Less than a year after a bill allowing it was vetoed, raw milk sales are back on the agenda at the Capitol. State Senator Glenn Grothman is taking another kick at the milk pail, offering legislation to allow for on farm sales of unpasteurized, or “raw” milk. “The last time we did pass this bill, but Governor Doyle vetoed it,” said the West Bend Republican. “The Department of Ag set up a committee designed to work on some compromise. That committee was heavily weighted with people who were hostile to raw milk. Nevertheless the compromise that they come up with is something that we will look at.”
Grothmann said he’s been surprised at the number of health conscious people who are already drinking raw milk. “I drink raw milk myself. It tastes delicious and I think it’s healthy for you.” Grothman said the current situation puts the state Ag Department in a tough spot – enforcing the existing law limits revenue for farmers and options for consumers. In May of last year former Governor Jim Doyle vetoed a bill allowing sales of raw milk, even though the bill had received bipartisan support. “We’ve seen bigger demonstrations lately, but last year we had demonstrations in support of raw milk,” noted Grothmann.