Announcing the 2024 On-Farm Milk Storage & Handling Grant Awards

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center is pleased to announce recipients of the 2024 On-Farm Milk Storage & Handling Grant.    

Projects from this grant help streamline milk pick up, create efficiencies around milk storage, and improve handling for both farmers and their processors.   

In this competitive grant round, 20 farms were selected for awards out of 103 applicants.  Awards span 8 states across the region, including: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. 

Many of those selected for awards will be investing in larger bulk tanks in order to move from daily to every-other-day milk pickup.  This leads to savings on hauling costs, decreased fuel usage, and increased energy efficiency as older units are replaced with more efficient ones. Many projects also include plate coolers and variable speed pumps to improve milk cooling. 

Awards ranged from $15,000 to $50,000, with a total of $847,414 in overall funding.   

2024 On-Farm Milk Storage & Handling Awardees: 

Britton Farm of New Hampshire – $50,000 to purchase and install a 2000-gallon bulk tank, condensing unit, plate heat exchanger, and a wash system to increase bulk storage capacity, improve milk cooling and quality, and enhance labor and cost efficiency. 

Brookfield Farm of New Hampshire – $29,885.25 to purchase and install a 600-gallon bulk milk storage tank to replace an aging 1965 bulk tank, a variable speed vacuum pump to transfer milk from the parlor into the new bulk tank, and hot water heater 

Champlainside Farm of Vermont – $50,000 to replace their water-based plate cooler with a new glycol chiller to improve milk cooling regardless of fluctuations in Lake Champlain’s water temperature. This will lead to cost savings and improved milk quality, in addition to decreasing total water use. 

Chesapeake Gold Farms of Maryland – $50,000 to purchase and install a 4000-gallon milk storage tank with a cooling system to replace an old 2000-gallon bulk milk storage tank which will increase storage capacity and improve milk cooling. This will reduce hauling trips from once per day to every three days and improve cost savings and efficiencies. 

Collins Farm of New York – $50,000 to replace a 1200-gallon bulk tank with a 3000-gallon bulk tank and purchase and install a Scroll compressor and an in-line plate cooler to increase milk storage and improve milk cooling. This will reduce hauling trips to every-other-day. 

Devine Farm of Massachusetts – $24,118.98 to purchase and install a plate cooler and a high efficiency water heater to improve milk cooling and ensure reliable hot water for cleaning and sanitation of milk handling equipment. Both improvements will lead to improved milk quality.   

Easton Dairy of New York – $50,000 to replace a 1500-gallon bulk tank with a 3000-gallon bulk tank and Fre-Heater to increase milk storage capacity and reduce hauling trips to every-other-day milk pickup to improve cost savings. 

Empet Farm of Pennsylvania – $19,968 to install a previously purchased 4000-gallon bulk milk storage tank to replace a 1500-gallon tank and purchase and install a 5-horsepower compressor and tank washing system. 

Fouts Farm of New York – $50,000 to purchase and install a new 8000-gallon bulk tank with condensing units and a high-speed loadout pump into a new milk house to replace a 2000-gallon tank to increase milk storage capacity and decrease milk truck load time. This will improve operational efficiencies and reduce hauling trips to every-other-day milk pickup. 

Hidden View Farm of New York – $50,000 to install a currently owned 7000-gallon bulk milk storage tank and purchase and install six high efficiency compressors. This will replace an outdated 1500-gallon and replace compressors on a currently owned 3000-gallon bulk tank. This will shift from twice daily milk pickup to every-other-day milk pickup. 

JASA Family Farm of Vermont – $50,000 to consolidate milking operations onto one site and purchase and install a 1600-gallon bulk milk storage tank and new plate cooler to increase production and switch to every-other-day milk pickup. 

Longway Farms of Vermont – $42,714.93 to replace a 1500-gallon bulk tank with a currently owned 4000-gallon bulk tank and purchase and install new condenser units and a high-speed pump to address inefficiencies in milk hauling and storage. This will reduce hauling trips to one per day and improve cost savings and efficiencies. 

Maple Bottom Farm of Pennsylvania – $50,000 to purchase and install a 1300-gallon bulk milk cooling tank and two new plate coolers to replace their 3000-gallon tank and old cooling system. The tank will be able to be mounted onto a tandem truck or trailer for easier transportation to their processor. 

Marshfield Farms of New York – $50,000 to install a new 4000-gallon bulk milk storage tank and two 5-horsepower compressors to replace a current 1350-gallon storage tank.  This will lead to every-other-day milk pickup. 

Mill Hill Farm of Pennsylvania – $19,511.97 to purchase and install a variable speed transfer pump to move milk from the parlor through the plate cooler and into their existing bulk tank for more efficient cooling and reduced water consumption. They will also purchase and install a bulk loadout pump to start direct loading onto their hauler’s truck.   

Myerwood Farm of New Jersey – $50,000 to purchase and install four compressors and condensers, a dual purchase wash vat, a dual pass plate cooler, a variable speed pump, and two heat recovery systems to improve milk cooling, reduce costs, and increase energy efficiency. 

Patterson Farms of Maryland – $50,000 to purchase and install a new 4000-gallon milk storage tank with a cooling system to replace an old 2000-gallon bulk milk storage tank which will increase storage capacity and improve milk cooling. This will reduce hauling trips from every-other-day to every three days and improve cost savings and efficiencies. 

Anonymous Farmer of Pennsylvania –  $32,682 to purchase and install a 1000-gallon bulk tank to replace a current 800-gallon bulk tank, a remote dumping station to automate filling the bulk tank, and an electric cooling compressor to reduce milk cooling time and improve milk quality. 

Shaggy Coos of Connecticut – $15,000 to purchase and install a 138-gallon bulk milk storage tank with a chart recorder to replace a current 32-gallon tank. 

Thibeault Farm of Vermont – $50,000 to increase milk storage capacity to support the recently completed 30 cow expansion by installing a 1600-gallon bulk tank with a new compressor, a plate cooler, and an additional 30 stalls into their barn. This will enable them to switch to every-other-day milk pickup. 

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