Milk Sales Are Illegal, but Milk Can Still Be Sold

In the state of North Carolina, the sale of fresh farm milk is illegal–and for good reason.   No, these sales are not illegal because milk is what it is, but because human beings eager for money are what they are.  These sales must be illegal because men are evil and don’t care about the health of their neighbors enough to handle a perishable product like milk reliably, so we must all suffer for it.

Nevertheless, those who exited the dairying business because of these regulations were not wise for doing so.  In fact, I would say that they were just lazy.  The milk produced on a dairy can be used to serve other markets on a diversified farm which can become very profitable.

What we’ll notice is that soon after dairies went out of business, hog farms began closing.  Why?  The flow of fresh milk was a source of hog feed and when the farmer closed his dairy, he also set himself up to lose his hog farm.  We’ll see the same thing in the egg and poultry industry, where milk traditionally provided for a great deal of the farm’s self-produced feed.

Here on our farm, we can’t sell our milk, but we feed it to our chickens and pigs and that cuts the most expensive portion of livestock feed–protein–out from our operations.  My wife pasteurizes 2-3 gallons or so for family use, makes a batch of cottage cheese with some more, puts some aside for yogurt, and the rest goes to the chickens and pigs…several gallons per day.  As a result, no one locally can compete with our pig, poultry and egg production because they could never afford enough feed to compare with ours.

What money we might lose from milk regulations, we simply gain in pig and poultry sales.  Farmers need to think and work, not quit if one brainless business operation is taken away from them.

God bless,
William Michael

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3 Responses to Milk Sales Are Illegal, but Milk Can Still Be Sold

  1. Jackie says:

    Because you have all that milk for your pigs, does it mean you dont have to grain them or not as much? Are they free ranged? How do you save money on feed for them? Have you considered raising a crop of Rape to pasture them in, also?
    God bless you…

    • wmclaa says:

      The expensive part of feed is protein, which on most farms means either (a) commercially produced pid feed or (b) oil bean meals. By “oil bean” I mean beans from which oil is extracted and a high protein “meal” left behind. Corn costs us $6.00/bushel, which is very cheap and we ration 4lbs of ground corn per day per pig. So, to that core ration, we can add anything that’s available–milk, whey, kitchen waste, soybean meal, etc.–to supply their protein needs and fill out their diet.
      Our dairy largely supplies their protein need and eliminates the expensive part of their diet.

      We raise our pigs in a rocky soil area near our main market building so they are in view from the road, They don’t stay with us long, so I’d never grow a crop for them.

  2. Yes, the cow/pig/chicken triad which sustained most of Europe for centuries can still keep a family with five or so acres in food, thanks be to God; ruminants convert grass into fat and protein for everyone.

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