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.