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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Stay of Execution on Cheese Granted


for now...

When Morningland Dairy LLC, the Missouri farmstead raw cheese plant shut down by the Missouri Milk Board since August 26, 2010, lost in court in late February, the judge ordered the destruction of Morningland's $250,000 cheese inventory - the family's livelihood. Morningland's attorney immediately requested a stay of the destruction. Following is the press release by Doreen Hannes, NICFA Research Director.

Stay of Execution on Cheese Granted,
Morningland Moves to Appeal
--9 March, 2011
In a surprisingly fast decision, the Judge in the Morningland of the Ozarks LLC's case has ruled in favor of a "stay of execution" on destruction of the cheese in the farmstead cheese company's refrigerated cave.

Yesterday at 1:00 pm, there was a teleconference regarding Morningland counsel's request for a stay on the state's desire to destroy all of the cheese held under embargo since August 26th. The Judge had issued his Order for Judgment for destruction and had also issued a Permanent Injunction on Morningland LLC to stop them from making or selling cheese until an untenable set of criteria were met by the company. Counsel Gary Cox requested a stay on destruction and asked the judge to dismiss the counter claims brought by Morningland LLC in their case with the Missouri Milk Board.

Today, March 9th, 2011, the day the Milk Board wanted to begin destroying the cheese, Judge Dunlap issued a five point ruling in favor of the Stay and now the case to destroy the cheese moves on to appeal.

Morningland of the Ozarks LLC , has been in business for 30 years with no incidents of illness. Despite the history of companies like Morningland, the FDA issued a notice to consumers the same day the decision to grant a stay was being heard saying that raw dairy may "Pose a Health Threat".

While Morningland of the Ozarks LLC has been put out of business by the seizure and halt of selling or producing cheese at the cheese plant, Morningland intends to move forward as a private health food association and hopes to make cheese again soon. Joseph and Denise Dixon, the prior principals of Morningland LLC said, "If we can just hold on until spring fully hits, when the grass comes in and the cows don't need to be fed, we think we can weather this, and hopefully produce living, healthful food for our members again."

Background information:

KY3 TV News Story on Morningland Dairy

Charges Filed Against Morningland Dairy

Co-Op Raid Draws in Morningland

The UnCheese Party-advocates for Morningland, several articles and history

Contact: Doreen Hannes 417 962 0030 email:

Yours for real food freedom,

Deborah Stockton, Executive Director
National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (NICFA)


Anonymous said...

Until people are willing to stand shoulder to shoulder with rifles in hand NOTHING is going to stop this nonsense!!!!

A 30 year track record is thrown out because some idiot sitting in some office somewhere decides it is so??? The people who own, are employed by and purchase from this dairy must make a stand with the use of deadly force if necessary!!

I'm tired of reading about these things where everybody is willing to be punched in the nose and take their seats because the gub'mint said so.

Newark, Ohio

Anonymous said...

that is absolutely ridiculous, they have no right to do that. what a waste...


SkippyMom said...

I am glad that they got the stay - hopefully someone with some common sense, somewhere, will throw this case out and they can continue making cheese the old fashioned way [which doesn't kill anyone as we all know]

And Doug, I think the deadly force idea is a bit extreme.

Anonymous said...


What are you willing to stand and die for?? Is it that we must be tough but "not that tough"?

These folks have put 30 years of financial risk plus sweat and tears into their business and it's okay that the PTB walks right in on a whim and turns their world upside down??

Where are you willing to draw the line in your world?? Today it's a dairy farm and tomorrow it could be your home or business. Don't forget that the other side is not afraid to use deadly force to impose its' heavy hand. Is it "extreme" when these businesses are raided by the men in black with fully automatic weapons??? Oh, and let's add the possibility that one of these morons trips and pulls the trigger and kills someone, would that be "extreme"???? Maybe "extreme" only refers to the act of citizens standing, defending and protecting what is theirs??

Newark, Ohio

Parker said...

Since most Americans do not understand how our food is grown or raised, and harvested/butchered/prepared, we are easy to manipulate. We are told that certain foods are "potentially dangerous" and we, not knowing any better, believe. We are trained from a young age to look up to "authority" in all it's forms, and so are conditioned to believe what authorities tell us without question.
If more folks in the US were tuned in to "real" food, this type of high-handed (and narrow-minded - or just plain stupid) action by our government would simply not be tolerated. Angry letters, upset voters, disapproval voiced through media.... It wouldn't take guns to keep our food choices open.

Perhaps this urban homesteading trend will stick around long enough for entire communities to relearn the pleasure, benefits and yes, possible hazards of eating non- and less-processed foods.

FancyHorse said...

It's probably healthier than the Kraft, etc. we buy in the supermarkets.

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