Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt, “Durham’s Dairy Desperado”, will be convicted or exonerated in eight days time, on January 21st in Newmarket

Michael has finally been able to get his hands on a photo from the time when he rode into town for the Olympic flame parade with his son and one of the farm’s helpers.

Durham's Dairy Desperados -- the raw milkers -- ride into town to join the Olympic flame parade.

It was looking to be a slow news day towards the end of December for Globe and Mail reporter Kate Hammer, who was covering the passage of the Olympic torch as it made its way across the hinterland. But when Michael Schmidt and his band of cowboys rode into town to join the parade, she took advantage of the opportunity to write a story on “Durham’s Dairy Desperado” — or at least that’s how Michael tells it.

Michael says “We wanted to join the parade to bring some style to the event, since Coca-Cola and the Royal Bank were giving the parade such an overwhelmingly commercial flavour. People in the audience cheered when they saw the farmers on their horseback bringing some real down to earth character to the parade.”

Eight days from now, Michael Schmidt, and the world, will learn the verdict from his trial last year at about this time on a host of raw-milk-related charges stemming from a raid on Glencolton Farms back in November of 2006 by officers of the Ministry of Natural Resources. Following the court proceedings, beginning at 12 noon there will be an indoor rally of raw milk supporters and media across the street from the Old Tannery, where the court decision will be handed down. Check our Events page for full details.

Click here to read the Bovine’s excerpt of Kate Hammer’s story in the Globe and Mail about Durham’s Dairy Desperado — the one who keeps the raw milk flowing.

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  1. anita oliveira

    jsut want to say good for YOU…..God made milk this way and its to our bodys’ benefit to have good bacteria. we also made people say they paid some money for part ownership of our cow so we could do like you. people loved it. even my vet said if you know the cow and know its not sick, its the best thing for you and your kids.

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