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March 23, 2014

Letter of Support: Makoa Ranch Inc.

Read the full letter of support here.

To: Kauai Garden Island

Makoa Ranch Inc. is a family-owned and operated third generation ranching cow/calf operation. We currently run a 900-head herd on the east side of Kauai. We produce 800+ stocker calves for local and mainland markets and help other local ranchers with 3,000 head of cattle for market. We support the Hawaii Dairy Farms' plans for a new dairy on Kauai. I wanted to share about how this farm will support our local agriculture industry.

Hawaii Dairy Farms model of a grass-fed dairy is the same concept as we currently operate under with our cow/calf operation depending mostly on grass as the diet for the herd. Given the structure of HDF, the only difference is the massive investment on the infrastructure of the farm to insure financial success for true sustainable farming for years to come without the dependency on feed shipped in from the mainland.

The HDF intensive grazing plan is the best of both worlds. The HDF structure to have pulse-grazing to manage grasses and maximize the organic material to use as soil amendments is great and not a new concept. The organic material (manure) the same as you can buy at any hardware store is the best way to regenerate the old cane ground on Kauai. The cows will (on their own) naturally replenish the soil and insure the high yield needed to keep productive.

The farm will also make available many local agricultural jobs. The dairy itself will have a diverse skill set need that it will fill with local Kauai residents, but also will have many jobs created from the support of off-site operations and local businesses. Hawaii Dairy Farms will need to have local ranchers help with growing programs, hauling of cattle, hauling of feed and supplies, fuel deliveries, grass-fed beef program processing, fencing companies, feed supplies and on. All of this is helping the entire local agricultural system. This is the synergy of agriculture that make true sustainable farming and local food supplies available to the residence of Kauai. HDF will help insure the longevity of the sustainable agriculture that local family farms like ours need to have a future in Hawaii.

We at Makoa Ranch Inc. a local family ran ranching operation ask you to also support Hawaii Dairy Farms.

Bob Farias, Husband, father, rancher born and raised on Kauai

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