Local dairy says E-Coli outbreak gives good farmers a bad name
By Daniel Winn
Wed, 18 Apr 2012 04:34:00 GMT — State health officials said they are investigating an E-coli outbreak, 13 cases were reported. Six of the victims drank raw milk from an unnamed Howard County dairy farm. KRCG's Daniel Winn spent the afternoon at one of Cole County's oldest family owned dairies and explains the difference between raw milk, and the milk you buy at the store. Consuming raw milk would be like drinking right from the cow, but the milk we buy at the store has been tested and pasteurized. Dairy farmer, David Braun says people just need to be educated on the matter, "A winner never quits and a quitter never wins". That's the philosophy that's kept Braun's Cole County Dairy Farm in business for more than 70 years, "I'm 77 years old and I milked my first cow when I was seven". On his 400 acre farm South of Wardsville he and his family milk about 120 cows daily, "everyday twice a day", he said. They produce top quality Grade A milk. Braun said, "every tank of milk is sampled for bacteria and quality, and every truckload of milk that goes into Central Dairy is checked for antibiotics and quality before it's unloaded". To prevent bacteria from spreading they disinfect each teat and dry it before they put the milkers on. We got to watch Braun and his son's as they cleaned each and every cow that came through the milking barn. He said the dairy is a big business and you can really take a licking if you aren't the best. He told us almost all Missouri dairy farms produce certified milk, and he wants people to realize non certified raw milk is what caused the E-coli outbreak. "We've been opposed to this raw milk thing for a long time because it gives dairy farmers a bad name", Braun said. Braun said he drinks raw milk but only from his farm.
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