Posted 12/7/2017 15:30 (#6412876 - in reply to #6410734) Subject: RE: chocolate milk back in schools
Now you've got the gears turning, if it can be done cost effectively or show a good return over a few years it's not a bad idea. What would make it easy is if you had a set number of pounds that get pasteurized, bottled, and sent to grocery store shelves each day. Then if you have enough left over for the milk truck to pull in your yard that would reduce the headache of trying to micromanage production day in and day out and thinking ahead for every single variable. One other issue I forsee is the labor, some one has to do the marketing and get the milk sold and convince consumers that this is in fact better than whole milk for the price (figure an average goal is between 4.5 and 4.8% fat with Holsteins under good management, possibly more if you have colored breeds in there)even though it might not be organic. Someone also has to do the deliveries and keep an eye on the bottling process. If all those things can come together and you can still manage the cows and crops well, you are onto something. Definitely food for thought there.