Welcome to the fascinating journey of milk…
Where nature’s bounty meets the ingenuity of local dairies. From the pastures of farms to your table, the process of milk production involves a delicate balance of tradition, cutting-edge technology, and meticulous quality control. We will take you through the remarkable journey milk takes from the pasture to your pallet, highlighting the role of renowned companies in its production, transportation, and processing.
Our journey begins on the farm. Cows graze freely on pasture, feasting on lush grass, whilst their bodies convert these valuable nutrients into raw milk.
The quality of the cows’ grazing is of utmost importance, in determining the richness and nutritional value of the milk produced. Diligent farmers employ sustainable practices, ensuring cows receive the best nourishment, which will result in top-quality milk.
The process of milking cows is no longer a manual endeavour. Today, modern dairy farms use automated milking systems, which allow cows to be milked at their convenience, improving efficiency and reducing stress on the cows.
Once collected, the raw milk undergoes a process called “pre-cooling,” where it is rapidly cooled to a low temperature to prevent bacterial growth and maintain its freshness until it can be transported to dairies. Joseph Heler Cheese is one such dairy that procures first-rate milk from hundreds of farms across the country.
Transportation to Dairy
Once the milk is ready for collection, it begins its journey to local dairies, where it undergoes further processing and packaging.
In this crucial stage, logistics companies such as SJ Bargh, play a pivotal role.
They manage a fleet of specialised tankers, equipped with advanced refrigeration systems to maintain the milk’s freshness and quality during transportation.
The perishable nature of milk means that timing is key at this stage.
To minimise waste and improve sustainability, some dairy farmers have invested in on-farm processing facilities, allowing them to process and package their milk on-site before transporting it to the market.
Upon arrival at the processing facility, the milk undergoes stringent quality control and testing measures.
Indicated in the image below are the various factors that are meticulously analysed in order to determine the price of the milk:
Managing these variables can be challenging, but renowned dairies have embraced technology to ensure precision and accuracy in determining milk prices. They have integrated cloud-based invoicing software to efficiently calculate prices and promptly reverse invoice the farmers who supply them, fostering a strong partnership with the farming community.
Quality control laboratories at dairy processing facilities use advanced technologies, such as spectrometers, to analyse the milk’s composition accurately. After passing rigorous quality control tests, the milk proceeds to the vital process of pasteurisation, which ensures it is safe for consumption, while preserving its distinctive taste.
Once pasteurised, the milk is either dispatched to vendors and customers as fresh, wholesome milk or set aside for configuration. This is exercised in a centrifugal separator which separates the raw milk into different components depending on the desired dairy product.
Pasteurisation is named after French scientist Louis Pasteur, who developed the process in the 19th century. This revolutionary technique significantly reduced the spread of milk-borne diseases, making milk consumption safer for everyone.
Other innovative technologies such as membrane filtration, are harnessed to create a wide variety of dairy products, from fresh milk and cream to yoghurt, butter, and cheese.
Hygiene and sanitation are paramount throughout the process and dairy farmers and processors work hand-in-hand to prevent contamination and ensure the highest quality standards in milk production.
Packing & Distribution
Dairy products are carefully packed and distributed to various vendors, ensuring their impeccable taste and texture remain intact during transportation. At Heler, skilled artisans apply traditional cheese-making techniques combined with modern technology, to craft an array of delectable cheeses.
Dairy companies collaborate with a network of retailers, supermarkets, and speciality stores to ensure their dairy products reach consumers across the country, offering a diverse range of options for customers to enjoy.
Cheese ageing and maturation are carefully monitored processes. Cheese wheels are typically stored in controlled environments with specific humidity and temperature levels to achieve the desired flavour profiles.
At the table
Finally, the journey of milk culminates at your table, where you can relish the delightful products that result from this remarkable process. The tang and zest of a creamy chunk of cheddar, the wholesome smooth caress of a glass of milk, the sweet finesse of a lush strawberry yoghurt; you can now relish and enjoy the produce of dairy, safe in the knowledge that they have passed through the hands of dedicated farmers, cutting-edge technology, and rigorous quality control.
The journey of milk is one of excellence and care, a testament to the unwavering commitment of companies to deliver the finest dairy products to your table.
The diverse range of dairy products available on the market today reflects the creativity and innovation of the dairy industry, catering to various tastes and preferences of consumers.