Big Island Dairy in Hawaii Will Close by Feb. 28
Big Island Dairy, on Hawaii’s Big Island, will cease milking operations no later than February 28 and its 400 head of young stock should be removed by May, reports the Hawaii Tribune Herald.
Big Island Dairy is the last of two remaining in the state. The dairy was sued in 2017 by a citizen’s group and the Center for Food Safety for environmental violations and was scheduled to go to trial this month. The dairy also had three discharges of water in 2018.
No civil penalties will be levied by the Hawaii Department of Health because of the dairy’s “potential insolvency.”
The dairy is sited on land leased from the state of Hawaii. The law suit settlement allows the owners, Derek and Steve Whitesides, to sell the dairy’s assets to another buyer who could again potentially begin milking cows and processing milk.