Take a Look at the Utah Goat and Cow Share Program
HB104 was passed into law in 2015, thanks to some hard working people who care about Utahans being able to obtain raw milk and raw milk products, without the producer having to put in an expensive licensed dairy. My State Representative Marc Roberts and State Senate Representative Mark Madsen were instrumental, with the help of many people helping and supporting HB104, to get it passed. I regret to say that I was not a part of this process, as I didn’t even find out about it until Feb 2016! However, Northern Dawn is so happy about this new Bill.
Northern Dawn is participating in HB104 program
We at Northern Dawn have raised quality dairy goats since 2009. Our goal is to provide for the consumer:
- Quality miniature dairy goats with conformation and udder conformation that will stand by you through thick and thin
- Provide long term milkers for milk consumers or people purchasing goats from us
- Easy to milk and easy kidders
- Dairy Herd Improvement Milk records to substantiate what our does do year after year, generation after generation
- Work to get a program together where we at Northern Dawn can provide raw milk consumers access to our nutritious high quality raw milk and raw milk products
For around the past four years, we at Northern Dawn have been working with the Utah State Department of Agriculture, off and on, to find out what the current milk safety requirements are. We have also been working with them to find out how to legalize a Raw to Retail Dairy in Utah. The Utah Department of Agriculture has been most helpful. Still, that system that is in place for a Raw to Retail Dairy didn’t hold exactly what we were looking for. Also we didn’t have the money to put in the facility that was require. Thus, we were stumped and stalled.
The current Utah Dairy Act does not allow for people to sell raw milk off the farm and no transportation of milk by the producer or producer’s agent, unless the dairy owns at least 51% of an off-farm retail store. Of course, that wouldn’t happen in our case. We at Northern Dawn believe in the nutrition of raw milk. The current Raw to Retail Dairy act doesn’t allow for sale of soft cheese or yogurt from raw milk. So, again, we were stumped.
Northern Dawn just discovered HB104; the Utah Goat (Cow and Sheep) Share program that was passed in 2015. We love this Bill and are in the process of implementing it as we blog this post. Our system is planned to include in-house bacteria and plate count testing, and we have done Somatic Cell Count testing for years. Those are important factors in producing quality raw milk. We are going to be finishing up our new mini-dairy and mini-milk product facility this spring. We also hold and plan to continue to hold a valid Utah Food Handler’s Permit. This is something required if we had decided to become a licensed Raw to Retail Utah Dairy. We will implement a simple milk cooling system to cool the milk to Raw to Retail Dairy standards or higher. Quick cooling is necessary for long term good tasting milk. We look forward to working with a local outside lab, as well. Through the Goat Share Bill (HB104), we will be able to provide quality raw milk and raw milk products to a small number of consumers. We are currently working closely with the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund to create this system for us.
Through the Utah Goat Share program, we at Northern Dawn look forward to sharing with you, the consumer our quality raw milk and milk products. Then when HB144 (or similar) Bill for Utah Food Freedom is passed, we will go full force to share more products with you; the consumer.
A special thank you to those who made this all possible.
Secure Your Goat Share
We have six Shares that will be left available. Email us at trunkbranches(at)yahoo(dot)com to secure your share. This will allow you to obtain quality raw milk and soon some raw milk cheeses, yogurt and kefir. Put Secure Goat Share in the subject line of the email you send us at Northern Dawn. We are in the process of setting up our legal Goat Share program, currently.
So What is HB104 Bill Anyway?
Lets look at what HB104 (Utah Goat Share says for you the consumer and me the producer)
9 This bill modifies the Utah Dairy Act by removing a prohibition on cow-sharing
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 ▸ modifies definitions;
14 ▸ removes the prohibition on owning, operating, organizing, or otherwise
15 participating in a cow-share program where the milk producing hoofed animal is
16 located in Utah;
17 ▸ states that the Utah Dairy Act does not apply to milk or milk products produced on
18 the farm if the milk or milk products are consumed by participants in a cow-share
20 ▸ states that the Department of Agriculture and Food may not adopt rules restricting
21 an individual’s ability to transfer or obtain:
22 • raw milk in accordance with the terms of a cow-share agreement; or
23 • an interest in a cow-share program in accordance with the terms of the
24 cow-share program agreement;
(2) “Cow-share program” means a program in which a person acquires an undivided
69 interest in a milk producing hoofed mammal through an agreement with a producer that
71 (a) a bill of sale for an interest in the mammal;
72 (b) a boarding arrangement under which the person boards the mammal with the
73 producer for the care and milking of the mammal and the boarding arrangement and bill of sale
74 documents remain with the program operator; [and]
75 (c) an arrangement under which the person receives raw milk for personal
76 [consumption.] use not to be sold or distributed in a retail environment or for profit; and
77 (d) no more than two cows, 10 goats, and 10 sheep per farm in the program.
78 (3) “Dairy product” means any product derived from raw or pasteurized milk.“
Summarizing HB104 Information Above
- We are not subject to the Utah Dairy Act.
- We can provide not only raw milk to a share holder, but also raw milk products
- Currently we are only allowed to have 10 of our goats on the share program
- Basically you hold a limited share in the Northern Dawn herd . This gives you the ability to obtain the milk and milk products and we at Northern Dawn still own the controlling interest and manage the herd.
- You, the consumer, pay a small initial fee to secure your limited share. Then you pay a fee for boarding the animal that is the same as the amount you would be paying per gallon of milk etc. This allows you to obtain raw milk and milk products that you would not necessarily be able to obtain though the Raw to Retail Licensed Dairy program
- If at anytime you choose to longer participate in the program with us, we would simply buy your share back.
Northern Dawn in the Goat Share Program
As mentioned above, we are in the process of setting up our legal Goat Share Program. We plan to have our facility meet the Raw to Retail Standards, plus go above and beyond some of those standards in cooling to Grade A standards.
At any time, you as the share holder are welcome to come out and visit and play with the goats. Come view the records that we will hold soon on bacteria, etc.
We would like to become a teaching facility, too, where we can show people how to become more self-sufficient.
Secure Your Goat Share Position
We have six Shares left available. Email us at trunkbranches(at)yahoo(dot)com to secure your share. This will allow you to obtain quality raw milk and soon some raw milk cheeses, yogurt and kefir. Put Secure Goat Share in the subject line of the email you send us at Northern Dawn. We are in the process of setting our legal Goat Share program, currently.