Take a Listen to some experts about Raw Milk

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Dr Winter DMV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScCfRjfrDJ4
  • Raw milk has its own immune system
  • Amish farmers in Pennsylvania have their own certification and own inspectors
  • No deaths to raw milk in the last 10-20 years
  • Make the customer aware of how to handle milk, educate dairy farmers
 Mark McAfee, Leading Raw Milk expert and owner of Raw Milk Institute and Organic Pastures  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUG-4uUbjbY   A must listen
  •  Omega 3
  • Dairy animals live longer and are healthier than on commercial dairies
  • Entirely different milk
  • Discusses pasteurization, homogenization, raw milk
  • Raw milk where cows are on green grass does not have pathogens
  • Pasteurized milk causes serious disease
     

 

We are sharing milk and milk products legally through the Utah Goat Share program, with Shareholders of our Northern Dawn dairy herd.

Goat Share Program

In a nutshell, here is how the Goat Share program works. It is a pretty easy program where we are allowed to share milk with you

  • You pay a very small fee in the herd (I actually have chosen to "waive" the fee) so that you, as the shareholder have a limited share in the herd for free
  • You decide how many shares you have in the herd, which determines how much milk and/or milk products you will get
  • Because Northern Dawn does not have a licensed Raw to Retail Dairy, we can't sell the milk. What we do is charge you a boarding fee that is comparable to what the price per gallon would be. Thus, you as a shareholder are paying boarding fees, rather than price per gallon.
  • As per the Utah law above, you and I sign a legal agreement so that you can receive your share of the milk. You can opt-out of the agreement with a written request from Northern Dawn.
  • Lower prices, because there aren't as many costs involved in producing the milk...
  • You have the opportunity to come out and see the animals and how the milk is processed
  • If you would like to see the records on temperature etc, feel free to ask
  • Do you want to suggest an improvement, fee
  • No downtime for obtaining your milk due to unforeseen things that sometimes happen with licensed dairies

 

Ok, so Why Would You Want to Use the Goat Share Program to Obtain Milk?

  • We at Northern Dawn want to make milk readily accessible to you, the consumer. We produce quality raw milk and soon to have some raw milk products from our herd of Nigerian Dwarf, Mini Nubian and Nubian dairy goats.
  • In the current Utah Dairy Act, a Raw to Retail Dairy can not transport your milk. If you are obtaining your milk from a licensed Raw to Retail Dairy, you as the consumer would have to go to the farm to obtain your milk
  • We at Northern Dawn have chosen to make milk readily accessible to you, but how? You can come out to the farm. We can have an agent or ourselves meet you with the milk or milk products at a location closer to you
  • With the Utah Dairy Act, we would not be able to share milk products such as yogurt, etc with you. Through the Goat Share program, we can share them with you.
  • We have some great people from the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund helping us with our Shareholder Agreement, so that it's simple and good for both you and us. Great group of people who love to help us share and consume natural farm products.

 

 

How Milk from Northern Dawn Goats is Handled

We at Northern Dawn take our goat health and the safety of your milk very seriously.

  • We shave the gals' udders and clean the udders with either baby wipes or wipes dipped in an essential oil wash
  • Does' udders and our hands are dry while milking, to ensure that your milk is clean
  • Milk is strained shortly after milking
  • Milk is quickly chilled to ensure that the milk will taste nice and fresh
  • Our herd is on Dairy Herd Improvement milk testing. Through this testing, Somatic Cell Count is taken on each doe monthly
  • Very soon we hope to also implement bacteria testing routinely as well, on the milk
  • We also hold a valid Utah Food Handler's Permit, which we believe is very important since we handle the milk.

We will soon be making a video showing the farm handling procedures of our milk, etc. Stay tuned for that.

Goat Shares still available

We have shares still available We have very faithful Shareholders in our herd, and appreciate them very much! :-D

Herd information

Soon the Northern Dawn herd will have available milk test information, for your viewing. We feel this is very important for your understanding of milk safety. We are also in the process of building our new milk facility.

Secure Your Goat Share Spot by email or Facebook Message

This is the license agreement between us and you, to make us in compliance with the State of Utah Herd Share program HB104.  If you would like it changed, let us know and we can work out some changes to better suit your needs.  We provide you two versions; either the Form -fill .pdf or MS Word. 

Pricing

Item Price Comment
Raw milk

$10.00 Currently,

Going up to 12 0r 14 soon.

per gallon.  Other quantities like 1/2 gallon etc will have an adjusted price.  *

If you are an existing customer contact me. No current change to your price, from what you are already paying.

