Listed Farmer: The Family Cow

Location: Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Contact: Edwin Shank, edwin@thefamilycow.com, 717-729-9730, www.yourfamilyfarmer.com
How to Buy: online ordering for drop points throughout Pennsylvania; on-farm store

Profile: The Family Cow is a certified organic, grass based, PA Department of Agriculture (PDA) permitted, raw milk dairy. The farm is situated on 122 acres of certified organic pastures that are rotationally grazed 8 months out of the year. An additional 180 acres of organic land is farmed to grow the organic grasses needed to grass-feed the cows during the winter. The 150 milk cows are Jerseys and a few Jersey cross breeds. The Family Cow dairy is owned and operated by Edwin and Dawn Shank and their 6 children. The farm has been continuously owned and farmed by the family for 5 generations and close to 100 years.

The Family Cow is dedicated to extremely safe raw milk. A web-based monitoring system, ProAct, is used to assure that all critical points of the food safety RAMP are under control.  The Family Cow may be the only raw milk dairy in the USA with this level of control to monitor, record and alert for food safety issues.

The Shank family also pioneers with an on-farm raw milk laboratory. The laboratory gives The Family Cow the unique ability to establish a test-and-hold protocol for every single lot of  raw milk. This assures that each bottling of The Family Cow raw milk falls within the coliform  and APC standards for low risk foods as defined by USA food safety experts.

Protocols / Documentation:

Test Results:

(For detailed test information, visit the Family Cow website.)

Date Standard Plate Count (SPC) Coliforms
October 2017 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
September 2017 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
August 2017 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
July 2017 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
June 2017 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
May 2017 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
April 2017 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
March 2017 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
February 2017 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
January 2017 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
December 2016 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
November 2016 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
October 2016 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
September 2016 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
August 2016 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
July 2016 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
June 2016 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
May 2016 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
April 2016 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
March 2016 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
February 2016 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
January 2016 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
December 2015 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
November 2015 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
October 2015 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
September 2015 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
August 2015 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
July 2015 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
June 2015 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
May 2015 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
April 2015 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
March 2015 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
February 2015 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
January 2015 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
December 2014 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
November 2014 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
October 2014 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
September 2014 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
August 2014 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
July 2014 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
June 2014 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
May 2014 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
April 2014 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
March 2014 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
February 2014 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
January 2014 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml
December 2013 < 15,000 cfu/ml < 25 cfu/ml