Services of Spirited Rose Farm

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!

FARM OWNERS:

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

BEEF:

  • 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!

PORK:

  • 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,

POULTRY:

  • 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.

ORCHARD FRUIT:

  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Gooseberries
  • Currants
  • Elderberry

We use our fruit for fresh eating (good enzymes!), wine, vinegars, desserts, and as flavors in our homemade ice cream!

VEGETABLE GARDENING:

  • 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!

HERBS:

  • Lavender
  • Mints
  • Lemon Balm
  • Echinacea
  • Feverfew
  • 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

FUTURE GOALS:

  • Hard cider, spiced variety
  • Making essential oils

OUR NEIGHBORS at Greco Farm SPECIALIZE IN:

  • Coffee roasting
  • Forestry
  • Italian-style gardening
  • Beekeeping
  • Garlic
  • Beef and chicken production, grass-fed
  • Root-cellaring and Amish-style canning
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15 thoughts on “Services of Spirited Rose Farm

  1. Hello! Thank you for sharing your knowledge in such a clear and user-friendly manner. Do you currently have any of your cows or calves for sale? How does one go about getting high-quality Jerseys? There are so many places where the quality you have selected is not the case. We would like to build our dairy on the strong shoulders of a really good Jersey line. It’s worth it to us! We recently decided against purchasing three Jerseys who were registered and came from an organic dairy nearby, but it just didn’t feel right. Especially after I saw how productive and beautiful they can be in your photos! We are now committed to make our first cow the best cow we can find and can afford. We’d appreciate your input on how to go about finding an excellent line. Thank you!

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  2. Janine Koffel

    Trying to determine where you’re located to decide whether to submit an entry for your heifer contest. I don’t have a horse trailer, so am hoping you’re fairly close to Ferry County. Thanks!

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  3. I have a Jersey heifer that is due to calve on Mar 28th. She has a huge HUGE udder. The teats are very hard and all udder is distended even sticking out the back where she poops on it. She is docile, this is her first calf. I am concerned about whether I should try to milk her out or just leave her alone until she calves. My husband and I are new to the milk cow raising and have many questions and will appreciate any and all help. Thanks Rose Mary Nipp 918-653-7388

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  4. Hello,
    How does one contact your farm? I cannot find any email address. I would like to find out about buying and transporting a Jersey Heifer calf or a dry cow. I would like to discuss and be advised on how hard is it on a dry cow or a heifer calf to travel hundreds of miles? I have raised a few Jerseys at home but I have never trailered one any distance. In this case I would be going to Bellingham WA. Would it be hard on a new bottle calf, , since she mostly would be laying down, and could be up front in the truck with heat, or would it be easier on a more grown heifer in a trailer? I have raised bottle calves before, so I am OK with buying one, if it makes senseha for you to sell one. What is your experienced with shipping a Jersey and what is the best age and method to move one? Can they go on even longer trips, as far as 1000 miles? My email is schmoonee@gmail.com Thank You, Sam

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    1. Spirited Rose Dairy

      Sam – To join our email list, go to our home page (spiritedrose.wordpress.com) on the left side below our family picture, you should see a button that asks if you want to follow this blog. You can input your information there and email updates will be sent to you whenever we update our blog. Thanks for your interest!

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  5. Syama

    I have a Jersey cow that needs trimming of her front hoofs, but our old vet retired and his successor has no experience. I want to try it myself, but I’m not exactly sure what to take off. Would you mind taking a quick look at a couple of photos I took this afternoon, to give your opinion?

    Syama, Northern California.

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  6. Jeana Dinkelspiel

    Please put us on your email notification list for products you have available. It’s a 3-hour drive from Montana, but we’d make the trip to put 1/2 a pig in the freezer (now would be good :), or for other large purchases. We’ll need breeder pigs in a year or two, and we’d love to see your operation – your goals and methods are what we intend to use on our 26 acre homestead in progress. I have wonderful Marans, Welsummer, Rhode Island Red, and Black and Partridge (Brown Red) Ameraucana flocks, some of them from champion stock, in case those are of help to you.

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