Spirited Rose is named such for our first homestead cow “Proud Rose” who is so lively she dances around in a “spirited” manner. Rose has six daughters, numerous granddaughters and great-granddaughters and she is alive and well at 13 years old and counting! She scored Ex. 90 again at age 11-1, has 8 lactations on DHIA and another 3 beyond that. Rose is the foundation of our herd and the epitome of our breeding program. Her daughter Rosebud, age 11, Ex 91, is our second-in-command. 🙂
We specialize in breeding Jersey cows with:
- High Components (Above 5.0% butterfat and 4.0% protein)
- Traditional, hearty conformation (Our mature cows average over 90 points on appraisal)
- Calving ease (our goal is to never have to pull a calf!)
- Ability to milk on pasture/good hay with little or no grain
We work to avoid the use of any synthetic chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, etc.). We dig up the roots of weeds, control manure and water to limit insects, and have two excellent cats, who eat rodents of all kinds. Our feed is unsprayed and non-GMO as best we can find it. We encourage you to look for safer feeds to buy as well, because the more we buy safe, healthy feeds, the more farmers will produce it!
Jay Lancaster –
- Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, Washington State University
- Educational endorsement in agricultural education, WSU
- Over 50 years in the dairy industry (Guernsey and Jersey)
- Over 25 years as a 4-H leader
- Nationally recognized dairy judge (all breeds)
Michelle Lancaster –
- Artisan Cheesemaker
- Graduated from WSU Cheesemaking Short course in 2009
- Worked for Chapel’s Country Creamery making blue cheese, feta, and cream-top yogurts: www.chapelscountrycreamery.com
- Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Studies, Western Washington University (WWU)
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management, University of Maryland University College (UMUC)
- Homesteader for over 20 years; 13 years in 4-H and FFA;
We are open to the ideas of internships and bartering!
WHAT ELSE WE PRODUCE ON OUR FARM:
DAIRY PRODUCTS (Home use only):
- Quality, pasture-raised milk products (2x per day milking by machine)
- Raw milk, cream, butter, cheese, kefir, yogurt, ice cream, etc.
- Specializing in mozzarella & artisan hard cheese
- Jersey milk fed for 6-8 months, like nature intended, butchered young and tender
- Pasture-raised, access to pasture or hay from day one!
- Never fed grain
- No medications or vaccinations
- As clean of meat as you could find!
- Purebred, registered Mulefoot hog breeding stock – SOLD OUT but we have contacts for others that have our Mulefoot genetics that raise piglets!
- Raised on rotational pastures, allowed to root for goodies in the dirt,
- Heritage rare breed Speckled Sussex chickens
- A variety of blue and brown eggs from our Sussex and Americana hens
- Pasture raised (fresh grass daily) meat chickens and turkeys produced for home use only.
We use our fruit for fresh eating (good enzymes!), wine, vinegars, desserts, and as flavors in our homemade ice cream!
- Adzuki Beans (Lewis and Clark seed stock)
- Golden Flax (organic variety)
- Romaine Lettuce (from Greco Farm)
- Cinderella Pumpkins (from Annie’s Heirloom Seeds)
- Painted Mountain Corn
- Striped Roman Tomatoes
- more each year!
- Lemon Balm
- Always looking for more herbs, and willing to swap stock!
FARM GOALS – Sustainable Farming:
- Working toward timber land certification through the American Tree Farm System
- Aspiring to “higher than industry” standards for forest health and diversification
- Weed control (focusing on knapweed, hounds tongue, and thistle)
- Milking the amount of cows we have pasture feed for!
- Genetic diversity among our animals
- Saving seed for the future and finding crops that thrive in short season, dry climates
- Hard cider, spiced variety
- Making essential oils
OUR NEIGHBORS at Greco Farm SPECIALIZE IN:
- Coffee roasting
- Italian-style gardening
- Beef and chicken production, grass-fed
- Root-cellaring and Amish-style canning