Inspectors were here...

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by BlueHeronFarm, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. BlueHeronFarm

    BlueHeronFarm New Member

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    I didn't see the O/T forum today??? Am posting here because I am too excited not to share.

    We got our pasteurizer installed and inspected yesterday. Thumbs up! We had both our local inspector and a state guy out and they seemed impressed. And I'm impressed, too - the set-up is brilliant. ...though a LOT more complicated than I got used to in my kitchen. ;)

    We still have a lot of finish work to do in the dairy building, but we're officially dry now, so we have some time. First kids are due in mid/late February. By then we hope to have everything ready to go and all licenses in place.

    Soooooooooooo exciting.
     
  2. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    Congratulations!!
    you have to post more to get into OT forum.:)
     

  3. Patty13637

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    Too cool . Share some pictures when you get a chance.

    Patty
     
  4. Keeperofmany

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    Congratulations. What an exciting way to start off the year. So Happy New Year. :D

    Wendy
     
  5. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    So are you haveing a cheese factory? guessing that because of the pasturizer.
     
  6. NubianSoaps.com

    NubianSoaps.com New Member

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    What a wonderful feeling!

    When you know a moderator or admin, contact them to up your posts. Old forum members especially. Vicki
     
  7. BlueHeronFarm

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    Yeah-- my post count is low...we've been busy building a dairy. ;)

    It is a cheese building, more than a fluid milk dairy, but we are building to raw milk code just to keep our options open down the line. We got a really cool vat pasteurizer that can double as a cheese vat or giant yogotherm, if we want. It has a 2-22 gallon capacity, so we can stay legal even in late lactation when milk levels are stupidly low. The design of the machine is so incredible. We are just so blown away by it now that we have seen it in person. We'll be practicing using it with water for a while to get the new routine down.

    Anyhoo-- I will post some pictures soon. And I'll try to get online more often, though we still have a TON of work to do.
     
  8. Sondra

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    WOW how neat now do we all here get special treatment and samples :)
    just kidding.
     
  9. BlissBerry

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    Congrats! I can't wait to see pictures.

    I know how much work it is to build a dairy from scratch. We built our doe barn to Grade A specs a few years ago. It was a ton of work but so worth it in the end. I decided that selling Grade A milk wasn't for me at thins stage in my life but I can always change my mind. ;)

    Good luck!

    Sara
     
  10. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    Oh yes send us pictures as you work Please
     
  11. Josie

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    Congrats!! That's awsome. I'd love to see pix too. a couple summers ago i worked at a dairy for a while - was in awe of the equipment lol.
     
  12. Katarina

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    Something cheesy is going on here. Unless someone messed with you post count, it looks like she has enough to see it. :D


    (Sorry, couldn't help myself! :laughcry)
     
  13. leslieh

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    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

    So, do we get free samples? ;)

    Just kidding of course. :biggrin

    Leslie
     
  14. BlueHeronFarm

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    I'll break up a few photos... The first is the steel building we had built to start. It will be half kitchen, then the other half will be milk parlor and a human bathroom.

    We (mostly my husband) are doing all interior work ourselves. The second photo is the studs going up. May have to edit and fiddle to get photos up right. Bear with me.

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  15. BlueHeronFarm

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    Ok, next is the "bones" of the interior with all plumbing and wiring in, then a photo of the top of our pasteurizer. We have since put in drywall, too - just in the kitchen portion. I'll get photos soon.

    The next job is getting the food-grade coating up on the walls and kitting it out with appliances, etc.. After that we'll build our 5 goat concrete milk stand in the other half of the building and then one day we'll finish the bathroom. :)

    We plan to have full farm/cheese plant tours starting in March, maybe April, but are always happy to show friends around during construction if any of y'all want to check it out.

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  16. Tricia

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    Congratulations! It's a huge amount of work, isn't it? Good to go! :yeahthat
     
  17. Feral Nature

    Feral Nature New Member

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    WOO HOO! How wonderful and fun and exciting! Now get back to work! Congrats!
     
  18. KUrby

    KUrby New Member

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    How neat, sounds exciting! Congratulations!!!
    Karen
     
  19. Karen Bailey

    Karen Bailey New Member

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    Wow! Thanks so much for sharing.