Lightly pasteurized milk Not yet available per gallon
Raw milk yogurt and kefir Available soon  
Raw milk soft cheese Available soon  
Lightly pasteurized milk yogurt and kefir Available soon  
Lightly pasteurized milk soft cheese Available soon  
Travel mileage $2.00
  • per trip if we are not already going there
  • No charge if at our current location in Provo, where I work
 

Herd Share Forms to Fill out and return to us. Can be via email or in person.

  • If I transport milk or you would like me to and/or obtain or will obtain raw milk products like cheese, yogurt etc, please fill out the Agreement (A) and Bill of Sale (A).  You can use either the form-fill pdf file or the MS Word file, whichever works best for you.
  • If you pick up milk and/or lightly pasteurized milk at the farm, you can fill out the Agreement and Bill of Sale (A) or if you'd rather, you can fill out Form (B) instead.  Again, choose whichever file format works best for you.

Document Name

Who Needs to Fill Out This Form

File .pdf

File MS Word

Agreement (A)
  • Preferable for everyone on herd share program.
  • However, if you come to the farm, you can choose to fill out the lesser form if I don't sell you soft milk products or transport your milk to you. 
  • For anyone whom I transport milk to or whoever purchases milk products, we would ask that you sign the agreement and return to us.
NDN Caprine Agistment PDF NDN-Caprine-Agistment DOC
Bill of Sale (A)
  • Preferable for everyone on herd share program.
  • However, if you come to the farm, you can choose to fill out the lesser form if I don't sell you soft milk products or transport your milk to you. 
  • For anyone whom I transport milk to or whoever purchases milk products, we would ask that you sign the agreement and return to us.
NDN-Caprine-Bill-of-Sale PDF  NDN-Caprine-Bill-of-Sale DOC
Agreement (B) only for those who pick up milk at the farm.  (We prefer you use forms Agreement and Bill of Sale (A), but these may be used if you choose. HerdshareB_Peggy PDF herdshareb_peggy

 

Did you ever wonder why there are different options for obtaining dairy products in Utah?  And just what are the differences in the programs?  How do they affect you and your beloved family (the consumer) and me (the producer)?  Well, let us take a look. I was asked not long ago how one knows if their milk is good if they are not a Grade A Raw Dairy.  My Response, "I've worked with health inspectors in three different states.  Held a current Food Handler's Permit in Nevada, Utah and South Dakota.  The inspectors will tell you that they know that as soon as they turn their back on the producer (restaurant, dairy, bakery etc) many producers go back to their old habits of unclean practices.  I worked at a bakery for a short time (no name will be disclosed) who sells wholesale and a lot of retail.  Well known bakery.  A huge reason that I quit is because of some of their practices.  1) Picking food off the floor and baking it or packaging it for unsuspecting customers 2) packaging product with bare hands... This is a well known commercial bakery and NOT a home bakery.  I know at least one licensed Raw to Retail dairy who chills their milk in the refrigerator, does not temperature test their milk because the state does it for them once a month, does not wash hands between does and also does not sanitize the udders in any way except to brush their bare hand across the udders.  .... Also by FDA standards, raw milk dairies are typically NOT Grade A, because many of them are not pipeline and the producer handles the milk.  Utah calls Raw Milk dairies Grade A, but freely admits that technically most raw milk dairies in Utah are actually Raw to Retail Licensed Dairies, NOT Grade A.  The State of Utah does not test unless there is an illness for one of the most dangerous bacteria; camphylobacteria, because its too hard to test for. 

..... Bottom Line then.... Calling one's self Grade A Raw Milk Dairy in Utah is just a false sense of security for you. Many licensed and unlicensed dairies do a tremendous job of following health standards.  Others pretend to and hide under the name of Grade A licensing to sell their product. While the inspectors do a wonderful job and we have learned so much from them, they are not catching the real problems in licensed dairies and some of them actually tell the licensed dairies that they are just fine to 'keep doing what they are doing' because the bacteria count is good at present.  In reality, some of these dairies are violating some very serious health standards and dairy code.  So is the milk from a licensed or non-licensed dairy/bakery/etc safe?  It all depends upon if the producer is health-conscious and would follow or reach ABOVE health standards, even if they were not licensed.  It all depends upon the producer.  This is true even with foods that we get in grocery stores."

We at Northern Dawn Dairy strive to uphold strict health standards. We choose to not become licensed at this time, because through the herd share program, we are able to provide more products of a raw nature for you an your family...We love the Herd Share program and know that you do too. That being said, let us take a look at the pros and cons of both programs that Utah Currently has and compare.

