Monday, August 21, 2017

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Welcome To Windmill Dairies

Windmills Dairy Plant

We were recently featured in Ocala Style Magazine!  See the article here.

In May of 2010 we spent a few days on a small goat dairy in Maine and learned a little about operating a home goat dairy. That experience is what started the spark that set us on fire to undertake this Goliath of a task. You see, the concept of a Micro Dairy had never been done in Florida before and so there were a lot of obstacles to overcome.  It took us three years from deciding to seek our license to actually obtaining it. It required the building of two buildings to the exact specifications outlined by the FDA and the Florida Division of Dairy. Plus inspections once a month during the entire process to make sure that we stayed compliant with the rules.  Just the buildings alone took us two years to build because we wanted to save money and resources so we used a lot of recycled materials and did most of the work ourselves while at the same time building our business, running the farm and living. In 2011 our farm became certified as a Master Goat Producing  Farm through Florida A&M University and we were also awarded the “Innovative Farmer Of The Year” for the state of Florida for our recycling methods and measures we take on our farm to reduce our carbon footprint.

We are now recognized as pioneers and leaders in the Micro Dairy industry and are currently the only Grade A Goat Dairy in Florida. Since obtaining our Grade A license a year ago we have hired a few employees, increased our product line and entered into several contracts to provide products to numerous businesses that utilize goat milk products on a regular basis. We have some select products in numerous stores throughout Florida.  With all that being said we still adhere to our basic fundamental principles that we provide our customers with a healthy alternative and only produce products that we would want to purchase ourselves at an affordable price.  We are asked a lot about tours. We adhere to a strict bio security plan that prohibits tours and also due to our licensing and insurance we are not allowed to give tours or allow interaction with the animals.  However visitors are encouraged to visit our farm store during its open hours.  We live by our motto “It’s not just a business, it’s a passion”.

Welcome to Windmill Acres Farm!

Windmill Acres FarmWe maintain the herd, do the milking, make and market the products.  We operate under a basic fundamental goal to always produce a product that we would want to purchase ourselves and to produce a healthy alternative for our customers.

We have an aggressive herd health management program that includes frequent stall and pen cleaning as we believe that if the animals are kept healthy then they won’t need to be medicated.  We also practice farm biosecurity in order to prevent the spread of diseases onto our farm. This is an effort to keep antibiotics and chemical wormers from being used on our animals.

We do not use antibiotics or hormones as growth promoting agents. We use agricultural methods that reduce our carbon footprint such as skylights in the barns to reduce power consumption and we harvest our rainwater for future use. We compost all farm organic materials. The composted material is either used in our own gardens or offered to our customers at a reasonable price.

We feed a high quality non medicated feed to the dairy herd along with high quality perennial peanut hay. This technique not only produces a consistent flavor in our milk and products but also assists in keeping production at favorable levels.

Josie the GoatWe milk the animals and make products to the highest standard possible, in fact, the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requires that pet foods, like human foods, be pure and wholesome, safe to eat, produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances, and be truthfully labeled. We follow these strict standards in the production of our products. Most of our products need to be labeled “animal feed or not for human consumption” because they are not processed or stored in a permitted facility.  Windmill Acres Farm is a small, family owned and operated goat dairy located in beautiful north central Florida near Ocala.  These products are legally sold under a “master feed registration” issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

In May 2011, Florida A&M University certified the owner of the farm as a Master Goat Producer and the farm received it’s certification of Master Goat Producing Farm. He also was awarded the Florida Innovative Farmer Award for the 2011 Florida Small Farms Conference.

Windmill Acres Farm Wins Award

Alan HartAlan Hart owner and operator of Windmill Acres Farm has been awarded the Florida Innovative Farmer Award for 2011. Alan was nominated for the award by Florida A & M University for his efforts to operate his goat dairy farm using innovative techniques that reduce the carbon footprint of his farm and protects the natural resources. He also produces a locally grown, value added product that is offered to the public. He has conducted goat husbandry seminars at his farm for other goat producers in order to enhance their abilities and knowledge. He has also been instrumental in changing Division of Dairy rules and regulations as they pertain to small producers in order to make it more accessible and more economical for them to become Grade A certified.

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