Agrinomics

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Why pay this guy $15 for a gallon of milk when you can go to Wal-Mart and grab a Great Value jug for just $2.89? Truth is you need his raw – not pasteurized, not homogenized – goat’s milk more than he needs your money.

My Houston Farmers’ Market buddie, Bob Stryk http://texascheese.com/ and I were the two Raw Milk vendors at the market, until a knucklehead board member turned us in to the Texas Department of Health. Even though we were both visited monthly by Vince, the State inspector, our grade “A’ raw dairy license was limited to on-the-farm sales. My farm to market trip was fifty miles up the Southwest freeway. Bob’s sixty head of Jerseys grazed on his 310-acre farm 8 miles past Schulenburg, a 100 miles west out I-10.

BOB STRYKAfter our eviction, I bailed and shortly thereafter moved to China, while Bob relied on ‘drops’ at friendly driveways in Katy and Sugarland. At the market we charged $10/gal. Today, Stryk’s at the farm price was listed at $7.50/gal. That’s fresh raw Jersey cow milk, not pasteurized, not homogenized, pure not-adulterated, 100% digestible nutrient dense butter, cream, yogurt, milk and cheese.

organic pasturesThe raw milk movement (the largest form of  civil disobedience in America) is led by Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures in Fresno, California. Raw milk can be purchased legally on the farm and more importantly in stores. Organic Pastures’s raw milk, butter, kefir, cheddar, cream, and yogurt is available in over 200 stores in the Bay area alone, including Whole Foods. Brace yourselves, the fresh grass-fed 100% organic milk goes for $12.00/gal.     

Why pay the guy at the top $15for a gallon of milk? He’s selling raw goat’s milk the closest thing to mothers’ milk – any species of mammal, save Flipper the  dolphin, can thrive and survive on goat’s milk – but works harder than Stryk and McAfee. Their cows have four teats pumping out 8-10 gallons a day versus two teats and one gallon for the goat.

 

3 thoughts on “Agrinomics”

    1. Tara: Finding a source of raw dairy products is akin to looking for moonshine during prohibition. Texas is unique in the fact that the Texas Department of Health inspects and registered their licensed grade ‘A’ raw dairies. The customer dilemma is trekking out in the countryside looking for these safe, clean and sanitary stills because it’s against the law to sell off the farm. Someday, the raw milk movement in California, led by Mark McAfee’s Organic Pastures http://www.organicpastures.com/home will raise all levels of consciousness to retail raw dairy. Until Whole Foods Texas imitates Whole Foods California it’s the ‘speakeasy’ in the city or the ‘still’ in the country.

      Anala Goat Company got our license in March 2003, Proverbs Farm, Alvin, Water Oak (goat) in Bryan and Stryk (cow) are the only dairies left on the Texas DSHS http://www.dshs.texas.gov/ list. Unfortunately the two goat dairies Proverbs and Wateroak have called it quits. I sold our farm in 2007 and most probably was put on the TX DSHS closed list on their 2008-2010 report. The current grade ‘A’ raw dairy list of 85 has 25 closed and 15 null (walking dead). Most of the fallen dairies are mom and pop goat’s milk producers who can’t remain viable or sustainable primarily because they need the Texas DSHS legitimization to assure themselves as well as their customers of a quality product. The on-the-farm sales restriction makes it all but impossible for the dairy goat farmer to make any money. Anala grossed $200-300 a week selling only on our farm, 50 miles outside of Houston. Taking the milk, kefir and cheese to eight farmers’ markets inside Houston, brought home $4,000 a week.

      So, Tara, the answer to your question is NO! Long removed from the Houston raw dairy scene by time and geography, I can’t even tell you where to find raw goats milk. My only suggestion is to contact Stacey Roussell of All We Need Farms in Needville. https://www.facebook.com/allweneedfarm and http://www.allweneedfarms.com/ A visit to her farm is a must for the model sustainable family farm.

      Thank for asking, I never would have known how bad the situation is, until I took a look.

