RAW DAIRY

moonshine-stillTara: 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 registers their licensed grade ‘A’ raw dairies. The customers’ dilemma is being forced to trek out to the countryside looking for these safe, clean, sanitary and state inspected ‘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 legalize retail raw dairy. Until Whole Foods Texas, imitates Whole Foods California, it’s the ‘speakeasy’ in the city or the ‘still’ in the country.

JLD_0005Anala Goat Company got our license in March 2003, Proverbs Farm, (goat) Alvin, Water Oak (goat) in Bryan and Stryk (cow) are the only dairies left on the Texas DSHS http://www.dshs.texas.gov/ 2014-2016 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.

However, 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.

organic pasturesSo, Tara, the answer to your question is NO! We no longer have any goats to milk and therefore no grade ‘A’ raw goat’s milk, kefir, feta and chevre to sell. 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 of a sustainable family farm.

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

ProhibitionDSHS Current/Closed/Expired Raw Dairies Inspected March 2014 – March 2016 * sorted by City in ascending order

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
water-oak9) 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
inside-the-shop-with23) Veldhuizen Family Farm 425 PR 1169 Dublin, TX 76446 Current 08/31/2017 Picture: Daughter Chelsea inside cheese shop
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

circle-owner farmMy Dad started this dairy in 1967 and we have continued the proud tradition and heritage of having a true “family farm”.  Now my wife, Michelle along with our youngest of three sons Kevin are helping make “Neu Tradition” a wonderful reality.
35) Circle N Family Dairy LLC 2074 CR 446 Gainesville, TX 76240 Current 08/31/2017 Picture: Tommy & Michelle Neu
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

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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
header58) 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
BOB STRYK76) Stryk Jersey Farm 629 Krenek Stryk Rd Schulenburg, TX 78956 Current 08/31/2017 Picture: Bob Stryk the cheese-maker
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

2 thoughts on “RAW DAIRY”

  1. Tule Creek Dairy is up and running, but under a pasteurized license. We opted to go retail, and instead of paying for 5 licenses we went pasteurized only in order to do milk and cheese.

    1. Carey: I hear you. Until Texas supports raw dairy like California, a grade ‘A’ Raw Dairy license will not survive. People can’t tell the difference in the milk and cheese because it’s still far better than anything in the store. I made 185 degree ricotta in my demo class and the students thought it was fantastic. Here in Turkey I can buy raw cow and goat milk at the street markets but kefiring store bought pasteurized cow milk gets the job done with little effort.

      Thanks for the feedback.

      teg

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