The future of raw drinking milk sales from the farm gate has Federated Farmers stepping back into the fresh milk issue. The Federation believes farmers and consumers should have the option of selling and buying raw drinking milk from the farm gate.
“What we’re consulting members on is the legal means to sell raw milk from the farm gate. Not that we want to compete with the supermarkets,” says Willy Leferink, Federated Farmers Dairy chairperson.
“Why on earth would we when you can buy two litres of fresh milk cheaper at Karori New World than at Coles in Sydney? Perhaps some have realised consumers aren’t being ripped off; let’s face it milk has fallen off the electoral radar.
“What we’re talking to our members about is the old ‘five litre rule’ for selling unpasteurised or raw milk from the farm gate. These rules are long in the tooth and come from a time when pasteurised milk in rural areas was hard to get and fridges were a luxury item.
“Federated Farmers believes farmers and consumers should have the ability to sell and buy raw drinking milk. It’s why we need members to complete our online survey to give us the data we need. There are several options going forward and we need their help to form the right view.