Raw milk is milk from cows, sheep, or goats that has not been pasteurized to kill bacteria. Learn more about raw milk from the New York State Department of Health.

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, E. coli O157: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.