The Milking Parlor is one of our newest projects at In Step. The project was made possible by a large grant from the Asian Indian Community Foundation of Western New York and volunteers and friends from New York.
Two years ago we were buying milk to fill the shortfall from our own cows. The conditions for our milking cows was awful. They were housed in a retrofit of a poorly built chicken coop and up to their utters in mud, making it very unsanitary for milking.
Once finished, the new construction of our modern facility will have 15 free stalls and a parallel milking parlor that will be able to prep and milk up to eight cows at a time. There is an equipment room which can hold a chiller, as well as an office and ample store room for holding feeds and supplements. Above is a hay loft for additional storage. Currently we are using the almost finished facility to milk 6 cows which provide all the milk for the daily intake of the entire children’s home, as well as yogurt to supplement the diet of the kids who need the extra boost.
Our desire is that this project will grow to the point of selling milk to the community and near by towns, creating a consistent source of income for the growing home.