Judge sides with right-to-milk

By Oregon Family Farm Association

It’s only temporary, but people in Oregon won’t need a state permit to milk a trio of cows or a handful of goats after a U.S. District Court judge prevented the Oregon Department of Agriculture from enforcing its new rule as it intended to do on April 1, according to the Salem Statesman Journal.  Four small dairy farmers filed a lawsuit against the ODA after it changed the definition of confined animal feeding operations or CAFOs to apply to anyone milking more than two cows or nine goats or sheep because they must bring them inside to milk them. The Oregon dairy industry complained that small farmers who didn’t need to comply with the CAFO rules had an unfair financial advantage over larger dairies. The decision is temporary while the lawsuit progresses.

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