If you've already started into a niche venture that involves dairying or producing products, or if you've thought about doing so in the near future, then you owe it to yourself to attend a meeting hosted by the Indiana Board of Animal Health on March 6. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. EST. It will be held at BOAH's new location on the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Denise Derrer, communications director for BPOAKH, reports that the meeting is geared toward small, artisan dairy processors. BOAH has already held two previous meetings, with those being held within the past year.
The goal, she says, is to bring together owners of small dairy processing operations, or those interested in such an enterprise, to share ideas and experiences. BPOAH staff will share the regulatory aspects that accompany starting and operating such an enterprise.
The featured speaker will be Kristy Kikly, Henry County, who started an on-farm cheesemaking operation and goat dairy in 2011 with her husband, Mike Hoopengardner.. Their story was featured in the livestock section of Indiana Prairie Farmer in January.
Their business is officially known as Carpiri Creamery. So far they've marketed fresh, soft goat cheese at primarily exclusive markets around the Indianapolis area. Their goal is to expand their milking herd and have the capability to sell hard cheeses all year.
What makes this farm unique is that according to Hoopengardenr, they contacted BOAH on their own and asked them to come out and see what they had planned when their dairy and cheesemaking facility was simply survey stake sin the ground. They wanted to know upfront what would be required of them, so they could avoid as many pitfalls as possible. It's not everyday someone asks for a dairy inspector to come to their farm.
BOAH has the authority to enforce federal dairy inspection regulations on diaries and diary processing plants in Indiana because the power is granted to them by the appropriate federal agency, Derrer notes.BOAH is located in Discovery Hall inside the fairgrounds, on the north side of the complex, on the opposite end from Pioneer Village.