Raw milk bill dies in Montana Senate

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A Montana bill fell one vote short of passing the state’s Senate, meaning that raw milk sales will remain illegal in the state. 

The Montana House passed House Bill 574 last month, but changes made to the bill by the Senate Agriculture Committee further restricted raw milk sales.

Among the many changes, the Senate’s bill would have made dairies selling raw milk to meet the “Grade A” standards of larger diaries and required consumers buying milk from a small herd to participate in an animal-share program., according to the Billings (Mont.) Gazette.

 Even the bill’s original supporters wanted it defeated after the Senate’s changes were added.

The Senate initially killed the measure on Wednesday but voted on Thursday to reconsider the bill. However, after the second vote, the Senate came up one vote short to advance the bill. Click here to read more.

Not everyone in the state backed the bill. Many of the state’s dairy industry were outspoken opponents to it, including Jeff Lewis, owner of the MuJuice Dairy near Corvallis, Mont.

“We have a dairy industry in the state of Montana, and it’s something that we all bust our butts to make a living at,” dairy farmer Jeff Lewis told the Missoulian. “The biggest issue I see with the bill is it would completely undermine the dairy industry. It doesn’t put us on an even playing field.”

Read, “Dairy farmer: Montana raw milk bill would 'undermine' industry.”

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Dairy Sucks    
NC  |  April, 22, 2013 at 02:25 PM

Good for Montana! Now if they will ban the nasty stuff entirely then there would really be cause to celebrate. It amazes me that so many people have been brainwashed by the dairy industry into thinking that we need dairy milk and other products for essential health. I haven't touched dairy products in nearly 40 years and my health is all-the-better for it. I have no calcium deficiency so why do I need dairy? I do drink almond milk which tastes better and has more useable calcium than dairy. I realize everyone can't drink almond milk because of allergies but with no dairy in the house the days of a colicky baby are just a memory and remember that dairy has zero fiber so no more constipated babies as well. Cow milk was intended for one purpose only and that was to provide nourishment for a calf and not humans. Think about this, would you take breast milk from a woman and feed it to a calf? Also, show me a cow or any other animal that will continue to drink from it's mother after it's been weened. Only man with his great intellect is foolish enough to continue drinking milk from a cow after being weened from the mother.

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