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Bob-White Systems, Inc. was born in 2006 when dairy farmer, farmstead restorer, and coop manager Steven A. Judge started a micro-dairy farm on a hillside pasture in Royalton, Vermont, in a barn he built for four Jersey cows.

Driven by his passion for the slow food movement and his desire for communities to enjoy locally produced, farm fresh milk, Judge looked to technology for ways to make micro-dairy farming more profitable and accessible. His goal is to create appropriately-scaled dairy technology and equipment that will provide micro-dairy farmers with the opportunity to sell safe, farm fresh milk and dairy products directly to friends and neighbors.

This new line of micro-dairy equipment includes small scale bulk tanks, portable milking equipment, dairy supplies, and a"micro" low impact pasteurizer that is safe, effective, and extremely gentle with the milk.

Bob-White Systems recently introduced a hand-selected line of cheesemaking supplies and equipment to facilitate farmstead and homestead cheese making, which we believe can serve as a critical component of efficient and diverse small-scale dairies.

The technologies and micro-dairy equipment offered by Bob-White Systems open the door to a completely new approach to dairy farming and an entirely new class of dairy farms. Our affordable and appropriately scaled equipment gives micro-dairies the tools they need to sell a broad selection of dairy products directly to their customers. Feeding into the slow food movement, the availability of safe, delicious, locally produced dairy products keeps more milk off trucks and allows farmers to have more control over their prices and profits.

Our technology has also made dairy farming much more accessible. A single four cow micro-dairy – which can be housed in a small but comfortable barn just a bit larger than an ordinary two car garage – can produce 20 gallons of milk (or more) per day. This is enough to supply up to 60 families with safe and delicious farm fresh milk. Further, micro-dairies are humane and low impact, and can be conveniently situated on just a few acres, without the pollution, noise, and odor of large dairy farms.

Bob-White Systems’ mission doesn’t stop with the development of technologies, since it takes much more than equipment to make a farm successful. We also offer farmstead dairy consulting services, in which we work with current and prospective micro-dairy farmers to help them design an efficient dairy operation and bring their milk to market. We enjoy the experience of working with farmers to make their lives more pleasant and profitable and aim to encourage and support small-scale dairies around the country.

 

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