Visit Rogue Creamery Dairy & Farm Stand
6531 Lower River Road
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Located about 7 miles west of downtown Grants Pass.
Take G street out of town and continue (it becomes Lower River Road)
Friday - Sunday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Self guided tours are available.
Schools may schedule by appointment.
The Goal of Controlling Our Milk Source
In 2008 we set the goal of controlling our milk source. In order to do what we needed to find a viable dairy in the Rogue Valley that fit our needs and our budget. We found one late in 2011 and have slowly brought it back to life. This has been and continues to be an incredibly ambitious project. There were no animals and the place was derelict, but it was OURS!
The Central Point team rejoiced when Todd Hayton arrived to lead the dairy team. With 25 years experience as a dairyman, Todd was ready to roll up his sleeves and help us in the last phases of rehabilitating our newly acquired, but sadly neglected, organic dairy in Grants Pass.
Here’s an idea of what the Dairy team has done since the project began in 2012:
• Raze the milking barn (roof panels were repurposed into awnings at the Cheese Shop!)
• New electricity in 5 farm buildings
• Demolish & rebuild loafing barn
• Convert milking parlor into new calf barn
• Gently return cows to the farm
Clear Span barn allows more natural light and fresh air to reduce electric light and forced ventilation energy needs.
We’re Introducing About 125 Cows This Year
We started with fairly good pasture and have transformed it with organic practices, rotational grazing, and good old fashioned weeding, to re-establish clovers, orchard grasses, and native fescues. Now we have 68 grazable acres of lush cow salad on the banks of the Rogue River!
We’re introducing about 125 cows this year and growing the herd incrementally and generationally.
These girls are in for a different kind of dairy experience - Robotic Milking!
What Are the Advantages of Robotics?
• Consistency in milking- no human personalities involved (the ladies are temperamental)
• Human labor reduction
• Milking according to the cow’s lactation cycle and output
• Increase in volume per cow
• 2 year goal - 4 robots and 275 cows all getting along agreeably
Our commitment to organic and sustainable farming
• Modern efficient HVAC equipment.
• RC will supply its own milk keeping our essential resources closer to home.
• Cows are grass fed with supplemental grain.
• No antibiotics used
• No synthetic fertilizers or pesticides used on pastures
• Manure and whey used for fertilizer at the farms.
Keep an eye on this space as our dairy grows to become our primary source for the raw material that lets us do what we do; make great cheese for you!