Saturday, March 28, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

End raw deal for raw milk, Yamada says in Vacaville

5 raw milk

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, speaks during a press conference to allow on-farm sales at micro-dairy farms in Vacaville, Friday. (Ryan McCarthy/Daily Republic)

By
From page A3 | April 05, 2014 |

VACAVILLE — Milk from the farm tastes like vanilla ice cream, says a Northern California rancher who backs a bill by state Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada to allow on-farm sales at micro-dairy farms.

Doniga Markegard, a rancher in Half Moon Bay on the San Mateo County coast, was among supporters of Yamada’s legislation who appeared at a press conference Friday at a Vacaville ranch.

“There is a huge demand in California,” Markegard said of raw milk.

“They want to know where their food comes from,” the rancher said of people who prefer milk straight from farms. “They are not content with just going to the supermarket.”

These people want to know how animals are treated and what they are fed, she said.

Yamada, D-Davis, said her bill, set for a hearing Wednesday at the Capitol in Sacramento by the Agriculture Committee, would provide California’s small family farms a way to legally share their milk.

“We just want to make sure,” the assemblywoman said, that this farm product “is able to come out of the shadows.”

A dairy farm now has to obtain a permit, build special milking rooms and pay for regular inspections to share raw milk, which has not been heat-treated by pasteurization. The assemblywoman’s bill defines home dairy farms as having no more than three cows or 15 goats and incorporates the small-scale raw milk producers into safety and sanitation standards that are the same required for Grade A raw market milk.

“We want to stress that this milk will not be a retail product,” Yamada said at the Phoenix Ranch on Midway Road.

Yamada called the legislation a simple, common-sense measure.

Markegard said at the press conference that she spoke with a local Farm Bureau representative who remembers walking down a country road to pick up a gallon of milk from a neighbor.

“This is a common story in rural in California,” said the rancher.

Pattie Chelseth, a farmer in El Dorado County, said at the press conference that three years ago the California Department of Food and Agriculture served her with a cease-and-desist order because people who paid her to take care of their cows got raw milk from the animals.

“We have the most pristine milk in the state,” she said.

The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office later resolved the matter, Chelseth said.

Yamada said even if her measure passes, grocery stores will remain where milk is usually obtained.

“Most people are still going to get their milk from conventional sources,” she said.

Yamada represents the 4th Assembly District that includes all or parts of Solano, Sonoma, Yolo, Colusa, Lake and Napa counties.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 5 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • The MisterApril 04, 2014 - 6:23 pm

    Support Raw Milk!!! Ban Fascism!!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Bill SheffordsApril 05, 2014 - 6:53 am

    I'm 65, and drank raw milk - delivered to the doorstep by the guy that milked the cows - from birth to age 18. So did just about every person I knew. I haven't had raw milk since then, but I have always hated Facists, who would presume to micro-mange the lives of the rest of us. It only works because we allow them to do it.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Craig WilsonApril 05, 2014 - 7:27 am

    Perhaps the law could allow a "Disease Notification" waiver, where customers are warned of bacterial contamination. That's the same notice I see in a restaurant menu where you can order eggs "sunnyside up". There's a greater risk, but it's reasonably disclosed.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rich GiddensApril 05, 2014 - 8:18 am

    Thank you Assemblywoman Yamada. Your Libertarian views are greatly appreciated by all. This is the smartest thing you've ever done! Keep up the good work!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JimboApril 05, 2014 - 9:28 pm

    Yeah, sure. Buy untested raw milk from unregulated farmers. What ever could possibly go wrong?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Sheepdogs, handlers flock to Rio Vista for trials

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Fraisure Smith hearing delayed twice Friday

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1, 14 Comments | Gallery

Luncheon honors women for their work to help others

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Solano Rotary clubs honor top firefighters from across county

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Eatery to host event to support child with cancer

By Glen Faison | From Page: A3

 
Project begins to brighten downtown Fairfield

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3, 19 Comments | Gallery

 
Fairfield police log: March 26, 2016

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9, 1 Comment

Suisun police log: March 26, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
Going home to mother

By Murray Bass | From Page: B10, 2 Comments

 
.

US / World

 
Jury says Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

 
Public defender: San Francisco jail inmates forced to fight

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Gov. Brown signs $1 billion water plan for dry California

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
NY mayor: Someone may have ‘inappropriately’ tapped gas line

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Feds: Baltimore jail illegally keeping juveniles in solitary

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Fetus debate looms following charges in womb-cutting case

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
 
‘Sopranos’ star’s apartment destroyed by blast

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Pilot who scared passengers sues airline

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

‘Mad Men’ costumes, props head to Smithsonian

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
US economy showing signs of durability

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7, 1 Comment

Mexico City businesses cite losses during Bond filming

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Nelson set to return to role as Coach

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
German airline could face ‘unlimited’ damages for Alps crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Co-pilot appeared healthy, but may have hidden illness

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

Warships move in key strait as airstrikes widen in Yemen

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
Iran says nuke talks focused despite Yemen crisis

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

At least 9 dead as militants attack hotel in Somali capital

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italy high court

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

.

Living

Books as decor: Versatile but meaningful design elements

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR1Comments are off for this post | Gallery

 
Today in History: March 28, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Community Calendar: March 28, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Horoscopes: March 28, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B6

My elderly mother is so stingy I’m finding excuses not to visit her

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B6

 
The newest fitness trend: Mixing it up

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

.

Entertainment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
‘Teen Mom’ star charged in picture posting case

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

People: Zane Malik

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Larry David Broadway role handed to Jason Alexander

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

‘Stomp’ stopped by NYC blast

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Mannequin museum show hits New York

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

.

Sports

Ranuado goes 6 for Rangers’ but A’s rally for 7-6 win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Notre Dame beats Stanford women 81-60, advances to Elite Eight

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Curry, Thompson lead Warriors in rout over Grizzlies

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Evans helps desperate Pelicans end skid vs. Kings, 102-88

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Chicago rooftop owner charged with trying to defraud Cubs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Gift returns: Sterling wife wants house, $1 million

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Shaq acknowledges regret about decision to leave Magic

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
NASCAR topic: Cheating with tire pressure, or just hot air?

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Hot Rod Hundley, former NBA player and Jazz announcer, dies

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Area resident Jimmy Walker takes lead in Texas Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Logano wins Martinsville pole; Elliott to start 27th

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
A-Rod’s cousin pleads guilty in Florida steroids case

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Durant to have another surgery, miss rest of season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
This date in sports history for March 28, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

.

Home Seller 3/28/2015

Books as decor: Versatile but meaningful design elements

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR1Comments are off for this post | Gallery

Real estate transactions for March 28, 2015

By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR2