Sponsored by the British Columbia Herdshare Association (BCHA)
The California-based Raw Milk Institute. (est. 2011) has developed an on-farm food safety (OFFS) program called the "Risk Analysis and Management Planning" (RAMP) system, which train farmers in production methods that prevent contamination and preserve quality. The BCHA (est. 2014) provides this training to farmers in British Columbia.
This small pilot project examines the effectiveness of RAWMI training, in preparation for a formal research project to be undertaken by a research university. Participating microdairy herdshare farms in B.C., with both trained and untrained agisters, have volunteered to send in milk samples for bacterial testing. Lab test results are published as they arrive, and are thus available to the public, researchers, and governments.
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Linda Morken, WAPFTM Volunteer Chapter Leader in Sooke, British Columbia, Canada