“Neither raw milk nor rare sheep make Michael Schmidt sick. Bureaucracy does.
The Durham-area dairy farmer has long been a vocal advocate for raw milk, and has battled tirelessly to legalize the sale of unpasteurized milk. It has taken him in and out of court, through a personal hunger strike, and left him on the radar of the Ontario government.
This month, his outspoken fight for the rights of the farmer has landed him in hot water once again; this time over the disappearance of a flock of rare sheep.
On Aug. 2, police and a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) investigator visited his Glencolton Farm to seize telephone and computer equipment. The raid was in connection with 31 sheep the CFIA claims were illegally removed from a quarantined eastern Ontario farm in April. That farm, operated by Linda “Montana” Jones, was also visited by officials earlier this month….”
Subsequent to this story, charges have been laid, and a court appearance is scheduled for January 23, 2013.