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. 

Our goal is to develop a herd of disease-free Guernseys that produce excellent quality milk with no grain. We select for depth and strength in conformation so that our cows will have the gut capacity to thrive on a 100% grass-fed diet. We select for healthy cows that can have long, productive lives. We test our cows regularly to ensure that they are free of Tuberculosis, Brucellosis, and, especially, Johnes. Johnes can devastate a herd and is very difficult to eliminate once it is introduced to a farm. As far as we know, our soils, pastures, and animals are free of Johnes.

We feed no grain and now have third-generation 100% grass-fed cows. 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.  With less inflammation in their udders, the udder attachments are not stressed and their ligaments hold up much better, contributing to a longer-lived cow who has the potential to be productive for many years. 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

Eliana--For Sale--$2500

Born June 10, 2017 to Ariana. Eliana is third-generation 100% grass-fed, A2/A2, and a registered Guernsey. 

Rose is under deposit, pickup pending.

Rose is a heifer calf born December 13, 2016 to Daisy. Rose is third-generation 100% grass-fed, with great rib and a lot of depth and strength, just like her mother and grandmother. Depth and strength are important for grass-fed dairy because it provides the necessary gut capacity to excel on just grass and hay. Both Daisy and her mother Dill maintain body condition and milk well without grain. Rose has the highest body condition score I have ever seen in a newborn calf. Daisy is milking very well at the start of her second lactation producing around 5 gallons a day on once-a-day milking and 100% grass. Rose can be reserved with a $400 nonrefundable deposit. The total purchase price is $3000, which includes being raised on 2 gallons of fresh milk every day until 5 months old. Extended feeding with milk, combined with being on good pasture, provides an outstanding nutritional start and is the foundation for a well-developed, healthy rumen and digestive system. At 5 months old, she can be weaned to 100% grass and forage, thus avoiding ever eating grain. My milking cows that have been raised on milk instead of grain are healthy, long-lived cows, without the inflammatory problems that plague modern dairy cows. With reduced inflammation, they have easier births and fewer post-partum problems. Their udders stay high and well-attached for far longer than the typical grain-fed cow. She has outstanding potential to be a productive, long-lived 100% grass-fed cow. The purchase  price includes registration with the American Guernsey Association. 

Iris is under deposit, pickup pending. 

Iris is a heifer calf born December 2016 to Aris. Iris is second-generation 100% grass-fed, Her mother Aris is a very long-lived cow. She's birthed 7 calves,. Iris has a sister Ariana, who is a successful cow in my milking herd. Aris is currently milking well and perfectly healthy and sprightly with a a well-attached udder at almost 8 years old. Iris can be reserved with a $400 nonrefundable deposit. The total purchase price is $3000, which includes being raised on 2 gallons of fresh milk every day until 5 months old. Extended feeding with milk, combined with being on good pasture, provides an outstanding nutritional start and is the foundation for a well-developed, healthy rumen and digestive system. At 5 months old, she can be weaned to 100% grass and forage, thus avoiding ever eating grain. My milking cows that have been raised on milk instead of grain are healthy, long-lived cows, without the inflammatory problems that plague modern dairy cows. With reduced inflammation, they have easier births and fewer post-partum problems. Their udders stay high and well-attached for far longer than the typical grain-fed cow. She has outstanding potential to be a productive, long-lived 100% grass-fed cow. The purchase  price includes registration with the American Guernsey Association. 

Heifer calves expected to be born in 2017 to various cows, including Dill in May and Ariana in June. They 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). Please contact us for information about pricing on these calves. 

Our Cows (not currently for sale)

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Here's Aris at 9 yrs old. She's aged beautifully and is healthy with a well-attached udder. 

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. Aris has wonderful longevity; she's just birthed her seventh calf and is still spry, healthy, and milking nicely with a well-attached, youthful udder. 

 

RuthAnn as a 9yo, compared to 2yo above. Well-attached udder, healthy, and going strong!

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. 

At 9yo Dill has a healthy udder, good body condition, and is still quite spry. 

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. She is a long-lived cow and still has a very healthy well-attached udder at 9 years old.

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Ariana

Sunny Knoll Ariana

Born: 05/21/2013

Sire: Golden J Ronald Grumpy

Dam: Three Brooks Challenge Aris

Ariana is a robust cow with strong rib who thrives on 100% grass. She has a high, tight udder and lets her milk down really fast, so she is my fastest, easiest cow to milk. She has been very healthy and low-maintenance. 

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Daisy is strong and deep like her mother Dill.

Daisy with a nice high udder in her second lactation.

Daisy--$5000--under deposit--pickup pending

Sunny Knoll VIP Daisy

Born: 10/08/2013 Registration#: 78001282

Sire: Abiqua Acres Alstar VIP

Dam: Three Brooks Daunte Dill

Daisy is strong and deep like her mother. Daisy has never been fed grain. She's just given birth to her second heifer calf. Daisy is a good milker and is built for grass. Daisy milks well and reliably has a calf every year. She is confirmed pregnant to a registered A2/A2 Guernsey bull with sexed semen (90+ percent chance of a heifer calf) and due in late fall. 

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Valentina

 Sunny Knoll VIP Valentina

Born: 02/15/2014 Registration#: 78001280

Sire: Abiqua Acres Alstar VIP

Dam: Crown Stone Sunrise Teddy

Valentina is a lovely cow in her first lactation, our first daughter from Teddy. She is milking well, had a lovely personality, and a beautiful well-attached udder. This picture does not do her justice. I am hoping to have her scored soon. She has outstanding conformation. Her udder is gorgeous, and she produces 6 gallons a day on once-a-day milking without grain. Valentina's udder is shown here, one day after calving in her second lactation; her udder is shown before and after milking. Her udder is all milk and no inflammation, which is very unusual to see one day postpartum. As a second-generation 100% grass-fed cows, Valentina has never eaten grain and has amazingly little inflammation. Low inflammation means few health problems, low-maintenance, a youthful udder, and a long-lived cow. Spectacular cow!

 

Violet as a yearling

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Violet in her first lactation

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 as a calf with her furry winter coat.

Tina as a yearling

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

Tansy, Teddy's third daughter, is headed to the Loudoun County Fair in 2017.