Following Milk From Cow to You
It’s 4 a.m. and the first group of cows is entering the milking parlor. If you’ve ever been a nursing mom you know the relief they are looking for! Once the milk leaves the cow, it is piped to the milkhouse. The milkhouse is the place where it all happens! First the milk runs through a filter and then through the plate cooler. The plate cooler works like a radiator in a car. It cools the milk from the cow’s body temperature to approximately 47 degrees.
Next the milk flows into the bulk tank, which is a big storage tank. The bulk tank cools the milk further to 38 degrees. Because the milk is cooled quickly it has a much longer shelf life than it used to. Also, the milk is stirred in the bulk tank. It is stirred for even distribution of cooling and for proper sampling.
Then, to meet federal milk quality standards, the person that hauls the milk takes a sample of our milk from the bulk tank. The highest quality standard testing is done so you can be assured you are getting an excellent product.