The Other Side of the Dairy Barn

By / Photography By Megan Harvey Bourke | March 10, 2016
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Kate with Gracie outside of the barn.

A mother’s quest to save her daughter’s life spurs successful raw dairy operation

That a dairy barn, and the dairy and meat product business, exists in Old Snowmass is the result of a long and emotional story about The Other Side Ranch owner, long-time local Kate McBride. Part of a family that has for decades been ranching the country between Capitol Creek and West Sopris Creek, McBride has evolved The Other Side well beyond a fully equipped equine boarding and rehab facility to include raising Berkshire pigs, Dorper lamb and Jersey dairy cows.

In 2006, when her younger daughter, Annalisa, fell ill at just 6 months of age with a life-threatening lung disease, McBride, a trained EMT and vet tech, went to great lengths to find a cure—first working tirelessly with a team of leading pediatricians at Denver Children’s Hospital and later completely sterilizing her house on the ranch.

Finally, at the suggestion of a farrier on the ranch at the time, McBride purchased a cow and began giving Annalisa raw whole milk (thought to be beneficial for its “good bacteria” and enzymes) until it totaled 85% of her calorie intake. In 2008, she built a milking shed.

Little by little, Annalisa’s condition improved. Today, at age 10, she is well enough to attend fifth grade at Aspen Community School, with a nurse in attendance. She even made a recent trip to Africa, where she adopted a bull elephant. “She’s not gotten better, but she’s stronger, and has some immune system now,” McBride notes. “It’s a day-to-day process, but she gets to live her life.”

The Other Side Ranch
5459 E. Sopris Creek Road, Snowmass

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