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Full cycle

I’m thinking that one of the ultimate true-isms is that everything comes back around. Dresses are short, then they’re long, then they’re mid-length, and … wait for it … then they’re short again.

So, according to this story on our website, manufacturers long ago stopped making equipment for small dairies because there was no money in it. And then a Vermont dairy farmer discovered that maybe that’s not true any more:

Frank Kipe thought he had everything he needed to launch a business selling what he described as the world’s most expensive ice cream: two Jersey cows, a 10-acre farm and an old barn.

Then he found out that he would have to pasteurize his milk before making his ice cream. Equipment for commercial farms was bulky and cost tens of thousands of dollars, so he built his own pasteurizer. Then he built more to sell. His pasteurizer business boomed, and the ice cream was forgotten.

With small dairies popping up nationwide to meet the growing demand for locally produced food, the market for equipment for five-cow, 10-sheep and 20-goat operations has grown, too. Major manufacturers long ago gave up producing equipment for small dairies, which seemed to be a thing of the past, leaving the field open for entrepreneurs like Kipe.