Claravale Farm

Owner:Ron Garthwaite & Collette Cassidy

This is high quality, Jersey milk. Claravale Farm milk comes from Jersey cows, it is natural, unprocessed, unadulturated, nutritious raw milk. Often sold the day it comes out of the cow and is never more than a few days old.


This breed is world renowned for the quality of its milk, which contains higher concentrations of proteins, solids, butterfat, and beta-caroteen than other breeds. Milk sold in supermarkets comes mostly from Holsteins, which produce larger quantities of more watery milk. Due to their breeding, Holstein milk also contains higher levels of Bovine Growth Hormone than Jersey milk.


They bottle and market the milk themselves, so they have control over every step of the process. This allows for a quality product which can be quickly delivered. Most other producers sell their milk to cooperatives who sell it to processors who sell it to distributors who sell it to markets who sell it to you. Milk from other producers goes through many hands before you get it and is distributed over large areas.


60 acres in Panoche


The Panoche house is in middle of nowhere, and was at one point, the old town of Panoche. The post office is now a guest room and other buildings on the property are the old fire station, an inn, a saloon and a blacksmith. Even the horse trough remains. The property was surrounded by range cattle in the days when the town was operating. The house was occupied by the Lawyer and Bird sisters before them. J. Edgar Hoover was a mining engineer before he was president and visited the Byrd sisters on his way to the capitol. A visit to this historical piece of land can provide visitors with a real sense of small scale dairying.

Pest Management:

Use of antibiotics and antiworm medicine when necessary but not prophylactically. Pasture resting.

Water Use:

Using a combination of pasture feeding and grain and hay feeding reduces the need for intense irrigation just to have cows purely pasture fed, which isn’t the traditional choice for raising dairy cows.

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