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Raw milk, some lingo and Maryland

Herdshares and agistment are words that Marylanders will finally get to learn. Just recently a law was passed that allowed the sale of raw milk as pet food. At the same time more research is continuing to show that low fat milk pasteurized in grocery aisles contain artificial sweeteners to make up the difference for nutritions lost and increase the appeal to consumers are disrupting the natural biome that occurs in the human gut. These continued revelations and the change allowing the sale of raw milk in Maryland as pet food joining many states on the East Coast and possibly moving toward the sale of raw milk for consumption which would put Maryland in a category primarily held by Western states as forward-thinking and Farm friendly for consumers display a deep concern for the dangers surrounding processed foods.

We’re all for it and although we can only get raw milk as pet food we do wonder if the cats would enjoy ricotta cheese made from raw milk. Something else the cats might enjoy it some extra time on the farm doing things that the production of raw milk entails… Herdshares from realmilk.com…

In herdshares, also known as farmshares, cowshares, goatshares, etc., people buy shares of a milking animal or herd, and pay the farmer to care for the animals and milk them. As owners, the shareholders are entitled to the milk from their own animals. The farmer may deliver the milk directly to shareholders or a central drop point, or shareholders may pick it up at the farm. Shares are typically sold based on an expected milk volume. For example, “one share” may entitle the holder to one gallon of milk per week. Owners can buy the number of shares they need to ensure the milk supply they want.

Agist, and agistment are a little harder to grasp since the farming term goes back 500+ years. Simply put, the verb, agist, means taking cattle to pasture in exchange for money (specifically for money, not in trade for anything else, i.e. milk). Agistment is both that money paid and the profits from selling the resulting milk. 300 years ago this created a taxation dilemma between Scotland and England. The farmer who owned the cattle was profiting from milk sales and being taxed. The farmer who milked the cattle for the owner was responsible for caring for the herd and also being taxed since taxes were 1/10th of an animal’s or grassland’s production. This tenth was called a tithe and still shows up in legal terms and is still practiced by orthodox Hebrews and some churches. The, “tithe of cattle and other produce of grass lands” was abolished between England and Scotland in 1707.

It’ll be interesting to see how modern laws adapt as modern consumers do more and more to steer away from modern processing techniques and make a return toward more natural foods where production and distribution is still governed by historic laws.

This article was primarily dictated to a new Samsung tablet device with voice recognition. If you discover extra spaces misspellings homophones and bad grammar our deepest apologies.

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