Dairy Herdshare


A herdshare is like boarding your family milk cow at someone else’s farm. Milk is not sold; instead, members buy into the herd and pay a monthly maintenance fee in exchange for a share of the yield. Find details about joining below. Shareholders’ milk is available for pickup once a week.

The herdshare is seasonal, meaning that during some months, there won’t be fresh milk. During those months, shareholders won’t be charged maintenance fees.

We pursue milk quality through herd management practices, rigorous cleaning practices, and on-farm testing.

Any questions, want to try a sample, or want to come for a visit? Please get in touch by email: robert@lakeroad.farm.


To join, email me at robert@lakeroad.farm. We’ll get the documents below signed and arrange start date, pickup location, billing.

These documents constitute the legal basis of your membership in the herdshare. (They were prepared by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.)

One share in the herd entitles its owner to one gallon of milk per week.


Joining the herdshare costs $50. This will be refunded when you’re done participating in the herdshare.

As a shareholder, you’ll receive one gallon per week and be charged $50 per month per share.

Cost Amount Description
Share Purchase $50, one-time, refundable Buy into the herd. When you’re finished, the farm will buy back your share.
Boarding Fee $50 per month Pays for caring for your share of the herd, along with harvesting and distributing your milk. (One gallon per week)
Bottle Replacement $6, as needed Your share purchase serves as a deposit on 4 half-gallon mason jars. If one is lost or broken in your care, the farm can replace it for this price.


Your milk will be available for pickup at the farm each week.

Your milk will be bottled in half-gallon mason jars. Wash last week’s bottles and return them when picking up milk. If you don’t return a bottle in time for your next pickup, there won’t be milk waiting for you.

All bottles are sanitized before refilling.

The Milk

Producing excellent milk is a top priority at Lake Road Farm. We pursue this through:

Each cow is milked once per day, resulting in a higher butterfat and protein content than twice-a-day milking. Then, the milk is rapidly chilled in the bulk tank.

The Herd

Our cows came from Meadow Creek Dairy, a grass-based cheese dairy in Galax, VA.

They are a mix of New Zealand Jersey and New Zealand Friesian.

In 2024, we plan to dam-raise calves for 12 weeks before weaning.

The Season

The herd is managed seasonally, so there won’t be fresh milk during some months of the year. Our plan is to milk during seasons when the grass is green and growing, producing the best milk – roughly March to December. The next planned dry period is January to March 2026.