1. Name of farm: Six S Dairy
2. Farmer’s/Farm Family name: Brent and Jenny Skelonc
3. Street address: 9374 – 21 Mile Rd
4. City: Sand Lake
5. State (2-letter abbreviation): MI
6. Zip: 49343
7. Phone number: 616-813-6977
8. Email: Jenny@sixsdairy.com
9. Website: www.sixsdairy.com
Type of Farm/Farm Practices
10. Are you Certified Organic? No
11. Are you Certified Biodynamic? No
12. If you are not Certified Organic, do you use organic production methods? Yes
13. Do you use synthetic fertilizers? No
14. Do you use any of the following: nonorganic pesticides, herbicides, parasiticides, or fungicides? No
15. Do you keep livestock? Yes
16. What animals do you keep?
Chickens (list breeds): Our Laying hens are Black Australorps and our meat chickens are a Cornish Cross.
Ducks (list breeds):
Turkeys (list breeds):
Other Poultry (list type and breeds):
Cows (list breeds): We primarily raise Normande dairy cattle. We also have a couple of Jerseys, Herefords, and 1 Holstein.
Goats (list breeds):
Pigs (list breeds): Our pigs are mix breeds.
Sheep (list breeds):
Other Animals (list type and breeds):
17. Do you use antibiotics? No
18. Are the animals pasture-fed? Yes
19. How much and for how long: Our cows are on pasture year round, grazing as long as the Michigan season allows. Pigs and chickens are raised on pasture through the spring, summer, and fall months.
20. Do you practice managed grazing? Yes
21. Do you apply compost or compost tea? Yes
22. Do you apply other soil amendments? No
23. Do you use supplemental feed?
For poultry (list type): Our chickens have free-choice access to a custom locally grown, non-GMO, grain mix.
For cows, sheep, and/or goats (list type): Our cows receive no supplemental feed, just grass, hay, and minerals/vitamins.
For pigs (list type): Our pigs have free-choice access to a custom locally grown, non-GMO, grain mix.
24. Do you supply raw milk? Yes
25. Do you keep your barn and milk room clean? Yes
26. Do you keep the cows clean/teats washed? Yes
27. Do you thoroughly wash your milking equipment after every milking? Yes
28. Are cows with mastitis or other health problems excluded from milking? Yes
29. Are cows tested for disease? Yes
Which tests, and how often: Our dairy cows are tested every year for Johnes, Brucellosis, and TB.
30. Is the milk routinely tested for pathogens, coliform count? Yes
Which tests, and how often: Our milk is lab-tested daily ensuring low bacteria counts before it leaves the farm. We perform coliform counts and aerobic bacteria counts.
31. Is the farm water routinely tested? Yes
32. Are milk and milk products kept well chilled? Yes
33. Other/Explain (list any other routine practices, or explain any of your answers above?
34. Do you sell milk? Yes
35. Meat butchered at a USDA-certified or state-certified abattoir? Yes
36. Meat butchered on the farm? Yes
37. Describe or explain any butchering practices:
38. Please check off the products you sell and list current prices
Raw whole milk: Raw Milk sales are illegal in the state of Michigan, so we sell shares of our dairy herd which entitles shareowners to fresh, raw milk.
Raw ice cream:
Raw sour cream:
Raw cottage cheese:
Cheese (list types):
Other dairy (list):
Eggs (list type, chicken, duck, etc) : Yes, chicken
Produce (list typical offerings):
Prepared foods (list typical offerings):
39. Do you only sell animals that are raised on your farm at the address listed?
40. Are the animals born on your farm at the address listed? Yes
41. Do you ever purchase animals from auctions or from your processor or do you ever buy parts from your processor (whole pork bellies…)? No
42. Do you personally attend to your animals at least once a day or do you hire help or farmers to do that for you? Personally Attend
43. Do you purchase pre-mixed feed from an elevator or do you grind your own? Grind Own
44. Where can customers find you? (check all that apply):