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2016 Small Dairy Intensive Workshop

Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery
4410 N Lincoln Ave.
Champaign, IL 61822

December 4, 2016, 9am-4pm

How Much:
$75/full-day, includes lunch and binder of resources
$40/half-day, includes binder of resources
Half-day attendees may also purchase lunch for $18.

So you have milk and you want to turn it into money, but you don’t know where to start. Maybe you’ve been selling milk and you are considering expanding into value-added dairy products such cheese, yogurt, ice cream, bottling, etc. We're teaming up with goat dairy farmers, Leslie Cooperband and Wes Jarrell of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, to provide answers to your milk and/or dairy products selling questions. Two sequential half-day workshops lead you through legal regulations, milk handling equipment, feed formulations for milk quality, and the economics of moving milk from the udder to the table. The content will cover information for both cow and goat operations.

Participants can choose to register for the full-day experience which includes lunch featuring locally sourced ingredients, or for one of the half-day sessions. Both sessions receive a binder full of resources. Half-day registrants can choose to enjoy the lunch for an extra fee. You may stay on at the conclusion of the workshop to observe goat milking.

8:30 AMRefreshments
Morning Session
9:00 AMWelcome
9:15 AMTrading milk for money: laws and regulations,
the permitting process demystified
10:00 AMRaw Milk Sales in Illinois
10:45 AMBreak
11:00 AMTour of facilities at Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery
12:15 PMLunch
Afternoon Session
1:00 PMMilk handling and processing equipment
Exploring the scale, types, costs, and pros/cons of various types
of milking, storage, transport, and value-added processing equipment.
2:00 PMFeed rations and their effects on milk production
How nutritional components, feeding strategies, and pasture usage
compare between cows and goats, and how these variables affect milk quality and quantity.
3:00 PM The balancing act of economic-decision making on the farm
Quantifying costs, cash flow, market demand, and production
flow seasonally. Will include detailed case studies.

Presenter Bio:
Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband moved to their farm in Urbana in 2003 and started their goat herd in 2004 with three does and one buck, and many fruit trees. Now, with over 70 goats, they produce award winning goat cheeses, peaches, apples, pears and berries, as well as hosting on-farm dinners and other special events. They sell their cheese and goat milk gelato at the Urbana Farmers’ Market, Green City Market in Chicago, at stores and through a CSA. They also rent additional acreage for more pasture space for the goats and raised several pigs and a small amount of vegetables. They are Animal Welfare approved and partially certified organic.

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