Farm Practices

We strive to bring quality products to you the consumer using good, clean and fair practices towards people, animals and the environment.

The Structure

Currently, the goats are being milked by another family in the Fort McLeod area. They are being cared for and treated as they were before the transition.

 

The production side has moved to Brooks, AB where the Hermus family resides. The new 40×60 building contains everything needed to make the product. The milk is shipped from the goats to the processing plant every week in order to ensure a fresh and quality product.

Local

According to the official Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website, the definition of “local” is

– food produced in the province or territory in which it is sold, or
– food sold across provincial borders within 50 km of the originating province or territory.

We are very proud to have the label of local on all of our products at Fairwinds Farm. This means supporting a small business, that is based right in your own backyard. This ensures the freshness of the product, as there is less transportation time from the farm right to the dinner plate.

Farming Practices at Fairwinds Farm

We are using our own composted manures produced by the animals and crop rotation to grow the feed for the goats. The soil has amazing qualities since we have been farming this way. Lots of earth worms and micro-nutrients!

The goats are not induced by hormones to breed out of their ‘natural’ season. Nor is artificial lighting used to mimic seasonal changes that will induce breeding seasons to begin. We work with what we have and do experience milk shortages during the winter sometimes. The goats produce extra milk during their peak which we process into our aged cheeses. Only fresh products are made during milk shortages.

The goats have access to pastures especially in the growing season. They have ample room to sleep inside when required to be out of the elements. The resting and eating areas are kept clean and dry using straw. The pastures are grazed during the summer on a rotation. As the grazing season ends they will rely on hay produced from the land. These practises along with feeding proper minerals and grains give them a natural resistance to disease and parasites. No pesticides are used to control parasites. The management methods we incorporate have been highly successful. The animals are inspected by a local veterinarian periodically and are health assessed.

Processing Our Products

All of the milk that is used for the products we process for you come from the goats on the farm. The goats are milked twice a day, once in the early morning, and then again in the evening about 12 hours apart. The milk is pumped from the barn into storage tanks in the processing building and is then processed into the products you enjoy every day.

Generally the processing happens Monday to Thursday. The fresh milk is pasteurized and bottled on Monday in order to ensure freshness. The yoghurt is also made fresh every week! Deliveries go out to the stores and the various restaurants on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

We strive to make our product as fresh as possible, while maintaining a high quality of product.