Why Raw Milk?

Please research both sides of this issue carefully before you make the decision to purchase a share in a cow. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us, and we will direct you as best we can.

A Living Food

Raw milk contains important enzymes that help you assimilate the nutrients in milk. These enzymes are the natural components that cause the milk to sour normally when certain bacteria are present.


Many nutritionists have reported digestive problems associated with processed milk. Pasteurizing milk destroys the living enzymes that are necessary to assimilate the calcium, milk sugars, and milk solids contained in milk. Homogenized milk no longer has fat particles sized as they naturally occur. Raw milk has all these essential enzymes and fat particles intact, assuring digestibility and assimilation.

Milk Quality

Anyone who has tasted the difference between processed milk and fresh raw milk needs no convincing. The full bodied, rich flavor of raw milk speaks for itself.

How Do I Purchase Raw Milk? 

In order to drink fresh milk in Kentucky, each person/family must purchase a share of one of our cows per gallon of milk. The cost of this share is a one time fee of $30.00. Once you own your cow, you will be able to obtain one gallon of milk for each share you own. Your $8.00 per gallon fee pays for the care, maintenance and the milking of your cow. You are entitled to obtain 1 gallon of milk per week for each share you own. You must sign a bill of sale and a contract before you can pick up any milk from your share. We have milk testing equipment on the farm to test our milk for somatic cell counts, bacteria plate counts, and e-coli.

If you have questions regarding our cow boarding program please call us for more details at 317-340-7950 or email us at debbie@rivercottagefarm.net. At this time, we are accepting names on a waiting list. You may sell or trade your shares but we do not give refunds on your shares.

Please understand that the milk that you obtain from your cow can in no way be sold or distributed under any circumstance!


Frequently Asked Questions 


Can you tell me why I should feed my family raw milk?

No! There are many informative books and websites that you can utilize to make this important decision.  It is very important that you examine both sides of the issue and determine the best position for your family. You should visit as many websites as possible, including the Center for Disease Control website and www.realmilk.com.

Why is it so important to only drink raw milk from 100% grass fed cattle? Our goal is to produce the healthiest, best-tasting milk for your family, which includes taking every precaution against food-borne illness. The first and most important precaution we take is to ensure that our cattle are as healthy as possible. The health of ruminants will always be compromised when grain is introduced into the diet. Animals fed inappropriately on dry grain diets suffer from numerous gastrointestinal and other diseases. By definition, then, grain feeding means suffering for the animal. It also can mean suffering for the humans who ingest their meat, eggs, or milk. Grain feeding alters the animals’ intestinal flora, increasing opportunities for the growth of pathogens such as E. coli (in cattle). Grain feeding does this by changing the pH of the lower intestine.  When the intestines are at their proper pH, E. coli will be killed in the lower intestine. But, when it is not,  food-borne illness becomes more likely in humans.

The cows are never kept on a feed lot and have access to pastures and minerals at all times. We do not use chemicals or antibiotics on the cows at any time. Calves are kept with their mothers for as long as possible to allow the calves to suckle, which starts the calves off right. Both the use of grain in the diet and the practice of milking several times each day are methods of forcing the cow to produce more milk than they would naturally.

What do you do to ensure that the cows and the milk are disease free?

Our cows are tested for T.B., Brucellosis, and Johne’s disease. The milk is tested from each teat, at each milking for high somatic cell counts. Your milk is also sampled monthly for somatic cell counts, bacteria counts, E. coli, and any other tests our labs feel are appropriate.

Why is it so important to visit the farm where my milk is produced?

You really need to verify that the source of your raw milk is “as advertised”.  It’s so easy to put up a website or blog and say that you are delivering ‘The best raw milk on the planet!’ to your customers. If no one is able to visit the dairy farm which produced the milk, the source could be from anywhere. Here at River Cottage Farms, we love to show visitors our operation.  You can set up an appointment to stop by clicking here

Should I talk my family into drinking raw milk?

You only need to Google raw milk to see how controversial this issue has become. Both sides have resorted to name calling and serious accusations. This is not helpful to anyone. If someone is interested in finding out why you drink raw milk, please present both sides of the issue. Help them to see that you did not make this decision lightly and that you understand that each person must make this decision for his or her own family. In the grand scheme of things this only milk.  Our cows are kept clean and healthy, and our family has consumed unpasteurized dairy products for 25 years without a single issue.  We have had more interns on the farm from more countries than we can count who regularly consumed our milk without ever having had access to raw milk before. We have never had a single person prefer pasteurized milk over raw milk.  That said, decide what’s best for your family.

If I only need one gallon of milk each week, how can I figure out my cost?

If you understand that you are buying a cow rather than purchasing milk, you can easily figure out your costs.  The cow will cost $30.00 for one share and you may order milk, yogurt, buttermilk, ricotta, or cream as needed.  

What if I need more milk, how can I figure my costs?

To figure the costs for more shares, just multiply the above costs by the number of shares you will need.

How do I get more shares?

For more shares, you can email me at debbie@rivercottagefarm.net and your name will be placed on our waiting list.

What happens if I move away or buy my own cow?

River Cottage Farm will not buy shares back, but you can sell them if you find someone interested. However, if our milk supply is tight, we have the right to wait to take on new cow share owners. We will not refund the cost of cow shares.