On-farm milk processing – a way to ‘control your own destiny’

That’s how one Creemore-area farmer sees his decision to process his own milk. But marketing skills and a sales plan are also essential


When two Ontario farming families decided to establish on-farm milk processing plants, they didn’t expect that finding the right-sized equipment would prove a major challenge.

For their Sheldon Creek Dairy, located in Loretto near Alliston, John and Bonnie den Haan and family had their equipment built. Their equipment was made by a neighbour who works for a company in Mississauga that builds pasteurizers and other equipment, John den Haan says. The person who did their excavating suggested they talk to the neighbour.

The small pasteurizer that resulted can do 1,500 litres an hour.

Better Farming - November 2012