Process of Elimination

We’ve been fretting for weeks now,

about the potential staggering cost of constructing the Dairy Complex internal Process Rooms for our cheesemaking etc.  Typical quotations have hovered at something over the £100,000 mark – the cost of a modest house or average flat in many parts of the UK – & that’s before the addition of any equipment (yet more money – around £50,000 in our reckoning); so all we’d be provided with, is basically, a big, white, hygienic box. 

And we’d still have to pay extra to lay a special floor on top of the Process Room’s concrete floor (not yet laid or paid for, either); plus there’s the other parts of the building to equip – the milking parlour, which needs a concrete floor, more hygienic panelling, hot & cold running water & a refrigerated bulk tank in which to store the milk;  whilst the area in which the goats will be housed also needs partitioning, feed troughs, hay troughs, automatic drinkers….the list just goes on & on – & that’s before we’ve added ingredients other than milk; packaging; branding; marketing; delivery: the costs continue to escalate to frightening new heights of unaffordability.

So we had a visit from a local contractor with whom we’ve been working for a while now & who has been very helpful, to discuss ways in which costs can be cut without compromising the overall finish of the Process Rooms using different materiels & a less complex layout.  Prior to now the building has only been theoretically sketched lines on paper; now of course, there’s something more substantial to see.

So Eurig decided to pay us a visit so he could see it all for himself to get a greater appreciation of the project & what we need to achieve in a more cost-effective manner.  We spent a comprehensive afternoon with him; & after discussing the whole operation in more detail, he believes he can come up with a better solution which will suit our requirements; satisfy Environmental Health, Food Safety & Dairy Hygiene regulations; but eliminate some of the staggering costs which so escalated at the ‘on paper ‘stage of the project.

Meanwhile Tony’s been ‘written off’ (or should I say, signed off) by the Doctor again; with this nasty virus his oestation tubes just aren’t clearing, so he’s not going anywhere – at least, not by air – for a fair few more days, yet.

Hmmmm, meanwhile back to the complex question of the Complex: if only we can reduce much of the build cost but still achieve the aim – we may yet get there.  It’s only a glimmer; but there is light at the end of the tunnel, at last….so long as we take it one step at a time, & don’t attempt to fly!

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About LittleFfarm Dairy

The LittleFfarm Dairy Team: Jo - Goat farmer & Gelatiere Artigianale, plus General Dogsbody; Tony - Airline Pilot & part-time Herd Manager, Product Taster, Accounts Secretary, Handyman etc!
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