      DSHS Current/Closed/Expired Raw Dairies Inspected March 2014 – March 2016
      * sorted by City in ascending order
      Name Location Permit Status
      1) Pereira Pastures Creamery 18024 N CR 2700 Abernathy, TX 79311 Current 08/31/2017
      2) Proverbs Farm & Dairy 12403 County Rd 280 Alvin, TX 77511 Closed 08/31/2014
      3) Hidden Valley Dairy 402 Old Justin Rd Argyle, TX 76226 Closed 08/31/2016
      4) Ash Acres Dairy 5898 Dice Grove Rd Belton, TX 76513 Current 08/31/2016
      5) |2| Acres 1584 VZ CR 4909 Ben Wheeler, TX 75754 Closed 08/31/2016
      6) Trimble Dairy 9716 FM 1795 Big Sandy, TX 75755 Current 08/31/2016
      7) Zenubi Creek Farm 11033 CR 574 Blue Ridge, TX 75424 Null 11/06/2014
      8) All Swiss Enterprises LLC 1674 Cuba Rd Bridgeport, TX 76426 Current 08/31/2017
      9) Wateroak Farm 8187 Wateroak Ln Bryan, TX 77808 Closed 08/31/2016
      10) Ma Bella Dairy 22652 Cherokee Ln Bullard, TX 75757 Closed 08/31/2016
      11) Triple F Farms 9416 W 855 Bullard, TX 75757 Closed 08/31/2014
      12) Campbell’s Classic Dairy 1637 CR 312 Cleburne, TX 76031 Closed 08/31/2015
      13) Sand Creek Farm 1552 CR 267 Cameron, TX 76520 Current 08/31/2016
      14) Truckin’ Blues 258 PR3829 Clarksville, TX 75426 Null 11/06/2014
      15) All-Natur-L 5722 CR 209 Cleburne, TX 76031 Current 08/31/2017
      16) Little Dairy on the Prairie 316 CR 2293 Cleveland, TX 77327 Null 11/06/2014
      17) Lonesome Doe Nubians 550 Dogwood Rd Cleveland, TX 77327 Null 11/06/2014
      18) R & C Dairy 40 Crossroads Rd Collinsville, TX 76233 Current 08/31/2016
      19) Calico Dairy 9950 League Line Rd Conroe, TX 77304 Current 08/31/2017
      20) Hilltop Farm 1576 Hwy 19 S Crockett, TX 75835 Null 11/06/2014
      21) Green Acres Goat Farm 6263 CR 602 Dayton, TX 77535 Null 11/06/2014
      22) Diamond B Cattle Company 974 Hlavek Rd Decatur, TX 76234 Current 08/31/2016
      23) Veldhuizen Family Farm 425 PR 1169 Dublin, TX 76446 Current 08/31/2017
      24) Valenta Jersey Farm LLC 4652 CR 303 El Campo, TX 77437 Current 08/31/2016
      25) Youngs Prairie Dairy 356 Youngs Prairie Rd Elgin, TX 78621 Current 08/31/2017
      26) P & E Farms 765 RSCR 3410 Emory, TX 75440 Current 08/31/2016
      27) Springville Farms 2296 W FM 2795 Emory, TX 75440 Current 08/31/2016
      28) Latte Da Dairy 1304 Bridle Bit Rd Flower Mound, TX 75022 Current 08/31/2016
      29) Dry Valley Dairy 100 Dry Valley Rd Forestburg, TX 76239 Current 08/31/2016
      30) Yellow Rose Dairy (RR-COW) Rt 1 Forestburg, TX 76239 Closed 12/11/2015
      31) Homestead Farms LLC 4160 Kelle Hicks Rd Fort Worth, TX 76244 Closed 10/07/2015
      32) Little Dub Farm 4901 Kelly Rd Fort Worth, TX 76126 Closed 08/31/2015
      33) Liere Dairy 417 Liere Ln Franklin, TX 77856 Closed 12/16/2014
      34) Better Way Dairy 163 CR 297 Gainesville, TX 76240 Closed 08/31/2014
      35) Circle N Family Dairy LLC 2074 CR 446 Gainesville, TX 76240 Current 08/31/2017
      36) Spring Creek Farms 5455 S I35 Gainesville, TX 76240 Current 08/31/2016
      37) Dyer Dairy 7801 E Hwy 29 Georgetown, TX 78626 Current 08/31/2017
      38) Rosey Ridge Farm 175 HCR 4415 Grandview, TX 76050 Expired 08/31/2014
      39) Utterly Divine Dairy 8377 E FM 916 Grandview, TX 76050 Closed 12/11/2015
      40) Clementine’s Dairy 2238 County Rd 1081 Greenville, TX 75401 Current 08/31/2016
      41) True Fields I-10 S Service Road West Hallsville, TX 75650 Null 11/06/2014
      42) Fair Meadow Farm 226 CR 3819 Hawkins, TX 75765 Closed 08/31/2014
      43) Liberty Farms Dairy 287 CR 2495 Hico, TX 76457 Current 08/31/2017
