Monthly Archives: December 2008

Ontario’s last small dairy — the story of Sunrise Dairy in Wingham, 1934 – 1998

Sun rise dairy in Wingham Ontario

Early days at Sunrise Dairy in Wingham Ontario

The significance of this tale is that the demise of Ontario’s last small dairy seems to have been caused by questionable actions on the part on Ontario’s Milk Marketing Board, whose mandate is to administrating supply management of dairy products in the Province. The former Milk Marketing Board now calls itself “The Dairy Farmers of Ontario”. The following is the text of a presentation given by Bernie Bailey at Michael Schmidt’s November 18th news conference at Queen’s Park Toronto. To our knowledge, no other media besides the Bovine have yet picked up this story which was first presented more than a month ago:

“Hello, my name is Bernie Bailey, I owned the last licensed processing dairy in western Ontario. I am here to bring to your attention evidence of the manipulation and neglect of the written law by the very civil servants who are required to honourably enforce it. Although, my journey is three decades in the making, it is timely, and thus will shed light on what is happening to industries today. This story is complex, yet I am aware of time, so therefore, will focus in three main areas today. Continue reading


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Author Pam Killeen on raw milk safety


Nov. 18, 2008 at Queens Park, Toronto

Nov. 18, 2008 at Queen's Park, Toronto

November 18, 2008
Pam Killeen (author, raw milk consumer)

The opposite of dirty milk is not pasteurized milk.
The opposite of dirty milk is clean milk.

“Approximately 100 years ago, pasteurization was introduced as a way to combat tuberculosis, infant diarrhea and other diseases caused by poor animal nutrition and dirty production methods. However, today, thanks to advancements in science and technology, refrigerated trucks, stainless steel tanks, milking machines and inspection methods make it possible to produce local, safe, clean raw milk. Consumers of raw milk here in Ontario are asking that the laws surrounding the ban of raw milk be revised in order to reflect this 21st century reality.

Even before mandatory pasteurization laws were established, public health officials recognized that there were dramatic hygienic differences between the animal husbandry practices of grass-feeding and stall-feeding dairy cattle. According to a statement published in the American Journal of Public Health in 1928 (American J Public Health 18:634,1928): Continue reading

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Newcastle University study reveals advantages of organic dairy farming

This study from Newcastle University in Britain, was published in May 2008. This study does not, however, address differences between pasteurized and raw milk; maybe next year. Here’s part of what they say in their press release:

Pasture and hay are a cows natural diet.

Pasture and hay are a cow's natural diet.

“The Nafferton Ecological Farming Group [at Newcastle University] study found that grazing cows on organic farms in the UK produce milk which contains significantly higher beneficial fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins than their conventional ‘high input’ counterparts.

During the summer months, one of the beneficial fats in particular – conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA9 – was found to be 60% higher. Continue reading

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Raw milk roundup #3 — 25 new stories

Milk delivery in New England

Milk delivery in New England

Michael Schmidt mock trial, and landowner group seeks exemption for on-farm sales (Owen Sound Sun Times)

Chris Gupta picks up the Michael Schmidt story

Ruling against Schmidt a grave injustice (letter to Owen Sound Sun Times editor)

Jonesing for raw milk in NY, NY

Blue Skies Urban Farm — moving towards sustainable living
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Raw milk symposium being planned for January 31st, 2009 in Toronto

farmer Michael Schmidt speaks to the media at Queens Park

Farmer Michael Schmidt talks raw milk to the media at Queen's Park

UPDATED Dec. 22, 2008

The Bovine learned yesterday that raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt and his supporters plan to host a raw milk symposium during the final weekend of January 2009 in Toronto.  The plan is to bring in luminaries in the raw milk movement to address a wide range of topics related to raw milk. The legal side of things will also be addressed.

The symposium will take place Saturday January 31, from 10 am to 5 pm and will be followed by a wine and cheese party from 5 to 8 pm .  Speakers will included Dr. Ron Hull, Dr. Ted Beals, Mark McAfee and Michael Schmidt. The symposium will be the week following the Guelph Organic conference and will be in the middle of Michael Schmidt’s trial on charges laid in connection with the raid on Glencolton Farms in November of 2006. The Bovine will be reporting further details as they become available.


