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

Aster

Aster is offered for sale at $2995. UNDER DEPOSIT, pickup pending.

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 old, in her first lactation, and milking around 3 quarts per day (on once a day milking), with about 50% cream. Aster has three working teats (her right front teat does not make milk). 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 (scroll down to see a picture of RuthAnn). Aster is bred with sexed semen to Paokie Lil Ernie (GUUSA78004779) and due on April 30, 2017. 

Valley

Valley is offered for sale at $2000.

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 would do a good job raising her calf. 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 has two working teats (one front and one back). Valley is bred with sexed semen to the registered Guernsey A2/A2 bull Paokie Lil Ernie (GUUSA78004779) and due on June 2, 2017. Scroll down to see pictures of Valley's daughter, Violet, who just came fresh in my milking herd as a two-year-old. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teddy

Teddy will be offered for sale at $2000 once she is confirmed pregnant.  

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 and in the past has made over 6 gallons a day on once a day milking and 100% grass.  Teddy has only two working teats now (left front and left rear) but still is making two gallons of milk a day on once-a-day milking. 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. Teddy might be pregnant to an A2/A2 registered Guernsey bull with sexed semen (90%+ chance of a heifer calf). If she is not pregnant, she will be bred again and will be available once she is confirmed pregnant. Scroll down to see pictures of her three daughters (Valentina, Tulip, and Tansy) and her grand-daughter (Tina). 

 

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 $2500, 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. 

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 live calves, 5 of them heifers. 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 $2500, 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 calves expected to be born in 2017 to various cows. 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). The total purchase price is $2500, 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 (not currently for sale)

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 udder. 

 

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 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. 

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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. 

 

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

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