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OUR SALES POLICY......PLEASE READ (last updated 11/22/2014...updated  and clarified goat castration fees, updated 7/25/15 to clarify grammar, update rabbit deposit info, updated 1/11/16 to fix grammar and to add some pre-deposit information)

PICK UP INFO:  (Some suggestions for bringing your new addition home)While we take a check or money order for deposits, we do require cash for any balances due at the time of pickup unless otherwise arranged prior to pick up date.  Please be sure to bring a carrier, box or other type of restraint for you new animal as we are not able to provide something suitable for every animal. 

  • Puppies can often be held, but we do recommend that you have a crate if at all possible to avoid accidents. Car rides are a totally new experience for your puppy and it would not be uncommon for him or her to vomit or urinate during the trip.  If you have a long way to travel home a leash and a collar are also recommended as they are not trained to the "come" on command  yet and you may decide to stop off for a pit-stop with you new puppy(Note:  not all dogs who visit a rest stop dog walk area are healthy or vaccinated so use caution when taking your puppy out in areas heavily frequented by other dogs until they are fully vaccinated with a full series of shots.)
  • Rabbits will do well in a cardboard box.  Just be sure to have something down under the box as urine will obviously soak through onto you or your car seats!
  • Piglets should be picked up in a sturdy crate or carrier. I would recommend using an enclosed cat/dog carrier packed with some hay for one or two piglets as the darkness, solid footing and snuggly hay will make them calmer.  Trust me, most of our AHH piglets are small but they ARE solid muscle and a car ride with a squealing, terrified loose pig is NOT an enjoyable way to start your life together!
  • Adult pigs (and some pigs over 6 months ) will require either a very sturdy livestock crate or a horse trailer.  Often times a dog crate will not work for a large pig.
  • Chickens can be caged, boxed or even carried carefully in a breathable bag such as a pillow case (for trips not lasting more than a couple of hours)
  • Goats will do best in a trailer, covered truck bed or dog crate.  I do recommend that you add hay to whatever they will be traveling in to give them stable footing and something to nibble on to calm them.

GENERAL SALES POLICY INFO: We are willing to take a non-refundable deposit on any animal we have for sale. We require deposits of approximately 50% of the sales price, but this can be negotiable. 

Deposits must be received within 4 days of verbal agreement (unless otherwise noted below) or animal will remain up for sale.  Timely replies to emails and phone calls are of the utmost importance to secure the purchase of one of our animals.  Sometimes supplying us with your phone number as a means of contact if you have limited internet helps keep the lines of communication open.

 We will accept a check or moneyorder for your deposit, but cash only at time of pickup.  We prefer not to use PayPal or other on-line payment methods at this time.  Deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE unless otherwise stated below.  Checks or money orders can be made out to Cornerstone Acres Farm or Alina Wilson and be mailed to 6022 S. 25 Road, Boon, MI 49618.

We reserve the right to cancel any sale for any reason.  If we choose to cancel a sale, we will refund ALL deposit money paid (including dehorning or castration fees if applicable).

Although demand for our stock has been high, at this time we will not be taking deposits for any animals before they are born.  If there is a pairing you are interested in, please keep a close eye on our website and our Facebook page as we are usually pretty quick to get news out about any new births.  We also have a waiting list for just about all our animals.....just let us know and we can put you on the list. 

The only exception to the "pre-deposit" policy will be our Great Pyrenees pups.  We will take a pre-deposit of $30 to reserve up to four males and four females.   A pre-deposit will be non-refundable UNLESS there are not enough puppies of your prefered gender born OR in the case that puppies are not born at all.  A pre-deposit will lock you into current pricing (in case we choose to raise prices) as well as guarantee you the gender of your choice (as long as enough pups are born).  It will also lock you into your place in line to choose the puppy of your prefered gender.   Since generally our litters have more than 8 puppies, we will still take names and contact information for additional pups.   We also may not receive deposits for all 8 "pre-deposit" places so being on the list might even afford you first choice in some cases.  Please contact us for more information or clarification on our terms.

GOATS: Goat kids will be allowed to leave around 8-10 weeks of age, so unless otherwise specifically stated please plan on having the goat picked up around that time.  We will generally allow a two week window for you to arrange pick up of your goat (pick up by 12 weeks of age) but this MUST be pre-arranged.  All goat kids will have at least their first CD&T shot and be wormed before leaving the farm UNLESS they are sold for slaughter.  We do NOT routinely give the CD&T shot or antibiotics or chemical wormers to our own animals, If you prefer your animal NOT to have any vaccinations or other shots please let us know.  Also, all necessary tags and/or tattoos will be taken care of.  If for some reason you would like or need your goat disbudded, we must receive a deposit (half of purchase price plus $15 for disbudding)  by the time the goat is one week of age.  $15.00 of this deposit is not refundable in any situation.   Money received will be refundable ONLY in the case of death of the chosen animal (except in the case of a disbudded kid - $15 is totally non-refundable).  Males can be castrated upon request for $10 (depending on age).  If receiving a 4-H discounted goat, it WILL be wethered and (if requested)disbudded before leaving Cornerstone Acres (dehorning fees still apply).  All goats will leave with a scrapie tag identifying our premises.  If you are 4Her we will apply the tag if needed, if the animal is a registered (therefore tattooed) animal we will allow you the choice to either take the tag loose or have us attach it.   Castration and disbudding at the same time is $15 total.  Castration alone is $10.  Disbudding alone is $15.

