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Cow Shares

Dairy manager washing milk bottles in the dairy

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In Colorado,

The only way to obtain raw milk, besides having your own milk cow, is to buy a share of a dairy herd. What this means is that you purchase a portion of the herd which Rancho del Gallo Dairy owns, pay a monthly boarding fee, and then are able to get a certain amount of milk and/or dairy products from that herd.

Before joining our Cow Share Program, I take everyone on a tour of the dairy to meet the cows and see our complete operation. I want absolute transparency of all our facilities and protocols. Some people even come learn how to milk and bottle just for fun.

One family share will receive 1 gallon of milk per week during the season that the cows are fresh. In other words, there may be times when the cows are not producing as we give them at least 2 months rest before their next calves are due. As the dairy herd grows, we will stagger the breeding of the cows so that there should not be any time when there is no milk, but there may be times when cream, cheese, yogurt, and butter are not available each week.

Specifically, shareholders and I each agree to certain things.

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A shareholder agrees to:

  • Purchase a share of the cow;
  • Pay an annual jar fee;
  • Pay a monthly boarding fee at the first of every month;
  • Pick up your share of the milk each week;
  • Return your jars and lids clean each week.

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Rancho del Gallo Dairy agrees to:

  • Take care of the herd;
  • Meet all the state requirements for health certification of the animals & health standards of the dairy;
  • Notify you by email of any and all changes in herd health, availability of milk, location of herd, etc.
  • Provide a copy of all State of Colorado Health Standards and keep a copy on file in the dairy.

Rules of the dairy

  • Visiting the Dairy

    You are welcome to visit at any time. The cows are milked Monday through Friday around 8:00 in the morning. Please always respect the guidance of Alberto or Edgar for your safety and for the comfort of the cows.

  • Housekeeping

    Each week please return your empty jars, clean and with the labels scrubbed off. Also, please return your lids and rings, again clean. NO rusty or damaged lids, and no writing on them, please. Jars go into the dishwasher racks on the shelves in the store, and lids go into the buckets labelled for them.

  • Schedules

    Please try to pick up your milk on your scheduled day or the next day. If the milk is still in the refrigerator a week later, I will dispose of it.

  • Value Added

    We also make other products for sale at the dairy on a first come/first served basis. These will include yogurt, cheese, butter, and cream weekly depending on the season. Eggs and produce are also available from time to time.

    All these products are available to buy unless they are labelled with someone’s name. Please leave the money for those additional items in the cash box in the store and your monthly boarding fee checks there as well BEFORE the 1st of every month. If you leave cash, please put it in an envelope and clearly mark your name and what the money is for.

PDFs

Current Pricing

  • 1 Cow Share $50/year
  • Monthly Boarding Fee $50/month
  • Annual Jar Fee $30

I am happy to TRY to make adjustments to your milk delivery days if need be. People often are out of town and suspend their milk for that time, which I am happy to do for now. However, as the dairy grows and we take on more shareholders, this may not always be possible.