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I've been talking with someone about a herd-share for their raw milk. The cost is a one-time $75 fee, then it's $26 per month for the 'boarding fee'. We'll get one gallon of milk each week that we'll drive about 20 miles away to pickup (or we can pick up two gallons every two weeks). I know a lot of you pay more for milk, but does this sound like a reasonable price? Thanks!
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That works out to $7.44 a gallon. The cheapest I've ever heard of is $5 a gallon, the most is $12 a gallon. You're on the cheaper side

I'd definitely pick up 2 gallons every other week, myself. In fact I pick up milk for two weeks at a time myself, and it's still good.
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My herd share is a one time $50 fee, then $26/month, and they deliver to the city, so it's not a far drive to pick up. I'd say that's a pretty good price. The organic pasturized non-hom at Whole Foods here is $6-8/gallon, so I feel good about our price.

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Here it's $16 a gallon at the Co-op so I would LOVE to only pay $26 a month

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Most is definitely not $12... I'm paying $12 now that WF is no longer carrying raw (they charged $14). I definitely think it's a good price.

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i was paying $5 per gallon for goat but that was just from a lady that had some goats, not really a profit type organization.

i think that sounds like a decent price for someone trying to make a living selling raw milk.

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Is the price usually about the same for raw goat milk? I'm paying $3/qt (so then it would be $12 per gal) for some very yummy goat milk and didn't think the price was bad at all. I've never had other raw milk so I have no clue on normal prices. We live in a higher cost of living area so maybe that is why?

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we pay 6

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I pay $10 in AZ and $7-$8 in MD so that's goood I would say
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Thanks for everyone's input.

We visited the farm today to check it out, and got a gallon of yummy raw milk to try before we make the commitment. I found out that the $75 is 'refundable' if we have to leave the herd-share (they 'buy' back the cow--I didn't know this before), so that makes the price seem a lot more reasonable.

I'm really excited to be starting this up...I first learned about raw milk and it's benefits from reading threads here on MDC, so a big thank-you to you all! I know I'll be doing something healthy for my family and the earth.
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sorry...posted in the wrong thread...
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That works out to $7.44 a gallon. The cheapest I've ever heard of is $5 a gallon, the most is $12 a gallon. You're on the cheaper side

I'd .
Not to brag or whatever, but i pay $4.50.

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Not to brag or whatever, but i pay $4.50.
I pay $4. lol When we move this summer we'll buy from a neighbor and it'll be $5 (and in glass containers).

I would pay more, though. We're just lucky and have at least a dozen raw milk vendors within 1/2 hour.
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It's cheap here too, I pay $4.25/gallon.
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Sounds about right. I pay $23 a month herd share per gallon (which works out to just over $5 a gallon). As does the $75 refundable buy-in fee (I *think* thats what ours are too). I LOVE raw milk... I'm so depressed I'm forced to go back to storebought for a couple weeks as our frozen supply just ran out and we won't be getting fresh till the beginning of april... I can't wait!! Good luck!!
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Thanks for this thread. I've been researching raw milk here, and it is a one time $50 fee, plus between $30-$40/mo for one share. I was wondering if that was a good price, and according to this, it seems to be around the middle. It just seems so much, considering we are currently paying $4.64/gallon for organic, non-homogenized milk, delivered right to our door.

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for $3...but this is Iowa, so it all has to be done "under the table," so to speak.

This seems to be a wonderful price, so I guess there are some perks to living in this part of the country!
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We would have to pay around $7 for a half-gallon (I think), and I would love to find a cow share close to us that is reasonable. I usually buy organic, lightly pasturized, non-homogenized milk for $5 instead. It's way more affordable for us, but I am keeping my eyes open for a good deal around here!

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