Farmer sells goats in shares to support raw milk


Farmer Mookie Moss renounces his grade-A dairy license and sells his herd of dairy goats in shares to support raw milk.

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Farmer Mookie Moss has announced he is renouncing his grade-A dairy license and planning to sell his herd of 43 dairy goats in shares to support raw milk.

The move toward herd-sharing at Siskiyou Crest Goat Dairy marks the first time in Oregon that a certified diary has shirked the oversight of state food safety programs. It’s an emerging concept in dairy farming nationally, however, in which farmers avoid restrictions on the sale of raw dairy products — enforced by the Oregon Department of Agriculture in this state — by allowing consumers to own a portion of their herd.

Because raw dairy products are only legally available to people who own their own goats or cows in Oregon and other states, allowing customers to own a portion of the herd enables farmers like Moss to supply them with raw milk and cheese.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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