We are located in the Shenandoah Valley, NW of Harrisonburg, Virginia and raise and sell family size Once A Day milk cows which includes Registered small Standard Jersey cows, Jersey crosses (usually registered 1/2 Jersey), Miniature Jersey cows, weanlings, and grass fed beef. This is one of my first favorite cows in this pic. Her name is Blossom and she gave us an A2/A2 little heifer in 2013. She has recently been sold to a lovely family of 6 in Pennsylvania. We are happy for them and for her to have the chance to provide quality food for such a neat family. Thank you Tony and Ann for giving our girl such a wonderful home.
Our passion is to raise family sized Jersey milk cows with grazing genetics, hand-milking size teats, smaller frames/statures that will have 10-15 lactation’s, be true family friends, and provide a sustainable source of wholesome and heart-healthy grass-fed meat, milk, cheese, yogurt, other dairy foods, and wonderful fertilizer for the fields and gardens.
We are breeding for A2 genetics. All of our sires are rated A2/A2. Read my article about A2 milk verses A1 Milk here. Most of our stock is Registered Jersey but we have a variety. We have a total of about 30-40 cows so email us for more info and tell us what you’re looking for. Our for sale page is rarely up to date as we spend more time out at the barn than trying to upload on our “high” speed.
Our Jersey heifer calves are dam raised on REAL milk for a healthier and longer life. Instead of weaning at 5-8 weeks of age, we don’t wean them until at least 16-24 weeks of age (4-6 months). By weaning later, we allow them to properly develop their immune system and rumen so that they can digest the cellulose in the grass. Milk is the perfect source of protein for a calf although industry will tell you that grain is the perfect way.
Weaning our heifers at several months is a lot of work and expense, but they are so much healthier that it is worth it! This commitment along with the fact that our lines come from generations of grazing, allows a well developed rumen so they can be efficient grazers and stay in good condition on forages. We are looking for cows that live a long healthy life and don’t break the bank in grain and vet bills. Not to mention the multiple health benefits from the nutrient dense grass-fed milk and other products a family cow can produce for ones homestead.
Misty Morning Farm rarely uses any drugs. Instead, we give free choice kelp and trace mineral salt, use probiotics and other natural trace minerals, and herbal supplements.
Our cows are BVD, Johnes, TB, and Brucellosis free. Unfortunately, Johnes from which there is NO cure, is very prevalent in Americas dairy cows. I have read up to 85% of our cows carry it and it is one of the main reasons a cow is culled. Johnes is extremely contagious and once it is in your soil, it is very hard to get rid of. However, it takes three years to manifest and accurately test for. We have heard many stories of families who bought a cow only to lose her to this disease.
We avoid genetically modified grains (in fact, we feed very very little grain as ruminants do best on forage and this helps us avoid most of the milk fever, ketosis, and mastitis issues – having healthy foundation stock helps a lot as well. Only our personal milk cow gets a pound of organic and or gmo free alfalfa pellets and grains as a thank you for coming in. All the herd girls and babies are grain free unless using a little grain for training purposes or a couple cups per cow during a very harsh winter for example. We use no bovine growth hormones or any other milk “enhancer”. Misty Morning Farm and the farm we work with, do not breed for top production as is typical for American genetics producing super cows that have continual problems from the high gear they are genetically programed for, but for a healthy family sized cow that will thrive on grazing. Much of our hay is organic, the rest is made from fields that have not been sprayed as a rule.
Although not certified humane (too much paperwork), we follow 95% of their requirements and generally look to the well-being and welfare of our animals.
Oh yes, we also give back scratches We sure do love our cows and they know it!
Please contact us with any other questions.
Since we spend most of our time farming and working off farm and are NOT tech savvy, our pics on our website are woefully out of date. Our Facebook has more recent pics. Come on over and see what is happening. facebook.com/MistyMorningFarmVa
For those who really want to learn from Misty Morning Farm and incorporate our knowledge, we now offer a Consultation Service. Send us a paypal payment or check for $30. That will cover a private 45 minute consult or farm visit and allow you to ask all your questions. If you actually purchase a cow or calf from us, we will refund that money.
We are having MILKING SCHOOL again in the spring of 2014 when you can come and learn what you need to own and care for your cow. We will even cover some simple things to do with all that wonderful milk. Details here. We had a great 2013 Milking School!
We will be speaking about “The Return of The Family Milk Cow” at the Seven Springs PA Mother Earth News Fair in September and the Asheville, NC Mother Earth News fair April 12-13th. See our facebook page for more info.
Adam and Faith
Misty Morning Farm in Virginia