Goat kids that are eligible for registration will come with a REGISTRATION APPLICATION upon pickup.  If you have any issues during the registration process, feel free to contact us. 

PIGS: Piglets will be allowed to leave around 6-8 weeks of age.  At this time we are not routinely castrating piglets, but can do so if a deposit is received before 1 week of age (there will be an additional charge of $45 for castration as we will be having our vet perform any necessary castrations).    Also, being raised outdoors we have opted to not give iron shots to our pigs.   Please note if you are buying a young male to raise for meat, we have had NO issues with boar taint.  January 2014 we butchered two intact boars at one year of age.  They were in the pen with their mother who was at the time in heat.  We are proud of our line.  We do recommend that you worm your pigs in your preferred method upon bringing them home.

RABBITS: Rabbits will be allowed to leave around 6-8 weeks of age.  We will not hold rabbits unless paid in full.  Payments on rabbits are NON-REFUNDABLE.  If a paid for rabbit dies or is injured before being picked up, we reserve the right to offer you a rabbit of equal or greater value as replacement of the same gender. Payments on rabbits may be transferable to other rabbits in the rabbitry at buyers choice, however this option will be judged on a case by case basis.

DOGS:  Under no circumstances will a puppy leave before 7 weeks of age.  It is also generally important that LGD puppies leave no later than 12 weeks, to allow bonding to their new flock or herd.  We do generally do not allow owners to pick a puppy until 7 weeks of age.  New owners will be allowed to put a deposit down, thereby ensuring the gender of your choice and locking you into a place in line.  For instance if you were first on the waiting list for a male you will be first contacted if a male is born.  You will have 4 days to provide a deposit to secure your place in line to be first to choose.  If there are four people on the list for males and only three males are born we will contact the first three on the list, but if anybody declines to purchase or fails to remit their deposit, the fourth person in line will be contacted.....and so forth and so on.  ALL deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE unless in the unfortunate case a puppy (or puppies) die and there is no longer a puppy for you to choose from in the litter.   If you are last to choose a puppy from your chosen gender and decline that remaining puppy, 70% of your deposit will be refunded.  If a deposit of less than 50% of the purchase price is made, we will retain an amount equal to the minimum required deposit (50% of purchase price) and refund whatever the balance is back to you.  This applies ONLY to the person who is last to choose.

Dogs will have any up-to-date puppy vaccinations at time of pick-up (shot schedule is usually a set of three shots beginning at 7 weeks and ending at around 16 weeks).  We usually do the first shots at time of pickup.  If you do NOT want your dog to have these shots please let us know when you send your deposit.  Herbal worming will take place at 2-3-4-5-6-7 weeks of age. 

CHICKENS: Chicks and chickens are ready anytime once we have listed them for sale.  They will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

ADDITIONAL GENERAL SALES POLICY INFO:  If you are unable to arrange pick up of your animal within the time periods stated above (or any other time frame agreed upon at the time of deposit) you may forfeit all monies paid to Cornerstone Acres and the animal may be relisted for sale, or you may be charged a minimum daily boarding fee of $4. If boarding fees accumulate in excess of  a deposit made on an animal, that animal will automatically be re-listed for sale and all deposit monies will be lost.   We will try and be as reasonable and fair as possible in all situations.

At this time we will NOT ship any animals.  Pick up from our farm only.  However we do some traveling from time to time and may be able to offer personal delivery (for a fee) if we are heading in your direction.  If you express interest in an animal and we know we will be traveling your way at the right time, we will be sure to let you know of that option.  There is a flat loading fee of $20 for any livestock deliveries.  We do also charge a minimum of .55 cents per loaded mile to meet off the farm.  (Pricing per mile subject to change without notice due to changing gas prices.)

We have a sort of "No-show/No-call" policy. Our time is no less valuable than your own, so like you we try to manage our time as effectively as we can. If you choose to schedule a time to come look at one of our animals please be polite and try to show up as close to "on-time" as you can. If you are unable to keep your appointment (or will be excessively late), please call or email to let us know. If you do not show up and fail to call or email we reserve the right to decline to offer you a second showing.

RETURNS/REFUNDS/REPLACEMENTS:  Have a problem with an animal purchased from us?  We will take any issues you have with our animals seriously.  Illnesses and injury are (unfortunately) not our responsibility once the animal leaves our farm, nor will we refund or replace an animal due to sickness or death after they leave our farm.  However if there are genetic issues that would be a different matter.  Please feel free to contact us if you ever have questions or issues and we can see what we can do.  Keep in mind we may require that you obtain an exam or testing by a veterinarian (at your cost) to determine an actual diagnosis of the condition. 

If at any time you need to rehome any animal purchased from Cornerstone Acres Farm due to reasons other than animal illness/defect, please let us know and we may be able to network to find a new home for your animal(s).   In the case of our Great Pyrenees dogs we request that you let us know before ever taking the option of sending them to a shelter or rescue as we are willing to take any dogs back here to the farm. 

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Farm Production Totals

2015

 

(last update 10/31/15)

 

Meat: 362#

Vegetables/Fruit: 551.88#

Eggs: 1918

Honey: 28#

Maple Syrup:  2 gallons

Angora Fiber:

Babies Born/hatched:  157

Jars into the pantry: 113

Milk: 16 gallons

New additons:  60 (plus a nuc of bees)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

Meat: 240#

Vegetables/Fruit: Didn't keep track

Eggs: 3348

Honey: 1 pint

Maple Syrup: None

Angora Fiber: 5 oz

Babies Born/hatched: 168

Jars into the pantry: 150

Milk: 5 gallons