Michael weighs in on the discussion about Cow Share Canada and it’s emerging role in the raw milk marketplace:
I reviewed with interest the responses to my last post on the Bovine and on several Facebook pages.
Once again it is remarkable how quickly people jump to conclusions with or without in fact knowing all the relevant facts.
The repeated call for CSC guidelines to be published indicates as if there is the assumption that CSC has assumed the authority to supervise the raw milk production or control the raw milk market.
Nothing is further from the truth. Any farmer can jump into the raw milk market under the cow share model if they wish to do so. They can create their own safety standards, their own cow share contracts and their own way of marketing be it on or off the farm.
The question of oversight has to be handled by those who agree to enter into a private arrangement or agreement. Yes, trust is a significant part of this agreement. Making an “informed” decision by consumers cannot only be based on romantic notions that raw is better than processed. It is important to recognize that there is more to raw than assuming it is better.
Understanding the complexity of producing a superior product goes far beyond hygiene and pulling teats. Understanding soil fertility, feeding, breeding, animal care, processing and storing are all factors which lead to the wholistic approach of food safety.
Running around to buy a bunch of cows and having a barn will not cut it.
Cow Share Canada attempts to educate and set standards for those who accept that they do not know and look for help in order to do the best they can.
You might want to look at CSC as a quality seal which can give consumers and farmers the assurance that there is a safety protocol in place.
At the moment everything is loosy goosy here in the country and once again we are talking about a raw milk frency which has created a market opportunity for many but only a few in fact have the proper tools and not all have the right intentions.
Let me explain that my attempt regarding this matter is to provide a certain level of quality assurance to those who seek to consume raw milk.
I also feel that sincere farmers will understand that in the long term we are better off to provide a measure of security and standard than a quick buck made from uninformed consumers.
Any questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eric and Judith have joined CSC and asked for my support and stood behind our decision to improve their operation. If you want the support and the seal of approval than you can either follow basic standards or face the music when your Government inspectors knock on the door. Big words of condemnation and posturing on the blog will not change the world of bureaucrats. I am sure they are watching with amusement the confusion because we are in fact our worst enemy, not them.
With kind regards