Do you know where your milk comes from?

I’ve been in a few milking parlors in my day, but I don’t remember any of them looking quite like the one pictured in this top photo:



These are two of the pictures released to Minnesota Public Radio News by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in its investigation of farmer Michael Hartmann, who allegedly sold unpasteurized milk with E. coli (More can be found at the link). It’s illegal to sell raw milk in Minnesota.

Another colleague who knows something about farming says this sort of filth isn’t unusual in a milking barn.

And what the pictures don’t show is how Hartmann actually milked the cows.

This is how I recall things looked in a typical milking parlor:

And so I call upon News Cut readers from farm country to judge. Submit your assessment below.