DEAR NEW FARM:
I am a small organic cheese maker, and I would like to know
more about homeopathic remedies for small ruminants. Do you
know a place to visit? To take classes?
Thanks a lot,
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFANY)
lists a number of homeopathic veterinarians, books, and other
resources at http://nofany.org/certification/dairysources.htm.
The Maine Organic Farming and Gardening Association (MOFGA)
has also put together an excellent page, MOFGA Reviewed Organic
Livestock Health Practices, Products and Ingredients www.mofga.org/tech_larl.html,
which lists organically accepted treatments under the National
Organic Program, including homeopathic remedies.
Additionally, NOFA, MOFGA and other like regional organizations
that support organic farmers often host workshops at annual
conferences and field days covering homeopathic treatment
The Northeast Organic Dairy Producers’ Alliance has
a web site that features a section on holistic veterinary
Even though it’s a dairy cow web site, the articles
are broad enough to provide some help.
We searched the ATTRA web site and found a ranch in Colorado,
el Rancho del Cielo, that offers apprenticeships that the
owners say will provide educational opportunities for “goat
husbandry, homeopathic remedies, cheese making, off-grid living
and much more.” You can contact Dave Prather and Denise
Bohemier at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
There’s also a book available to order through our
online bookstore called Complete
Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable. By Juliette De Bairacli-Levy,
the book is in its fourth edition, and gets rave reviews from
Amazon readers. It focuses on natural management of livestock,
and herbal remedies for health problems. To check it out on
our store, click
Finally, there are dozens of organizations around the country
that serve the needs of goat and sheep farmers. We feature
of organizations and web sites for meat goat farmers in
this issue of New Farm, and there are similar support organizations
and web sites for dairy sheep and dairy farmers. Some of them
surely have information on holistic management of the herd.
And be sure to check out our two-part series on an organic
goat cheese operation in California:
California goat cheese, Part I
individual ... goat, that is
California goat dairy Redwood Hill proves you can increase
herd size without sacrificing management standards. The
first of two parts on this successful goat cheese operation.
California goat cheese, Part II
Endless experimentation and a restless search for new and
Part 2: Redwood Hill goat dairy made a name for itself in
the 80s. Despite warnings from the Milk Advisory Board that
the niche was filled, newcomer Capricious Cheese established
its own unique reputation. This is the story of two very
different goat dairies who found direct-marketing success
with meticulous management and distinctive products.
us with comments, suggestions and questions.