Got raw milk? Virginia farmers use 'herd sharing' loophole
July 2, 2017
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Bright and early at Avery's Branch Farms in Amelia Court House, you'll find five of the six Alexander children herding Jersey cows to the barn and hooking them up to a pumping system. The milk flows to another building where it is filtered and put into bottles still warm. The bottles are then put straight into an iced cooler and delivered directly to the consumer.
This milk is unlike the kind placed on the grocery store shelves — it's raw. It is illegal in many states, including Virginia, because of health risks. But for every rule, there is an exception.