1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2, Page #06[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Mini-Dairy Lets You Package Your Own Milk, Butter
Pladot's "Mini-Dairy" is just being introduced in the U.S. It's been approved by the USDA and meets all standards of the Food and Drug Administration.
"We've got about 250 systems out in some 25 countries around the world including one farmer in Pennsylvania," says Bob Turner, the company's U.S. sales manager. "This system offers a lot of opportunity for profit."
Economically feasible for 40-cow herds and up, the mini-dairy equipment includes a pasteurizer, cream separator, butter churn, cooling and holding tanks (110 gals. and up) and a cup filling and sealing machine.
The equipment is small enough to fit in an 800 to 1,200 sq. ft. room, depending on capacity. The smallest set-up processes about 2,000 lbs. of milk a day. Package costs range from $85,000 to $120,000, with payback expected in two to three years for most farmers who can receive up to $10 more per hundredweight for their milk, according to the company.
Price of the system includes installation and a week of training in Israel, Turner notes.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bob Turner, P.O. Box 4595, Gettysburg, Pa. 17305 (ph 717 338-0671; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also visit Pladot's website at: www.pladot.co.il.
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