DFA partners with northeast dairies to build new plant

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dairy Farmers of America and Craigs Station Ventures joined to break ground on a $12 million cold milk separation facility in York, N.Y.

The collaboration is the first in which DFA is partnering directly with a farmer group for a project that will benefit all of the Cooperative’s farmer owners.

The plant will help answer the region’s increasing demand for cream, created by existing dairy processors expanding production capabilities and new processors entering the marketplace.

The remaining skim will be sold to local yogurt and cheese plants. Construction is scheduled for completion in summer 2014. At completion, the plant will begin processing nearly one million pounds of milk daily, with the capability to increase to two million pounds.

The facility, which will employ 11 full-time staff, also will have the capability to provide value-added production in the future.Built on a dairy, the 14,000-square-foot plant will be connected to an anaerobic digester, which will convert manure into renewable energy for the facility.

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