What is a goat share?
It is partial ownership of a dairy goat. Owning a dairy goat, or portion of a dairy goat, allows you to benefit from what that animal produces. In Virginia you can drink milk from a goat that you own. By owning a share in a goat, you have a fresh supply of your own goats’ milk to drink and you are allotted a weekly share of fresh, raw (unpasteurized) milk ready for pickup at a designated time.
How does a goat share work?
You, and others along with you, own shares in a goat. You benefit from owning the goat by receiving a portion of the milk the goat produces. As with any animal, goats require care, i.e., feeding, general maintenance and milking. Cedar Springs Farm will board your goat, care for it, milk it, and prepare the milk for you to pickup from the farm. You pay the herdsman for the boarding, care, feeding, and milking of your goat.
How much milk can I expect from one goat share?
One share will provide approximately one gallon of milk for about 33 weeks. Half shares provide approximately a 1/2 gallon for about 33 weeks.
The average lactation for our goats is around 6-8 months (March to November). However, a goat may milk for a shorter or longer period of time. We plan to milk our does for at least eight months. This is rough estimate which may vary.
What if I want more milk than one gallon per week?
Purchase a second, third, or fourth share. You can purchase as many goat shares as needed as long as shares are available.
How much does it cost?
First You Purchase A Share:
$30 for a FULL share
$20 for a HALF share
Boarding/Maintenance Fee: Now that you own a goat share you need to board your goat. Boarding or husbandry costs are $8.00 per week for each full share. The monthly boarding fee is calculated by multiplying the number of shares by the number of weeks in that month. For example, if you purchase a full milk share and your pickup day is Saturday and there are 4 Saturdays in that month, then your boarding fee for that month would be $8 x 4 = $32. (Prices are subject to change, given changes in the price of feed, hay, supplies, labor, etc.) Half shares are $4 per week.
What do I get for my share?
This entitles you to approximately 1 gallon of milk per week; however, since production fluctuates this amount may change slightly throughout the season. Remember, you are purchasing a share of ownership of a particular animal and the amount of milk that animal produces can vary. Half shares will entitle you to approximately a 1/2 gallon per week. We have added 3 new drop off locations this year!
What happens if I go on vacation or business travel and don't pick up milk? Am I still responsible for the boarding fee?
The monthly boarding fee is due whether you pick up your milk, or not, on any given week during the month. I still have to feed, milk, and care for your goat whether you pick up or not. Milk that is not picked up within 24 hours of your designated pick up day will be discarded.
How do I pay my boarding fee?
To avoid any confusion that you are "buying" raw milk the boarding fee should not be paid at time of milk pick-up. Boarding fees must be paid on the first of each month.
How do I get started?
Thoroughly review the information provided about Goat Shares on this page. Request and review the purchase and boarding contract when you come to the farm. Sign the contract and once payment is received you will be the proud owner of a dairy goat share.
What happens if I can no longer use the goat milk?
If you move, buy your own goat or find yourself no longer using goat milk, you may sell your share to the next person on our waiting list, if that opportunity becomes available. Or you may sell your share back to Cedar Springs Farm for $5. You may not sell your shares to a third party. Please note: it is illegal to sell milk in Virginia if you are not a licensed and inspected dairy. Never sell your excess milk.
As a goat share owner, will I have a share in the kids?No, the ownership of all kids will remain with Cedar Springs Farm.