Spink Colony in SD works to double milk returns by making cheese

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

FRANKFORT, S.D. — It’s tough to stay in dairy production when milk prices are $15 to $17 per hundredweight. The Spink Colony at Frankfort didn’t want to give up its longstanding dairy enterprise so leaders decided to take the milk from their 82-cow herd up the food chain and market through the new Käsemeister Creamery cheese factory. The colony welcomed 300 well-wishers at an open house for the cheese factory and retail center on June 1, just in time for June Dairy Month.

Paul Wipf, secretary-treasurer of the Hutterite colony, said the cheese plant was in the process of getting ramped up from January through May when it was opened to the public. They built a retail store on the farm, open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, about 10 miles south of Frankfort, which is 22 miles southeast of Redfield, S.D.

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