• Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese, Gooding, Food Safety & Certification

    Stacie and Steve Ballard moved to Gooding, Idaho in 1993 to pursue Steve’s dream of operating a dairy farm. The Ballards purchased 25 Jersey dairy cows and began selling milk to a large commercial cheese producer. Despite expanding the operation in hopes of turning a profit, the bottom line suffered as payments on land, cows and equipment skyrocketed and the price of milk tanked. “We ramped up to 150 cows, but the numbers still weren’t working,” said Stacie Ballard. “We decided we needed to get a whole lot bigger, or go out of business. Instead, we decided to diversify and add value to our raw material, milk, by producing a line of artisan cheeses.”

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