There are some pretty serious potential contaminates in milk, like e-coli. I’m not saying they’re common or even likely, but they exist. This is why pasteurization was so widely embraced – to reduce the potential for contamination.

The farm from which we get our milk employs RIGOROUS testing on every batch of milk to ensure that it is completely free of harmful bacteria. A lot of dairy farms don’t have that kind of testing available, so while the odds of getting seriously sick may be minimal, there is still a chance.

Not to pimp our stuff, but my wife did a pretty decent blog post from the tour we did of our dairy:
http://read.ossumniss.com/?p=74

Raam, Keep the great posts coming. I’m absolutely loving this!