- Milk Tank
Description: This is our milk tank. A 30 gallon tank by MilkPlan, which came all the way from Greece. Very efficient at cooling our milk down to 38 degrees F. It is connected to a chart recorder, which records our temperatures, weekly. We store our milk up to 72 hours before bottling for RAW or going to the pasteurizer for processing.
- Milking Time
Description: Our cows are milked using conventional milking machines. We must maintain a cow/calf relationship at all times - no calf, no milk. Calves must stimulate mother for a "good" milk letdown, and we have about 90 seconds to collect the milk before the cow shuts her milk flow off. After milking mother and baby are together for around an hour before separating again for the next milking.
- Milk Room
Description: This is our wash area for our milking machines in our milk room. We use a small vat to hold the milking cluster, lid, lid gasket and other small parts to wash with our "bucket milker" washer above. Our wash cycle is as follows; rinse milk residue, wash with a "hot" detergent of up to 140 F then a "cold" acid wash, and then rinsed again for any chemical residue. Prior to milking, we sanitize our equipment with a food chlorine/ warm water solution and then rinsed.
- Pasteurizing Vat
Our pasteurizing vat by Micro Dairy Designs. It is capable of holding 15 gallons of milk at one time. The pasteurizer is lined with a steel vat, which holds our milk, and allows the outside of the inner vat to create a water jacket for heating water around the milk to bring it up to temperature. We pasteurize our milk at the lowest temperature of 147 degrees F and is held for 30 minutes, then cooled down to 40 degrees F prior to bottling. During the pasteurization process, the pasteurizer is connected to a chart recorder to record our temperatures for the state. We also use this vat to store our RAW milk prior to bottling.
- Barn Construction
Description: Barn construction. The barn structure was built by ourselves and the only work done that was hired out was tin and concrete work. Trusses were built from old sprinkler 4''x8'' I-Beams, and pipe for webbing. Posts were all 3 1/2'' drill stem and using 4'' x 1 1/2'' purlins for side wall and for the roof.