Program Comparisons

Program

Producer Requirements

Consumer Requirements

What is the Program?

Benefits and Downfalls

Herd Share

  •  Create and sign Bill of Sale and Agreement with the consumer
  • Notify Utah Dairy Manager in writing of their intent to sell dairy products through the Herd Share Program
  • Herd and milk records must be available at all times to the consumer for their viewing. Thus that is an added incentive to the producer to maintain strict safety standards
  •  Must sign a Bill of Sale and agreement with the producer
  • Consumer owns a very small limited percentage of the herd
  • Because of this, the producer does not have to be licensed to sell the milk and milk products
  • The consumer does not necessarily get a share of the sale of babies born, nor can he/she tell a producer what to do with the animals
Herd Share puts food standards in the hands of the producer to decide what standards they will adhere to.  Thus, if they want to sell their dairy products, they have to make the decision to uphold strict standards. They are not forced into anything. Its the responsibility of the consumer to check out their intended facility to see if it meets the standards they desire to purchase from.
Benefits:
  • Products may be transported to a drop off point or to a consumer's home
  • Allows for cheaper prices of products, due to fewer costs to maintain silly regulations and inconsistent regulations imposed on licensed dairies
  • Allows for a greater diversity of natural raw milk products
 
Downfalls:
  • Products may not be sold at a farmer's market, fair or off-farm store
  • The producer may only sell dairy off of ten goats, ten sheep and two cows.  Doesn't give a lot of room for as much milk to be produced

Licensed Raw to Retail

  •  Meet the strict and inconsistent facility requirements imposed on the producer
  • The producer is required to have a valid Food Handler's Permit.  However, many times the inspectors don't let the producer know that it is a requirement
  • The producer is required by Utah Law to follow the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) for safe handling of the udder and milk.  However, some licensed dairies are not following this and are told by their inspector that if their bacteria counts are good, that they don't have to follow PMO standards.
  • Goats must be tested for Brucellosis and cows for TB and Brucellosis.  Results must be sent to UDAF Dairy Manager.  One time test.
  • Log must be kept of the people who purchase milk from them
  • Waiver of liability is must be provided to the consumer. Basically this is a mini contract relieving the producer of liability in case of sickness.
  • Milk must be sold in an on-farm storeroom.  Can't be sold out of the house etc.  However, some inspectors don't force the storeroom.
  • Dairies are forced to comply which is not always the best policy
  •  The consumer must sign the waiver of liability
 The producer has to first meet UDAF facility requirements. Then they have to apply for the license to sell raw milk. If the inspector approves the facility and if the first bacteria counts are good, then the dairy obtains a permit to sell raw milk. UDAF calls it a Grade A dairy.  However, Federal calls it Raw to Retail and not Grade A dairy. State tests the milk monthly for Standard Plate Count, Coliform and somatic cell count. They do not routinely test for camphylobacteria. If at any time the counts are too high the permit to sell milk will temporarily be pulled.  Thus the producer is 'forced to comply', rather than complying to regulations on their own desires. Raw to Retail dairies cannot sell anything except for raw milk, without further licensing.  
Benefits
  • The producer may milk and sell raw milk from as many animals as he/she wants
 
Downfalls
  • Often the various inspectors rules that they impose on the producer are not consistent with each other.  ie/ One inspector will say that you must have a food handler's permit, another says you don't need one.  One inspector will enforce the safe disinfecting of udders, whereas others will say, "if your bacteria counts are great, you don't have to follow the safe disinfecting guidelines
  • Raw milk may only be sold from the on-farm store.  It may not be sold in an offsite store, farmer's market or fair.  The only exception is if the producer owns at least 51% of the profits of an off-site-store, they may transport and sell the raw milk from that off-site store.  This means that most small producers don't have enough money to sell, except from their farm
  • Often, even though the inspectors are great to work with, the facility required is too costly for many wanna-be producers to even get started. 
  • Many Licensed dairies and non-licensed strive to produce a safe and wholesome product.  However, not all dairies try.  Sometimes they let things slip when the inspector turns their back.  The reason is that they are forced to do a certain thing, rather than doing them because they strive for excellence on their own desire.  Thus, products from licensed dairies may give a false sense of security
  • Inspectors cannot be everywhere at all times. They cannot test milk at required cooling intervals, etc. Thus the security in the licensed facilities is false security.
  • Another false sense of security is that of no routine testing for camphylobacteria.  Utah does not routinely test for this because it is so hard to test for
  • Producer signs that the inspector has the right to come on the property at any time and go through the facility and herd. This can be good or bad, depending upon the inspector

Licensed Pasteurized

       

Licensed Cheese