Frequently Asked Questions

Gilmer family

Please use the contact form at the bottom of the page if you need more information or have a question that is not listed below.

Where can I buy your milk?
Do you use antibiotics on your farm?
Do you sell bull calves?
Can I take a tour of your dairy farm?
How can I get a job on your farm?


Where can I buy your milk?

All of our milk is marketed commercially through our cooperative (Dairy Farmers of America) and we do not sell raw milk directly to individuals. Our milk is currently being shipped to the Barber's Dairies facility in Birmingham, Alabama, and may be found at retail under different brand names in milk containers stamped with the plant code "01-0104". Even if your local grocery store doesn't carry milk that might have originated on our farm, please know that all dairy farms have high standards for quality and any milk you purchase supports all dairy farm families like ours.

Do you use antibiotics on your farm?

We are committed to providing you with antibiotic-free milk, yet our commitment to our cows' health and well-being requires that antibiotics occassionally be administered. We minimize our use of antibiotics by focusing on preventative measures such as providing proper nutrition and living conditions, but when antibiotics are necessary they are used judiciously and in accordance with all labels and veterinary guidance. Milk from treated cows is discarded until until it is free of residue, and every load of milk received at the dairy processing plant is tested prior to being unloaded to ensure its quality and safety. You can learn more about this issue by reading Will's blog post, "Cows, Antibiotics, and You".

Do you sell bull calves?

We sell Holstein bull calves and Holstein-Angus calves to local individuals who then raise them for beef. The calves are typically sold when they are 3-7 days old (after receiving the required amount of colostrum) with the price determined by market conditions. We currently have a full customer waiting list for this calving season. If you are interested in purchasing calves in the future, please check this space perodically for an announcement of availability.

Can I take a tour of your dairy farm

We are proud of our farm and enjoy showing it to other people, but our small workfoce makes it difficult to give tours and still fulfil all of our daily farming responsibilities. We can arrange a limited number of tours for local groups, and if interested please contact David or Will directly. We can be a little more accomodating with short "milking barn only" tours for families and small groups on weekend afternoons with one or two days notice.

How can I get a job on your farm?

All job inquiries must be made in person during business hours. We do not offer internships, and we currently have no full or part-time employment opportunities available.