DEPARTMENT: Washing and Cooling Systems | Milk Filtering & Primary Cooling
Robust, efficient milk filtering and cooling systems are pivotal to milk quality. The capacity of your milk filtering system will be dictated by regulations and the herd size you intend to milk. As Phillip Reed explains in this video, most farmers build in excess filtering capacity to allow their herd to scale up in future. Once your milk passes through the sock filter system it will enter your cooling system. The first phase of cooling is a plate cooler which uses water to cool the milk to within 2 degrees of water temperature (normally around 10 degrees). Due to tightening regulations many farms are now adding in a second electrically power “snap” milk cooling stage to lower milk down to storage temperatures before it enters the vat. This equipment needs to be positioned at the side of your shed closest to your vats to make operation easy and to minimise the length of pipes that need to be cleaned. Your milking equipment vendor will work with your builder to ensure all the necessary drains, sumps, pipes and wiring are included in the floor.