Hook and Son had their first ever positive TB reactor failing the skin test, and as a result they have lost their TB-free status and their ability to sell raw milk. The TB skin reactor test is the only test that currently determines a farmer’s TB-free status, says Steve.
In England there is legislation to support smaller dairy farmers in producing premium raw milk from healthy, grass-fed cows to mitigate risk. ARMM calls on the Australian government to install similar legislation to save small family farms affected by the current dairy crisis.
RAW MILK producers Stephen and Phil Hook came to Australia for a few days for the screening of the documentary film, The Moo Man, as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine festival.