Keeping milk cooling records

Farmers must confirm periodically that their farm’s milk cooling system is performing to the standard set by the new rules.

 
Cool milk keeps bacteria at bay.

Raw milk grows bacteria rapidly above 7˚C, so adequate milk cooling is essential for ensuring quality milk is supplied.

 
Milk cooling accounts for 30% of total energy costs of the dairy.

Milk cooling affects milk quality: the quicker the milk is cooled after milking, the better the quality when it is collected from the farm.

Woodville farmer Matthew Jackson says his solar powered milk shed has cut his power bill by over 50%.

A Woodville, Tararua dairy farmer is halving his dairy shed power bill with a solar power system he will pay for in six years. And it has no batteries. Peter Burke reports.

Cows crowd together and seek shade when the temperature soars.

Dairy cows in all regions are affected by heat stress during summer. The comfort zone of a cow is 4-20°C, about 10-15° lower than the comfort zone of a human.

No one is more passionate about breeding better dairy cows than Ray Lawrence, Taranaki.

 

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