Ookala dairy ending operations ahead of schedule

The Big Island Dairy in Ookala is ending operations ahead of schedule. (Photo by Ron Paul / Special to the West Hawaii Today, file)

HILO — Five months after the owners of Big Island Dairy announced they would cease operations at the Ookala facility, by the end of April all cows have been removed from confinement and the dairy has ended all milking operations ahead of schedule, according to the state Department of Health.