“I would have
What are the costs involved in starting a home dairy?
to say that hard
work and patience
really pays off.”
Shanna Rae: Before we brought home Georgia, Justin built a covered milking stanchion. We purchased a complete milking bucket (milking machine)
and dairy cleaning supplies. All of these things make my milking routine
much easier! We bought Georgia from a local raw milk dairy. Our start-up
costs were around $3,500.
Q: How long did it take to complete the project and get it up
Shanna Rae: After deciding to actually follow through with the crazy dairy-cow idea, we ordered all the supplies, built the stanchion over a weekend, and
picked up Georgia that Monday. We dove right in! I had never milked a cow
in my life!
Q: How do you find your customer base?
Shanna Rae: Our family owns a farm and garden store in Sanford. Most of
our dairy customers are also regular store customers. I started a Facebook
page, Horstmeyer Farm, and blog, Florida Farmstead, to keep customers up
to date with happenings on the farm and hopefully to gain new customers.
Q: What has been the best thing you’ve learned from your
Shanna Rae: I would have to say that hard work and patience really pays off.
We are slowly paying ourselves back on our initial start-up cost and we are
enjoying healthy and fresh eggs, milk, and meat from our animals. I love that
I don’t have to grocery shop for those items.