A big step forward for a dairy business in Royalton.
Bob-White Systems has gotten the green light to sell it's revolutionary on-site milk pasteurizer. The company says the machine allows dairy farmers to process milk more efficiently and at a higher quality than traditional "vat" technology. And it also cuts out the so-called middle man, allowing farmers to sell pasteurized milk directly to the consumer. Bob-White systems has been approved for use in Vermont and has gotten the "thumbs up" from the FDA. It's target market is smaller dairy farms, but company officials say it could work for everybody.
"We have had inquiries from people milking 500 cows and 200 cows. They wanted to gain control of a certain portion of their production and be able to market it locally. Make ice cream, of cheese, certain types of fresh cheeses and butter. Butter is now big in the state," said the company's Steven Judge.
The machines are being manufactured in partnership with Bruns Brothers in Maine. The units cost about $70,000.
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