Raw milk is milk from cows, sheep, or goats that has not been pasteurized to kill bacteria.
Raw Cow Milk
To sell raw cow milk directly from the farm to consumers, a producer is required to obtain a Raw Milk Sales Part 2 permit. Even if the farmer gives away one gallon of milk, a permit is required.
To receive a permit the farmer must:
- Have a Brucellosis ring test on file with the Department’s Division of Animal Industry.
- Have a tuberculosis test performed on each animal.
- Be enrolled in the Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS) program and must have a report showing that each animal was tested for pathogens, including but not limited to Staph. Aureus and E. Coli.
- Have a milk sample tested for Salmonella, Listeria, Escherichia coliform, E. Coli 0157:H7, Campylobacter, and Staphylococci.
- These tests are required initially and monthly.
- Have a satisfactory farm water test on file.
Raw Goat or Sheep Milk
Please contact us for the requirements to sell raw goat’s or sheep’s milk.