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    • 17th Annual Vintage Truck Magazine – Young’s Truck Show

      17th Annual Vintage Truck Magazine – Young’s Truck Show

      August 4th, 2018 - 9am-4pm Join us for our Annual Vintage Truck – Young’s Truck Show. See over 100 antique trucks from all over the country.
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      August 4th - October 28th, 2018 Cowvin, the baby of the Cow Family, has created a fun maze at Young’s Jersey Dairy – come see if you can conquer it!
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      Labor Day Family Value Weekend

      August 31st - September 3rd, 2018 Take advantage of a special value wristband good for all day, unlimited family fun at Young’s this Labor Day Weekend.
    • 23rd Annual Wool Gathering

      23rd Annual Wool Gathering

      September 15th & 16th, 2018 See the largest natural fiber festival in the area. Shop and browse over 100 vendors from several states. Free admission!
    • Pick Your Own Pumpkins

      Pick Your Own Pumpkins

      Sept 22nd-Oct 28th, 2018 - Open daily 11am to 6pm This year we planted more pumpkins and more varieties than ever before. We have 30 acres of pumpkin fun to enjoy with one of the best looking crops we’ve seen.
Home / Dan's Dairy Diary / What to do About Whey?

What to do About Whey?

We are now into our seventh year of producing cheese made 100% from our delicious Jersey cow milk. We plan to use about 500,000 pounds of milk to produce 65,000 pounds of cheese in 2016. We use almost all (99%) of that cheese in both of our restaurants and retail sales for our Guests to take home and enjoy. We do sell some cheese to one of our business neighbors – Yellow Springs Brewery. Young’s cheese and some crackers go very well with their craft beer.

As you might know, when we make cheese (the curds) the by-product created is whey. Whey could also be called a co-product when making cheese. For every 100 pounds of milk we get about 12-13 pounds of curds – the cheese, in other words. The curds are mainly casein protein that is in all milk, plus calcium and other minerals.

What’s left over – the other 87-88 pounds – is mainly water with the whey. Whey is another protein that is in all milk. In large commercial type production facilities, the whey is dried (the water removed) and then the whey powder is used in many different foods – baked goods, crackers, breads, nutritional supplements and animal feed to name a few.

Since we’re a small operation as far as cheese production goes, the investment in the equipment and energy used in drying whey is prohibitively expensive

Instead, we collect our whey and spread it on our crop fields – thereby ‘recycling’ the whey back into the crops that one way or another, create the food that our cows eat! It’s one of the ways (or is that wheys?) Young’s is able to recycle and use some of our waste to benefit our farm and the environment.