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Dear Herdshare Owners,
Thank you for your support for our farm and your participation in the herdshare. We have truly enjoyed providing fresh milk to your family and have had many beneficial experiences and relationships in this enterprise over the last four-plus years. While the dairy has been operating in the black, the local market here in rural Virginia has not supported building the business into any kind of significant income for our family. We regret to inform you that we will be shutting down the herdshare as of the end of the first week of December 2017.
The purpose of this letter is to provide 30 days’ notice under the provisions of our boarding agreement (“Bovine Agistment”), that Rehoboth Farm will be terminating that agreement as of December 8th, 2017. Your invoice from early October was for November boarding, and you will receive one more invoice prorated for one week's boarding and delivery in December. Deliveries will continue through Friday, December 8th.
We are still offering our beef by the pound. And we have turkeys that are unspoken-for that will be ready the week before Thanksgiving. Pork will be available in December. Please contact us if you are interested.
Thank you for your loyal business and encouragement. We regret any inconvenience. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Dan and Kimberly Smythe and family
Owners, Rehoboth Farm
We are working out the logistics to begin service to Boone, NC and Mountain City, TN through a new drop point in Damascus, VA.
To comply with VA and NC regulations, we will deliver in VA, but herdshare owners can pick up their milk to transport home, or owners can work together to co-op the pickup on a rotational basis.
We will keep you posted in the next few weeks.
In the interest of providing a better value to our herdshare owners, we would like to announce that we will be milking and delivering to drop points through this winter with no dry-off break.
We are accomplishing this by staggering the breeding/freshening cycles of the herd, stockpiling extra hay, and augmenting the herd's feed with supplements like high-protein alfalfa hay and nutrient-rich beet pulp.
We hope everyone has a fun and safe MEMORIAL DAY weekend!
For the Memorial Day holiday there will be a two adjustments to the delivery schedule:
- Deliveries to Wytheville, Blacksburg, and Christiansburg will occur the following day on Tuesday, May 27th.
- Delivery to Bristol will still be on Memorial Day, but not till noon.
Please do something this weekend to honor the memory of our fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.
We have re-evaluated the distribution of extra milk and have decided to go to a more liberal approach:
Extra milk is now available at delivery points on a first-come-first-served basis...Owners may take as many bottles of milk marked with an 'X' on the lid (as e'X'tra) that can be consumed in their home, or by their household.
Please see full details at: Delivery Point Protocols
Over the last few weeks Chutney, Maple and Suzie calved.
Holly is our last one for now and she is due any day.
And then Jasmine is due in June.
Please check out the new page describing herdshare Delivery Point Protocols that will help us all preserve the flavor, freshness and quality of your milk.
In addition the protocols describe how any excess milk production will be distributed to the owners.
Announcing the Rehoboth Farm Herdshare referral program!
Now is a great time for existing herdshare owners to extend the joy of raw milk to friends and family:
Every successful referral that results in a new owner joining our herdshare will earn the referring owner a credit of one month's boarding fee for each new share initially purchased. That is a $40 value per new share.
No limit on referral bonuses or on the number of new member referrals.
So this means if you refer six new owners who each initially purchase two shares, you will receive one year's boarding for one share for free!
Please download this flyer which is appropriate for printing and posting on a church or community bulletin board, or for forwarding by email to friends and family. To get credit for the referral just have the new member provide us your name when they join.
Herdshare owners, please check your email inbox for a recent notification on milk deliveries resuming this week and confirming your drop point.
I want to make sure these updates are being received, since some email reader programs may be filtering these messages out. We use the MailChimp mailing list service.
Penny, who is half Milking Shorthorn and half Jersey and is a first-time mom, delivered her calf on Satuday, March 8th.