More than six months after acquiring Island Dairy and renaming it Big Island Dairy, Steve Whitesides says he is in the process of more than doubling the amount of milk cows to 2,000 at the 2,000-acre property about 30 miles outside of Hilo. This will boost production at the largest commercial fluid milk dairy in the state to 15,000 gallons a day.

Whitesides, who owns Whitesides Dairy in Idaho, hopes to start construction by the first of the year on another facility that will accommodate its projected growth. He also will be hiring about 10 more people at his current operation, which employs 22 workers.

There is only one other commercial milk dairy in Hawaii – Clover Leaf Dairy on the northern tip of the Big Island.

At one time, Hawaii had about 40 dairies. PD


—From Pacific Business News (Click here to read the full article.)