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Investment firm backs Kauai dairy farm

An investment firm is backing a plan to build a dairy farm on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The farm would double the supply of locally produced milk.

Published on December 3, 2013 12:15PM

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — An investment company wants to revitalize Hawaii’s dairy industry and increase local milk production by establishing a dairy farm on Kauai.

Ulupono Initiative is investing $17.5 million in a grass-fed dairy on 582 acres leased from Grove Farm Co.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday the socially minded investment organization’s venture would be the biggest dairy in the state. It would roughly double the supply of local milk.

Most of the milk consumed in Hawaii comes from the mainland. Until 1984, local dairies produced all of Hawaii’s milk.

Ulupono says they hope the dairy leads to more grass-fed dairies across the state.

The Garden Island reported Sunday Hawaii Dairy Farms will be based on the New Zealand pastoral dairy model, which uses grass as the primary feed source.


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