uncanny cows

The Self Serve Mineral Bar

mineral bar

When the grass dies back in winter, the cows start munching the hay raised on the farm. A change in forage can mean each cows’ individual vitamin and mineral needs shift. Uncanny creatures, cow have a real nose for their own needs. Put a selection of supplements in front of them and they will choose exactly what is required.

So, we set up a self selecting mineral bar for our ladies. Every day when they come in for milking, the girls can belly up to the bar for a refreshing cocktail of potassium, vitamin B complex and calcium. There’s not a mixologist in town as good as any one of our gals.

(The mineral bar will be a refreshing stop on all our farm tours. If you know your periodic table, the signage will be not seem muddled at all.)

1902 - Family purchased farm

1910 - Leased land to dairy farmer

1987 - Hamill Brothers inherit farm

2002 - Started as a family business

2003 - Started a beef herd, laying hens, and pigs

2004 - Added sheep and attained organic certification of pasture land

2005 - Added dairy herd and began making fresh cheeses like mozzarella

2006 - Built aging caves and began making aged cheeses

2012 - Grid Magazine’s Cheese of the Month (Nov – Full Nettle Jack); Finalist at the Good Food Awards (Toma)

2013 - Won 2 blue ribbons from the American Cheese Society(for Buttercup Brie and Lawrenceville Jack Reserve); Added second cheesemaker

2014 - Broke ground on additional aging space and began process of getting AWA certification for our chickens