TECUMSEH, Kan. (AP) - A northeast Kansas dairy that filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012 is rebounding, with nearly 100 cows currently churning out milk at the farm near Tecumseh.
The family farm, which has been raising cows since 1910, expanded into processing and bottling milk and selling it in retail stores in 2005. Then a long drought began, driving up feed prices for the farm’s animals, prompting its owners in 2012 to file for Chapter 12 bankruptcy, which was designed for financially distressed family farmers.
The farm’s milk is produced in small batches with a low-heat pasteurization process and the various flavors of milk, such as strawberry and chocolate, is sold in reusable glass bottles. The milk, along with ice cream and butter, is sold only at stores on the farm, in Lawrence and in Topeka.
Owner Tim Iwig told The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/1q7rkWu ) that he has considered producing other dairy products, such as yogurt and sour cream, but will focus on the farm’s best sellers for now.
The farm also sells raw milk, which Iwig contends is safe to drink.
“A lot of people think that they’re lactose intolerant, but a lot of people are intolerant to high-temperature pasteurized milk,” he said. “They can drink low-temp or raw and be fine.”
Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com
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