This site was created by Ernest Rando in support of Raw Milk producers in Illinois. This information comes from Donna OShaughnessy
32796 E. 750 N Rd , Chatsworth, Illinois 60921, United States, Blog Creator and Co-Owner of South-Pork Ranch
farm along with her husband Keith Parrish. Donna's Blog Raw Milk Topics
The Current Rules for raw milk sales are fairly simple when you can get them in one place but they are currently scattered within the (Grade A Pasteurized Milk and Milk Products Act
and have been open to much interpretation over the years. This is my own summary of those rules:
OK. Not such a bad goal. Many Illinois farmers have no idea where to look for the rules regarding raw milk sales. Reorganization could be good. Except that when "reorganized" the proposed rules came out looking like this:
Now, personally speaking, some of these rules, particularly ones about testing may not be so bad. We already do this at our own expense but its' important that I explain the consequences of some of the other rules. For brevity sake I'll just talk about the first two or "The Worst Two" as I like to think about them. I'll cover the others on future Mondays.
- All dairy farms shall be required to obtain a Grade A permit.
For those of us who may have had the permit before, but had it yanked from us by IDPH when we made the decision to sell direct to consumers ONLY, it would take very little to return to these standards. Most have been following them all along but for those farmers with just a few goats or cows who have never been Grade A, it would cost a MINIMUM of $20,000 for a very small very basic Grade A Dairy. We're not just talking about following the rules but also the concrete floors that must be poured, the pipelines that must be installed, the stainless steel bulk milk tanks to be purchased and put in place. Now couple that with the next proposed rule...
- Only unsolicited sales are permitted and cannot exceed 100 gallons a month regardless of species.
So, lets assume the average price per gallon of raw milk is $8. If you can only sell 100 gallons, how long would it take you to raise the capital to build your Grade A Dairy? And if you have to be Grade A before you can sell that milk then you will have to come up with that money long before you could start milking. This means that even if you own just ONE cow or ONE sheep or ONE goat and you sell any part of that milk you have to build a Grade A Dairy. With a limit of 100 gallons a month or roughly a annual revenue of $9600 it would be difficult to call your farm "sustainable."
Are you starting to see the picture here? And I've only barely touched on two of theproposed rules.
My husband laid it out best when he said "It's not that they are going to make raw milk sales illegal, they're just going to make them impossible."
What can you do? If you live in Illinois stay tuned to this blog
or this website
. Action plans are being written. If you know of a raw milk farmer in Illinois ask him/her if aware of these proposed rules . If not please have them to call me at 815-635-3414. If you are a follower who lives out of state, stay turned anyway. We will need your support.