Here is a website with a list of raw milk standards (it is associated with Organic Pastures Dairy). What is RAW USA? I found the list to be interesting. Please add your comments to this thread. Thanks. Dale
link verified: 8.31.10
Last Edit: Aug 31, 2010 16:22:28 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
Dale - caretaker of Gracie, Georgia, Minnie-Moo & Mickey
I think their standards are pretty dang good. I do disagree with a few of them.
#1- I have never understood the antibiotic bans. This is why so many organic dairys have to cull perfectly good animals and loose that milk. I can see requiring a longer withhold then the manufacturers reccommends and the USDA requires, maybe double the time (like the Today treatments are supposed to be a 4 day withhold from consumption, so require 8 days) but not for a year. I also think this leads to less then desireable treatment for many animals who aren't given any medication in hope that they will get over the illness and won't have to be shipped from the farm. Organics should be promoting optimal animal welfare, and this doesn't.
#4- The USDA/NOP standards are way too lax and have major loopholes, which we have seen with the 1000+ cow dairys out West with dirt lots who are certified organic (I think they are Horizon dairys). I think the dairy should have to be certified by their individual states organic certification organization, which generally have much more specific regulations and requirements without the loopholes.
I guess Maine is out of luck when it comes to having Raw Milk dairies. We only have pasture half the year. Consequently I already have a 5' high manure pile out side the barn. It resembles the Matterhorn. Is there something wrong with manure piles that I don't know about? After it is transferred to a storage pile on the pasture in the spring, and rots for a year or two, it is Black Gold and much sought after.
The site does not mention silage anywhere that I could see. The lacto fermentation advocates ought to favor silage I should think.
I am unclear as to what triage cow cleaning is. The first three get cleaned? The dirtiest three get cleaned? All get one-third cleaned?
Last Edit: Feb 23, 2010 15:13:00 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
Darn.....no donuts or potato chip?!?! And obviously they are not in Texas, since it says the milk can never be exposed to temps higher than 102 degrees! (Unless, of course, they air condition their barns!) Sorry, couldn't resist!
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