Request For Dairy Production Photos from Gary Anderson

Many of you attended one of the three raw milk meetings we had across the state the last couple months. We are currently planning to have a meeting of all licensed processors at the Dept of Ag with a tentative date of April 16. We hope that this meeting can answer questions about what testing is done in Augusta (and that is the reason why we are having the meeting in Augusta so that Linda Stahlnecker is able to be with us to answer questions), what type of testing is available in Orono for mastitis and sanitation issues, updated information on food safety issues, open discussion with the milk inspectors and a chance to talk with the person responsible for the milk program. A key part of the day is devoted to answering questions that you have.

My request to you is that I am looking for pictures of animal housing, milking parlors, milking stands, stanchion setups, bulk tank rooms, milk cans, milk storage, cheeserooms, vats and cold storage to answer questions about licensed facilities and how they carry on their milking and processing. If you are willing to provide pictures from your operation and can email me photos from your phone, camera, etc. I would appreciate it very much. I can visit farms, but I am trying to reduce travel costs.

If you have questions/concerns, please let me know.

–Gary Anderson
University of Maine Cooperative Extension

LD 1786 Public Hearing Scheduled for March 4th

A public hearing before the Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for LD 1786 “An Act To Allow the Sale of Unregulated Farm-produced Dairy Products at the Site of Production” has been scheduled for

Tuesday, March 04, 2014, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 214, Augusta, ME

You may testify at the public hearing or submit written testimony. Written testimony should be sent to the appropriate committee at: 100 SHS, Augusta, Maine 04333-0100. Persons with special needs who wish to attend a Legislative hearing and require accommodations should notify the Legislative Information Office as soon as possible: 207-287-1692, TTY 207-287-6826, FAX 207-287-1580, webmaster-lio@legislature.maine.gov

Fuzzy Udder Creamery, Whitefield ME

Fuzzy Udder Creamery just moved to Whitefield Maine! Cheesemaker, farmer, and activist Jessie Dowling makes a variety of fresh and aged cheeses made from cow, goat, and sheep’s milk. Jessie is so excited to be opening her new creamery at the former home of Townhouse Creamery in Whitefield Me. The cheeseroom is three times the size of her former one in Unity. Jessie has a small herd of sheep and goats, and buys in organic jersey cow milk from nearby farms. She makes fresh hand-stretched mozzarella, brie, fresh sheep and goat cheese, ash layered soft-ripened cheese, washed rinds, tomme, gouda, alpine style, baby provolone and sheep’s milk yogurt. Check out Fuzzy Udder’s website to find out more about Jessie’s cheese and where you can find it!

www.fuzzyudder.com

35 Townhouse Road
Whitefield ME 04353
ph: 549-3817

Serving the interest of cheese-makers and cheese lovers in Maine and beyond