TWO New Zealand companies Lewis Road Creamery and Whittakers have teamed up to deliver what must be every dairy lover’s dream: chocolate butter.
The Beladon project will connect consumers to cows, with a plan to house 40 cows on a 1,200 square metre floating platform, producing 1,000 litres of milk a day to be pasteurised and processed into yogurt in a dairy on the floor below.
A machine will mop up dry cow dung as another robot tops up food stations.
The cows will wander in and out of stalls and the dairy, and can also potter over a ramp to real-life pasture on the land.
On the ground floor, as well as the processing of milk, water from the cows’ urine will be purified and used to grow red clover, alfalfa and grass under artificial light for fodder.
Carel De Vries, of dairy innovation body Courage, told The Guardian : “A third of people are really enthusiastic, a third have big eyes, and the other third think we are crazy. That’s how it goes with innovations.”
The biggest hurdle at present is getting city folk to tolerate the smell…