East Tennessee dairy farmers stand to lose millions because some distributors have decided to cut their contracts.

But there may be a way to help called cow sharing.

"It's not processed in any way, to me it's just perfect," said Madisonville diary farmer Suzanne Thompson.

It goes straight from the cow to the jar.

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"It's not been run through a processor," Thompson said. "It has a lot beneficial bacteria and enzymes that help you digest it, it's full fat, it has a perfect fat the body knows what to do with."

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Thompson says buying raw milk from local farmers could help you and the farmer.

"With everyday, it's increasing in popularity," Thompson said. "People are becoming more aware, and they're more interested in their health."

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A Madisonville dairy farmer says getting raw milk in a cow-sharing program would help local farmers and you.

But to get it, state law says you can only buy it through cow sharing programs because of how the milk is received from the cows.

"You have to take additional steps to make sure it's really, really clean, you have to be really careful with the sanitation on that," Thompson said.

A cow share means you own a part of the cow that lives on the farm and you get milk delivered to your home.

Thompson says she serves about 200 people at Echo Valley Farm.

They each get a gallon of milk every week.

"From what I'm hearing, our herd share cost is $30, so that gets your ownership interest in the herd," Thompson said.

You pay that fee plus a monthly fee--Thompson's customers pay $35 a month and have it delivered to a nearby store.

That money helps farmers like Thompson tremendously.

"I've been very loud about encouraging conventional farmers to get involved in the raw milk, and they're scared, their education tells them that that's not the way to go, but it really is, and I'm here to help anybody that wants help with that," she said.

She's hopeful about the future of the dairy industry.

"I am hopeful that more people can come over to raw milk, because that's the future of dairy," Thompson said.

Thompson said with the demand, they're looking at increasing the herd size at her farm.

If you're looking to find more information about raw milk, you can head to A Campaign For Real Milk.

To sign up for the cow-sharing program at Thompson's farm, go to the Echo Valley Farm website.