TEXAS: Booming business: Area dairymen who sell raw - unpasteurized - milk can't meet growing demand

Posted: January 18th, 2011 - 3:02pm
Source: Star-Telegram

FORT WORTH -- The grocery store dairy case is stocked full with every kind of milk. Whole milk. Reduced-fat milk. Low-fat milk. Skim milk. Buttermilk. Acidophilus milk.

Comedian Lewis Black rants that soy milk, another choice, isn't milk at all.

"They couldn't sell soy juice, so they call it soy milk," he says. "Because anytime you say 'soy juice' you actually" -- Black pauses, his throat working -- "start to gag."

What you won't see at a Texas supermarket is raw or "real" milk.

Mike Moyers, a 6-foot-4 dairyman who operates Sandy Creek Farm, in Bridgeport, says that raw milk has never once made him sick and that drinking it obviously didn't stunt his growth.

He sells all the raw milk his 30 head of brown Swiss cows can produce. The unpasteurized product is available to consumers for $5 a gallon at his farm, the only place he can legally sell it.

In Texas consumers can buy raw milk only by going to the "point of production," i.e., the pasture-based farm and buying it directly from the farmer -- provided the farm has a Grade A Raw for Retail Milk Permit issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

House Bill 75 would legalize the sale of raw dairy products by licensed farmers at farmers markets and farm stands.

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