Liz, David, and Becky Baldwin
Tonelwin Farm has been in the Baldwin Family since the 1930’s.Three generations have milked Holstein cows in the barn that is now Shunpike Dairy LLC, home of a variety of breeds – Ayshire, Brown Swiss, Jersey, Linebacker, and still a few of the original family of Holsteins.
Shunpike Dairy received NYS certification to sell raw milk in July, 2010. After several months of remodeling the milk room that was used for conventional dairying for decades, we finally met with approval to begin the adventure of opening up our doors to any and all that wanted to buy raw milk.
Shunpike Dairy cows were compiled from three different herds. Many of the young bred heifers that aren’t milking yet, (and a few that are), are Holsteins that were kept out of the sale of the Tonelwin Farm milking herd in 2009. Brown Swiss, Jersey, and a few of the Ayshires were purchased from a single owner as a group. The rest of the Ayshires belong to a family from Stanfordville, boarding the cows at Shunpike Dairy.
The Brown Swiss and Jersey are considered to give “creamier” milk, Holsteins and Ayshires give “more” milk. The variety however is nice for educational purposes for visitors, and they look great out in the pasture!
No antibiotics or hormones are ever given to the cows, but the main reason the milk tastes so good, is because our cows are stress-free. Fluctuations in flavor are due to changes in feed, much harder to keep consistent in winter when no pasture is available.