I'm thinking about making the switch to raw milk, and there appear to be several options where I live--farms an hour or more away with drop-off locations in my city. I've only just begun researching this. I know everyone says how important it is to know where your raw milk is coming from, to visit the farm and see how it is run, etc., but what specifically should I be looking for or verifying?
I read in a thread from quite a while back that some dairies test their milk, but I think that was referring to a state where raw milk is totally legal and regulated. Do some dairies test milk even if they aren't required to? Should I be looking for that? I just called one farm to check on their prices and also asked if they test their milk; they said no, not apart from just making sure the cows aren't sick. In my state, it is illegal to sell raw milk in retail stores but legal for farms to sell it to individuals, so I don't know if any farms test their milk around here.
Within the practices of small family farms, are there better and worse practices that I should be aware of?