      44) D-S Steubing Dairy 2034 CR 532 Hondo, TX 78861 Current 08/31/2016
      45) Phill Riggs 15 Joe Werner Way Huntsville, TX 77340 Null 11/06/2014
      46) Gholson Farms Inc 402 N FM 369 Iowa Park, TX 76367 Closed 08/31/2015
      47) Buttercup Farms 975 County Rd 4106 Jacksonville, TX 75766 Expired 08/31/2015
      48) Trail Creek Dairy Trail Creek Dairy Rt 2 Box 59 Closed 12/11/2015
      49) Full Quiver Farms 6238 FM 3396 Kemp, TX 75143 Current 08/31/2017
      50) Twelve Gates 6330 Gander Slough Rd Kingsbury, TX 78638 Null 11/06/2014
      51) Bradley Farm 1046 BCR 111 Lampasas, TX 76550 Closed 12/11/2015
      52) Miller Farms 12730 FM 471 S La Coste, TX 78039 Current 08/31/2016
      53) 101 Ranchita Dairy Goats LLC 7538 FM 609 La Grange, TX 78945 Closed 08/31/2015 NA
      54) The Jersey Barnyard 3117 Hwy 159 La Grange, TX 78945 Current 08/31/2017
      55) Keechi Creek Dairy LLC 316 6057 CR 106 Leona, TX 75850 Current 08/31/2017
      56) Crystal Creek Farms 810 S Frontage Rd Lorena, TX 76655 Closed 10/05/2015
      57) Flatlander Dairy (RR-COW) Rt 2 Box 99B Lubbock, TX 79415 Closed 12/11/2015
      58) Cole’s Creamery 2065 RR 1723 Mason, TX 76856 Current 08/31/2016
      59) Rose of Sharon Acres 3907 CR 1202 N Maud, TX 75567 Null 11/06/2014
      60) Mill-King Genetics 0 1410 Coyote Ln McGregor, TX 76657 Current 08/31/2016
      61) Edens Lilly 5579 Rancho Tuluca Rd Mercedes, TX 78570 Current 08/31/2016
      62) Happy Feet Farm 2701 CR 140 Midland, TX 79707 Null 11/06/2014
      63) Coursey Family Farm 6424 S FM 113 Millsap, TX 76066 Current 08/31/2016
      64) Lindley Organic Farm 3452 FM 49 Mineola, TX 75773 Closed 08/31/2014
      65) The Waldo Way LLC 395 County Rd 2482 Mineola, TX 75773 Current 08/31/2017
      66) Four E Dairy Inc 784 County Road 251 Moulton, TX 77975 Current 08/31/2016
      67) Ragels Ziegenhof 2850 Bunker St New Braunfels, TX 78130 Null 11/06/2014
      68) K-Bar Dairy 237 CR 3389 Paradise, TX 76073 Current 08/31/2017
      69) Lavon Farms 3721 N Jupiter Rd Plano, TX 75074 Current 08/31/2017
      71) Mountain Spring Dairy General Delivery Rockwall, TX 75087 Closed 12/11/2015
      72) Elkmeadows Dairy Goats 317 Willowbrook Ln Royse City, TX 75189 Null 11/06/2014
      73) Able Oaks Ranch Rusk, TX 75785 Null 11/06/2014
      74) El Camino De Las Cabras 13466 Door Key Rd San Angelo, TX 76904 Current 08/31/2016
      75) Healthy Way Dairy 15525 Cedar Santa Fe, TX 77517 Current 08/31/2016
      76) Stryk Jersey Farm 629 Krenek Stryk Rd Schulenburg, TX 78956 Current 08/31/2017
      77) Raw Jesus Foods LLC 12061 FM 466 Seguin, TX 78155 Current 08/31/2017
      78) Doeland Dairy 107 Wagon Wheel Dr Spring Branch, TX 78070 Current 08/31/2016
      79) Acrea Hills Farm LLC 977 CR 150 Stephenville, TX 76401 Closed 08/31/2016
      80) Gramen Farm 20158 Bauer Hockley Rd Tomball, TX 77377 Current 08/31/2016
      81) Tule Creek Nubians Dairy 1750 CR 16 Tulia, TX 79088 Null 08/04/2015
      82) Cream Top Dairy LLC 2423 Sister Grove Rd Van Alstyne, TX 75495 Current 08/31/2016
      83) Triple S Dairy LLC 240 Windmill Ln Waco, TX 76705 Current 08/31/2016
      84) World Hunger Relief Inc 483303 356 Spring Lake Rd Waco, TX 76705 Current 08/31/2016
      85) Stockton 5 Dairy 113 McKinzie Ln Weatherford, TX 76087 Closed 08/31/2015
      86) Restless Prairie Farm 383 Soaring Eagle Trail Wichita Falls, TX 76310 Current 01/06/2015
      87) Pure Milk Farms 22456 Vincent Rd Winnie, TX 77665 Closed 08/31/2014

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