THE SMALL-SCALE DAIRY
Author: Gianaclis Caldwell
The Small-Scale Dairy includes everything you need to know to successfully produce nourishing, healthy, farm-fresh milk. Whether for home use, direct sale to the consumer, or sale to an artisanal cheesemaker, high-quality raw milk is a delicate, desirable product. Successful and sustainable production requires the producer to consider and tackle many details, ranging from animal care to microbiology to good hygienic practices-and, for those with commercial aspirations, business plans, market savvy, and knowledge of the regulations.
Applicable to keepers of cows, goats, or sheep, The Small-Scale Dairy offers a holistic approach that explores the relationships between careful, conscientious management and safe, healthy, and delicious milk production. A historical overview offers readers a balanced perspective on the current regulatory environment in which raw milk lovers find themselves.
Included are options for designing a well-functioning small dairy, choosing equipment, and understanding myriad processes such as using low-temperature pasteurization where raw milk sales are prohibited. Whether you have a one-cow home dairy, a 50-goat operation, or are a curious consumer, The Small-Scale Dairy is an accessible and invaluable resource for achieving your goals.