There is a growing movement to appreciate and protect artisan cheese heritage, against the pressure to industrialise, and the foisting of restrictive food safety regulations ill-suited to the needs, and conditions of small-scale dairy producers.
Old Hall Farm is a micro dairy of Jersey cows that started selling raw milk in May 2017. The Mayhews saw it as an opportunity to diversify. They are now selling milk at the farm gate and at the farmers market.
The RMPA was launched today by a group of dairy farmers who currently produce and sell raw milk to consumers. They felt this was the right time to collaborate, and with the FSA, to ensure the new controls on raw milk production are proportionate and supportive.