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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Milk Man Facing Injunctions

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

Michael Schmidt vows to fight attempt to shut down his raw milk production.

Durham area raw milk producer Michael Schmidt has received two injunction notices from York Region and the Attorney General on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural affairs.

Schmidt says the blanket injunctions name himself, his wife and son -- as well as any "John Doe" producing and distributing raw milk in Ontario.

He says it would basically make it a crime for any farmer in the province to hand over raw milk to a neighbour and he plans to fight the injunctions in a Newmarket court March 16th.

Michael Schmidt has been fighting for the right to distribute raw milk for roughly 2 decades and says it feels like "the final standoff has begun."

He says the goal of the injunctions is to ban everything he has been doing on his farm in south Grey, but he vows to keep his raw milk production going.

Schmidt says he knows some people will be happy with this move by the Province, but he says they should realize these injunctions affect any farmer.


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