Dairy farmer shuts down a year on from raw milk regulation changes in Victoria
Categories: On The Farm
One of the main dairy farmers pushing for the introduction of legal raw drinking milk in Victoria has shut down his farm after sales dropped by 70%.
The death of a three-year-old boy in 2014, which was linked to the consumption of unpasteurised bath milk, prompted changes to dairy licences in Victoria, including the mandatory addition of bittering agentsto stop people drinking what was being marketed as cosmetic milk.
Reg Matthews, from Lakes Entrance in Gippsland, said he had now shut down his Miranda Dale Dairy and sold off his cows because he had not been able to recover from the changes.
"We had a five-year plan put in place, and that came to fruition in late 2014, just about the same time that the raw milk was discontinued," he said.
"But when those changes were introduced, that just knocked the socks off us for any future we had."
Mr Matthews has sold off his herd, but said he would retain an interest in the raw milk debate and would continue to push for legislation allowing for the legal sale of raw drinking milk in Victoria.
Earlier this year Miranda Dale Dairy indicated it was unable to comply with new standards to "treat products so as to deter human consumption".