Is your refrigeration ready?
With the calving season swiftly approaching, now is the time to be proactive and identify any potential refrigeration issues.
It’s a good idea to run few refrigeration checks two weeks before putting milk in the vat to ensure a smooth start to the new season.
How to perform a refrigeration check:
- Fill the vat with enough water to cover the agitator paddle.
- Turn on the refrigeration.
- Check that the thermostat is working.
- Check that the vat refrigeration unit starts and at least one fan is running.
- If you have more than one fan and the second fan isn’t running, this could be happening for several reasons and does not necessarily indicate a fault, it could simply be that the ambient temperature isn’t high enough.
- Watch the vat thermostat to see if the temperature is dropping while the vat refrigeration unit is running.
- The refrigeration unit should turn off once the desired temperature is achieved (4–5 °C).
For optimum cooling performance, your plate cooler should be professionally serviced annually, checking for pressure, flow, blockages, and leaks.
A tip for those new to the dairy industry - it’s normal to have low milk volumes for the first 4-5 days of milking, so you will need to manually control your refrigeration. We recommend turning on your refrigeration unit at the end of milking to reduce the risk of milk freezing.
Every farm is different
We have a dedicated customer services support centre with decades of experience, your first point of contact for any dairy refrigeration concerns.
If you require assistance with a breakdown, an underperforming refrigeration unit, or would like to discuss your chilling requirements from cow to tanker, call us on 0800 500 387