Call us crazy but we are considering adding dairy farming for the purpose of providing our customers with fresh, raw milk from our farm. My grandfather used to milk about twenty dairy cows in the 30s and 40s and the milk cans he used are in our Avon Lobby! We have also had a family milk cow and dairy goats on and off over my lifetime.
In order for this to happen, the Indiana General Assembly will need to bring raw milk sales out of prohibition in the state. There are currently 32 states that allow the sale of raw milk in some fashion.
What is raw milk? It’s simply filtered and chilled milk from a cow. Period. It’s not homogenized (the separating of the cream and the milk) it’s not pasteurized (heating the milk in order to kill both harmful and healthful bacteria) it does not have additives like synthetic vitamin A or D, and doesn’t need them.
In my book there are two major benefits of raw milk:
- Building stronger imoooooune systems.
- Better “gut” functions.
I grew up on raw milk and am seldom sick. Our children grew up with raw milk and are seldom sick. It’s been documented that Amish children have a greatly reduced instances of allergies and viral sickness which was linked to the intake of raw milk.
There are many who oppose the drinking of raw milk products due to the health risks of drinking an unpasteurized dairy product. They of course realize many years ago there were no pasteurization processes and if you drank milk, it was raw. So how is it today that they feel the need to pasteurize milk? Our refrigeration systems have greatly improved over the past fifty years all along the milk chain from the farms to the store shelves. Our containers and processing systems are cleaner and safer than ever before. Perhaps they feel the milk itself is not being produced as clean because the cows are kept on concrete and fed a feed ration primarily of corn and not grazing on rotated grass pastures. Or perhaps it’s the cows being pushed to product sixty pounds of milk per day by the drugs they are given to hit this type of production level.
Whatever their reasons it’s apparent they don’t trust dairy farmers and processors to provide them with a quality product without processing it to kill pathogens and elevated bacteria levels (that shouldn’t and don’t need to be present in the product anyway).
I am honored to have been chosen by the Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH) to participate on a fifteen person panel to debate/discuss/kick around what the regulations may be regarding the sales of raw milk in the state, should the State Legislature end the prohibition. I will say the meetings have been very well done and not as one sided as one might think. BOAH has a website where you can voice your opinion on the subject, and to date an overwhelming majority of the responses are for ending the prohibition. Go to www.boah.in.gov and click on Virtual Public Hearing on Raw Milk.
Now I will state here that there is a risk in drinking raw milk. I will also state if one is to start drinking raw milk and your current diet is void of any live cultured products such as yogurt, kiefer, or the like then you should begin slowly to establish life in your digestive system again.
For more on this subject go to rawmilkinstitute.com.
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