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Q-fever test condemns lead cow to death in Washington state raw dairy

Dinah, the lead cow

Dinah, the lead cow

Once again we see that legalization and state regulation of raw milk production is not always a complete or easy solution. Here’s an example of a Washington state farmer who’s getting the feeling that government regulators are intentionally making it “difficult” for him to operate his legal raw dairy. Sounds like California all over again. But this time it’s not bacteria levels in milk that’s been sitting on store shelves, it’s a positive test for an obscure illness. One wonders how accurate that test is, anyway. Some “scientific” tests have been known to be less accurate and dependable than one might have expected.

Excerpts and photos are from Kurtwood Farms blog, and in particular, these posts:  The tough world of a dairy (Oct 30, and La Vie Simple (Dec. 11).

From “The tough world of a dairy”:

“I had no idea having a small dairy would be so difficult.  Really.  No idea.  It seemed like it would be all goodness and fun.  Cows are lovely, beautiful and fresh milk is tasty and good.  Deal, I’m in.

I had no idea. Continue reading

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60% of doctors “just say no” to flu shot

Click on image above to go to a page where you can watch a doctor tell you that taking the flu shot is a good thing to do.

Click on image above to go to a page where you can watch a doctor tell you that taking the flu shot is a good idea. Note: frame grab above is from accompanying ad.

A little off-topic here, but drug use is not part of a complete childhood or a healthy diet in the Bovine’s books. So it’s interesting to see yet another case of “do as I say, not as I do” coming out of the medical profession. And we’re not even going to any indie news source for this one. You can’t get more mainstream than abc news. Click on the video image to go to a page where you can play a video of a doctor telling you the flu shot is a good thing to get. Here’s an excerpt from that abc news story titled “Docs talk the talk, but do they take flu shot?”:

“Every fall, the public is barraged by messages from doctors, nurses and other health care providers to get a flu vaccination to protect against the influenza virus.

But the truth is, some doctors and nurses might talk the talk without walking the walk. Continue reading


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“Unpasteurized milk poses health risks without benefits” seems to be the new “party line” of establishment “science”

Science -- sold to the highest bidder!

"Scientific proof" -- sold to the highest bidder!

We live in a world in which “scientific proof” is often sold to the highest bidder — usually corporations who can fund those expensive double-blind clinical studies. Perhaps you have a profitable new drug that you’d like to bring to market. Or maybe your product’s market share is being threatened by a natural competitor that no one can figure out how to make money providing — and you’d like to “blacklist” it in the public mind. If you’ve got the money, there will be a scientist who’ll craft you a study to prove what you need proven. See the blog Science for Sale for cases in point.

Anecdotal evidence on the other hand, is widely disparaged these days as unscientific, but it’s something that makes sense to people, and it’s often the only kind of evidence that researchers whose research subjects don’t interest corporate sponsors will have access to. Dave Milano has some great things to say in praise of anecdotal evidence in a recent comment on this Complete Patient post:

“In a somewhat playful letter published eight years ago in the British medical journal The Lancet, a physician made several comments regarding the value of anecdote that warmed my heart. He acknowledged that publication in a modern medical journal is “unlikely to follow anecdotal observation” but also made the point that a mere couple of generations ago, during a time when, not incidentally, many important medical discoveries were being made, it was very common to rely on anecdote as a base for decision making, and for inclusion in respected medical literature. Here is a quote from his letter: Continue reading

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Manna Storehouse Coop SWAT raid #7 — The Stowers tell their story

Ohio’s Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions is taking legal action on behalf of the Stowers of Manna Storehouse Coop. Here’s a statement about the case published today on the Buckeye Institute website.:

Columbus – The Buckeye Institute’s 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today took legal action against the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Lorain County Health Department for violating the constitutional rights of John and Jacqueline Stowers of LaGrange, Ohio. The Stowers operate an organic food cooperative called Manna Storehouse. ODA and Lorain County Health Department agents forcefully raided their home and unlawfully seized the family’s personal food supply, cell phones and personal computers. The legal center seeks to halt future similar raids. The complaint was filed in Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.
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Michael Schmidt pre-trial hearing December 22, 2008 in Newmarket

farmer Michael Schmidt

farmer Michael Schmidt

Cow Lovers, cow share members, friends and supporters are invited to come out for the occasion. Here’s the text of a recent email that went out:

It would be wonderful to have some supporters come out on Monday morning the 22nd of December to Michael’s Pre-trial hearing at 9:00. Second floor of the building on North end in the Provincial Courts.

Please Mark the trial dates on your calendar: January 26th-30th and February 4-5th.

Location: 465 Davis Drive in Newmarket at the Tannery Building, east of Yonge. Going east on Davis Drive it is just across the tracks on the north side.

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