Welcome to BlueLoon Farm!
We are Courtland and Jenny Rocco and a whole bunch of critters living on 46 acres in Wayne County, Ohio. We raise pastured heritage breed layers and “red ranger-type” broilers, grass-fed Jersey beef, and a small (but growing) flock of Tunis sheep (rabbits and pigs to be added later). Our core belief is to preserve genetic diversity in livestock and plant foods by preserving the breeds and varieties.
Our Kickstarter project is to acquire some Jersey cows, attain a Grade B Milk License and set up a Micro Dairy on our farm. We have networked with local artisan cheese makers and have commitments to purchase most of the milk produced. This confirms there is a market for the milk and our Micro Dairy can be an economically viable addition to our farm. With the success of this micro dairy we can grow into our own full fledged creamery in the future. Adding dairy to the farm brings us closer to a self sufficient lifestyle.
This all came about because the organic dairy farm where Courtland works has been sold and all the dairy herd is to be auctioned or sold off. We are here, looking for backers, because of the cows. We have become attached to these sweet Jersey girls and this is our best opportunity to get a few before they are dispersed to other farms. We cannot take them all, but the few we can get will become the basis of our herd in the future, producing milk, heifers and bull calves. The cows are all Registered Jerseys, are of good genetics and have some good years of production in them yet.
The problem is time, the cows are coming soon! We must retrofit our barn to house and feed up to 10 cows, set up our diary parlor and milk house and get the Grade B license before we can sell any milk. That sounds simple but there is a great deal of money and work involved.
We have our organic certification in process to ensure the cows retain their organic status on our pastures, and we can continue to produce certified organic milk.
With your participation in making this campaign successful you help us acquire some cows, form the base of our future herd, and assist in the first step to develop our own creamery, making many more products from the sweet, creamy, lovely Jersey milk.
The list below shows the nuts and bolts and pipes and stuff needed, along with the projected costs.
Thank you so much for helping us save some cows that are our favorites, who have already given so much milk, pretty heifers, and strong bull calves!
- Materials needed for cow barn = $2060
- Materials needed for milk house / parlor = $15,090
- Services needed for trenching water, gas and concrete work = $9,200
- Total project estimated cost = $26,350
We have set our Kickstarter goal to $15,000 and hope to attain and even surpass that level of funding! We, and the girls (cows) thank everyone!
Risks and challenges
All farming is rife with risks and obstacles when you are working with living creatures. Challenges we may face with the animals are stress related, such as disruption to their routine, recovering from the move, adjusting to a new home and loss of the other members of the herd. We plan to make the move and adjustment as calm and quiet as possible, with Courtland constantly reassuring them that all will be ok, and sticking to their milking and feeding schedule. We have a Veterinarian lined up, and several friends with organic dairy farms to help with advice and assistance.
Our time is limited to get the Grade B Dairy License, so we may have to take a loss at the beginning until we can legally sell milk (we can feed it to the chickens, dogs, and use it as fertilizer if need be).
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