Here’s an edited version of a recent email from Gordon Watson from British Columbia:
I am very happy to hear that the Dykes are thinking about producing sheep’s milk for the Vancouver market. I will help them in every way, to get something going with it. In the Milk Industry Act the term “cattle”, milk from which is caught by the Act, is defined as bovine and caprine = cows and goats. Thus, sheep are categorically EXcluded from the laws to do with raw milk for human consumption.
For Home on the Range to offer sheep milk for sale = NOT via a share in the flock is the ideal way for making the point that dairying to obtain REAL MILK can be done safely. As long as you keep all the paperwork in order ( more or less! ) with the shareholders in the herd, there is nothing to prevent you simply brokering the sheep milk. Continue reading