle Gold Challenge-ET

Dam: Three Brooks Ron Rawanda

RuthAnn is a big, strong cow and a good milk producer. She has excellent conformation and dairy character. RuthAnn is very sweet and good-natured. 

Dill

Three Brooks Daunte Dill, 78 pts

Born: 9/27/2008 Registration#: 68024215

Sire: Oak Knob Legacy Daunte

Dam: Three Brooks JB Daisy

Dill maintains body condition effortlessly on 100% pasture/hay. She reliably produces outstanding milk with particularly deeply golden colored cream. 

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Ariana

Sunny Knoll Ariana

Born: 05/21/2013

Sire: Golden J Ronald Grumpy

Dam: Three Brooks Challenge Aris

Ariana is in her first lactation and bred to calve in 2017. 

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Daisy

Sunny Knoll VIP Daisy

Born: 10/08/2013 Registration#: 78001282

Sire: Abiqua Acres Alstar VIP

Dam: Three Brooks Daunte Dill

Daisy is weaned after drinking milk for six months. She is strong and deep like her mother. Daisy has never been fed grain. 

Valentina

 Sunny Knoll VIP Valentina

Born: 02/15/2014 Registration#: 78001280

Sire: Abiqua Acres Alstar VIP

Dam: Crown Stone Sunrise Teddy

Valentina is a gorgeous calf. Strong show potential. I think she'll be a phenomenal cow. 

 

Violet

Sunny Knoll VIP Violet

Born 9/14/14 Registration #: 78004431

Sire: Abiqua Acres Alstar VIP

Dam: Crown Stone Mint Valley

Tulip

Sunny Knoll V I P  Tulip

Born: 5/5/2015 Registration#: 78006405

Sire: Abiqua Acres Alstar V I P

Dam: Crown Stone Sunrise Teddy

Tulip is a bred heifer due in 2017.

 

 

 

Tina

Sunny Knoll Pistoll Tina

Born: 5/15/16

Sire: Marodore Gary Pistoll ET

Dam: Sunny Knoll V I P Valentina

Tina has been weaned onto 100% grass-fed. 

 

Tansy

Sunny Knoll Lightning Tansy

Born: 7/26/16

Sire: Marodore T Les Lightning-ET

Dam: Crown Stone Sunrise Teddy