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New Idaho Raw Milk Law - HB 675

House Bill 675 was signed into law on April 11, 2010.  The new law requires any dairy farmer operating herdshare programs to obtain a permit if that farmer has more than seven cows, fifteen sheep or fifteen goats in the herd.  

Under the new law, the owner of a share may obtain raw milk and raw milk products if there is a written contract between the owner and the farmer that provides written evidence of a bona fide ownership in the herd; the contract must also include the boarding terms for the herd, a provision that the owner is entitled to receive a share of the milk or milk products from the herd, and a notification that the milk or milk products are raw and not pasteurized.  

Any dairy farm operating a shareholder program with more than three cows, seven sheep or seven goats must comply with milk testing requirements specified in the law.  All shareholder dairies must register with the state and must test their animals each year for tuberculosis and brucellosis.  Under prior law, herdshare programs were not regulated; the law on the sale of raw milk has not changed.  Those producers obtaining a retail raw milk permit can still sell raw milk on the farm and in retail stores.

Read House Bill No. 675

Idaho Statesman, 2/12/10

One of Idaho's most powerful businessmen has allied with an underground movement of raw-milk to take on the biggest force in Idaho agriculture - the $2.1 billion dairy industry.

Frank VanderSloot, the founder of Melaleuca Inc. - with $850 million in annual sales - tried to kill a new rule aimed at bringing scores of small raw dairies under the Idaho Department of Agriculture's regulation.

But for one vote in the House Agriculture Committee, the Idaho Falls wellness products magnate would have succeeded in overturning the rule. The story of how he almost rolled an industry that produces 1.5 billion gallons a year - with a cash value topping beef and potatoes combined - offers a window into a growing cadre of raw-milk enthusiasts who tread far from the grocery dairy cooler for nonpasteurized milk. More...