The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Division of Environmental Health & Sustainability is the regulatory authority that would oversee the implementation of this project. We are highly invested in the success of this proposal. We have had numerous inquiries of doing something similar, but none have quite come to fruition. We are excited to explore this endeavor with Rocking TT Bar.
There will be numerous challenges in adapting a mobile milking parlor to the standards in the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (Colorado's milk regulation) however we would prefer a collaborate approach in design and implementation rather than coming in at the last minute. Jose asking us to be part of this process at the beginning is the right thing to do.
What is said in this application is very true: the dairy industry is changing. Many of the new dairy farms coming into Colorado have thousands of head of cattle. The nature of the dairy industry (high costs, low returns) dictates such a structure. However, we are also starting to see an uptick in small, direct farm to table style dairies. This dichotomy is quite interesting. Although we as regulators do not get into the business side of milk, we are happy to see success at both ends of the spectrum.
We look forward to working with Rocking TT Bar and providing the time and resources necessary to see they are successful. We would also be willing to connect them to our Sustainability Unit, which may have other resources that can help achieve these goals.