Process

Milk Process

We like to keep all of our products as close to their natural state as possible. That’s why we don’t homogenize our milk and only use low-temperature pasteurization. The processes of homogenization and pasteurization remove beneficial nutrients, bacteria, and enzymes. To learn more about homogenization and pasteurization click here.

Bottling Process

So why do we bottle our milk?

We make it our mission to bring you the healthiest, tastiest milk product from happy cows. We simply love what we do. Small family farms are a thing of the past simply because there isn’t a whole lot of money in it. We have been fortunate enough to be running and operating just fine because of the love and care that goes into our work each day. We love farming, processing the milk, and knowing that our customers are getting a healthy product. Nothing makes the long hours and hard work more worthwhile than having customers come up to us and thank us for doing what we do.

We reuse our bottles. Each of our returned bottles goes through an extensive cleaning process to ensure that they are 100% clean when we refill them.

Check out the process below:

  1. The bottles are placed on the intake conveyor;
  2. They are then turned upside down and rinsed out by pressurized spray jets;
  3. The bottles are turned back up and submerged in a 140-degree caustic solution;
  4. The bottles remain submerged as they travel along the bottom of the bottle washer (allowing them to soak as the Caustic cleans them inside and out);
  5. At the back of the washer, the bottles are turned upside down again allowing the caustic solution to drain out;
  6. The bottles are pressure washed inside and out with a 140-degree chlorine solution (bottles remain upside down);
  7. A water rinse is then sprayed up into the bottles to remove any remaining chlorine or caustic;
  8. A final sanitizing rinse (200 ppm chlorine solution) is sprayed up into the bottles;
  9. The bottles are lastly pushed out of the washer and turned upright onto the stainless steel conveyor that takes the bottles into the bottling room where they are ready to be filled with milk.

Do the bottles always come clean the first time around?

99% yes. There is a person who places the bottles onto the intake conveyor and also inspects all clean bottles coming out as a final inspection.

 

Contact Us

Any questions or comments are more than welcome. We would love to hear from you!

Current Farm Store Hours:

OPEN: Thurs., Fri., & Sat. - 10:00-5:00

(231) 258–8216

Please keep calls between 10am-5pm

Shetler Family Dairy
5436 Tyler Rd. SE
Kalkaska, MI 49646

Owners/Operators: George & Sally Shetler
Co-Operator: Pete Shetler
Plant Manager: Kaleb Shetler

Contact Us

Your questions and comments are more than welcome. We would love to hear from you!

Current Farm Store Hours:

OPEN: Thurs., Fri., & Sat. - 10:00-5:00

 

(231) 258 – 8216

Please keep calls between 10am-5pm

Shetler Family Dairy

5436 Tyler Rd. SE

Kalkaska, MI 49646

Owners/Operators: George & Sally Shetler Co-Operator: Pete Shetler Plant Manager: Kaleb Shetler

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