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If you are interested in becoming a new dairy producer in the state of Ohio, the topics below will help you in the path to becoming a licensed dairy producer. 

 

Start-Up Requirements

The following items must be completed prior to the first shipment of milk from a facility:   

  1. Completed and signed producer license/registration application;
  2. $15 application fee (Check made payable to “Treasurer, State of Ohio”);
  3. Acceptable water sample from an EPA Certified Lab (<1 for total coliform and <1 for e-coli);
  4. Plan submittal form filled out completely, with drawings of your facility showing the location of the milkhouse and milking area, and the items within each area (to include milk flow);
  5. Acceptable inspection from the District Sanitarian for your area.  Items considered during an inspection are:
    1. Abnormal milking methods and procedures;
    2. Milking area construction, to include floors, walls, ceilings, lighting and ventilation;
    3. Milking area cleanliness;
    4. Cowyard/housing area cleanliness and manure storage;
    5. Milkhouse construction, to include floor, walls and ceiling, and lighting and ventilation;
    6. Milkhouse miscellaneous requirements (size and use, openings, hoseport, etc.);
    7. Milkhouse cleaning facilities (washvats, water heating, water pressure);
    8. Milkhouse cleanliness;
    9. Toilet construction and maintenance (if applicable);
    10. Water supply (type, location, submerged inlets, backflow protection, etc.);
    11. Equipment construction;
    12. Equipment cleaning and sanitizing;
    13. Equipment storage;
    14. Cow cleanliness;
    15. Milk and equipment protection;  
    16. Drug and chemical control;
    17. Hand-washing facilities;
    18. Personnel cleanliness;
    19. Milk cooling;
    20. Pest control in and around the facility.

Licensing Guide

This chart will help you to know what is needed to obtain a license for either Grade A or Manufacture Grade farms.  If you are doing a name change on an existing farm, upgrading from Manufacture Grade to Grade A, changing from selling milk in cans to selling bulk milk, or simply just starting a new farm, see the appropriate box to know what the Dairy Division will need to get you licensed.

PROPOSED GRADE A FARM
​  - Application and $15 License Fee
  - Plan Submittal Form
​  - Acceptable Water Sample
​  - Facility Inspection

NAME CHANGE ON GRADE A FARM
  - Application and $15 License Fee
  - Plan Submittal Form
​  - Acceptable Water Sample
  - Facility Inspection
PROPOSED MANUFACTURED FARM - CAN MILK
​  - Application and $15 License Fee
​  - Acceptable Water Sample
​  - Facility Inspection
PROPOSED MANUFACTURED FARM - BULK MILK
​  - Application and $15 License Fee
​  - Plan Submittal Form
​  - Acceptable Water Sample
​  - Facility Inspection
NAME CHANGE ON MANUFACTURE GRADE FARM
  - Application and $15 License Fee
​  - Acceptable Water Sample
  - Facility Inspection
MANUFACTURE GRADE - CHANGE FROM CANS TO BULK
  - Application and $15 License Fee
​  - Plan Submittal Form
​  - Acceptable Water Sample
​  - Facility Inspection
UPGRADE FROM MANUFACTURE TO GRADE A
  - Application and $15 License Fee
  - Plan Submittal Form
​  - Acceptable Water Sample
​  - Facility Inspection
 

*All above criteria must be met prior to a producer shipping milk*
**Water sample required in the above criteria shall be taken by the marketing organization**
***Any farm that has been out of business for more than six months will need to apply as a new farm***

Construction Standards

These standards are directly from Appendix C of the latest edition of the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance.  These are just guidelines to help you along the way in designing your facility, and knowing what you can and can't do.  These guidelines are lengthy, so please use the following link to view the standards as a stand-a-lone document that you can print or save to your computer.

View Appendix C Dairy Farm Construction Standards

Water Source Standards

Appendix D of the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance has specific standards that must be used when evaluating a water source for use on a Grade A facility.  The District Sanitarian assigned to your facility will use these standards when doing the on-site evaluation of your water source.  These standards are lengthy, so please use the following link to view the standards as a stand-a-lone document that you can print or save to your computer.

View Appendix D Standards for Water Sources