Farm Support

Raw Milk

RAW MILK SUPPLIERS

Farmers need to start registering with MPI now, as according to current regulations.

The Raw Drinking Milk Producers of New Zealand (RDMPNZ) is an organisation formed by producers for support and to communicate with MPI. Through this communication we have had many parts of the new regs amended following comments and suggestions from us throughout the designing stage. While we accept that some aspects of the new regs are a little over the top or unnecessary, they are now in place so we all need to find a way to work with them. RDMPNZ is here to make this transition process smoother for all involved.

It is important for producers to understand that producing RDM is a lot more intense than for factory milk, such as preparation of the udder for milking.

For more info, contact Chairman Mark Houston, mark@villagemilk.co.nz , or IPC Ray Riding, ridings@farmside.co.nz.

MPI Summary of the Regulations

You can have a weakened immune system through surgery, certain medications, and long-term (chronic) illnesses.

Risks remain

While these regulations are intended to better manage the health risks of raw milk, they will not eliminate them. The safest option is to consume only pasteurised milk, or to heat raw milk to 70 degrees Celsius, and hold it at that temperature for 1 minute. If you don't have a thermometer, heat the milk until it reaches boiling (or scald the milk).

Who to contact

If you have questions about raw milk, email info@mpi.govt.nz