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 Oudshoorn family is milking and caring for the goats while the Hermus’s are learning the production side of Fairwinds Farms. Working together, they strive to give the consumers the best quality of products.

Within due time, the entire production will be moving from Fort Macleod to the Brooks area. Staying within the Southern Alberta region, but moving closer to home for the Hermus’s. We aim to make this transition as smooth as possible, with limited interruption in production. This makes it easier on both the consumers, businesses and the goats themselves!

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 Farms. 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 organic 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 the farm.

Generally the processing happens Monday to Thursday. 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.

We make fresh milk, yoghurts and cheese!