93 MollyGreen.com | Summer on the Homestead | Summer 2016
QWhat made you want to start a home dairy?
Shanna Rae: About two years ago I
started thinking of having a dairy cow.
It sounded very crazy to even be entertaining the idea of owning one since our
family loves to travel. But knowing exactly where my milk and butter come from
is very important to me. I think it’s just
something God placed in my heart—a
Q: Did you grow up on a farm?
Shanna Rae: My brother and I grew up
on acreage, but it was not a full farm. At
different times we would have chickens,
pigs, or rabbits. My grandparents always
had beef cows and I loved playing with
the new calves. I wanted the same thing
for my children.
Q: What animals do you have on
your farm right now?
Shanna Rae: We have chickens, pigs,
nine beef cows, and, of course, Georgia.
Q: What products do you pro-
duce here now that you sell at
the feed store?
Shanna Rae: We sell our raw milk and
fresh eggs. We get about three gallons a
day. We have been selling out of milk for
the last six weeks!
Q: Is it time to add another dairy
Shanna Rae: I think we will definitely
consider it in another few months.
Q: What do you see as your
Shanna Rae: Our vision for the farm
is to be self-sustaining for us and other
people. We have been consistently building pens, coops, and fencing in pasture,
along with buying new animals. When
those animals reproduce, we hope to not
have a need to buy more.
[At this point, Justin jumped into the
conversation, just before grabbing his
coffee and a cookie and heading off to
Justin: The funny thing is, this was not
our vision at all. Everything just seems
to be falling into place and we can see
the potential of this land. It ties in with
our family feed store business so well.
We already have the connections with
customers; it seems natural to start adding to it. Right now, all the animals are
paying their own way in feed and upkeep
with what we are selling at the store. It’s
allowing us to look ahead at what we can
do next. We have two beef cows that will
be ready for processing in a few weeks
and the meat is already spoken for. We
know there is a demand for farm- raised,
grass-fed beef. So that is our next project
to build on.
Q: How do you integrate your
boys with the farm?
Shanna Rae: Our two sons, Nickolas
and Taylor, take care of the chickens. We
have about twenty right now. Each day
they let them out to free range, and they
gather the eggs, fill the feeders, and package the eggs. The boys also care for any
baby chicks we may have. We incubate
a batch each month and sell them at our