Our packaging facility is located less than 10 metres from where we milk our girls on our 90 stand rotary dairy. As fresh milk is collected it is immediately transferred through stainless steel pipework to be processed into retail packs, only minutes after each cow has been milked.
We can proudly state this unique system is exclusive to Bannister Downs Dairy. The benefits of this system result in only the freshest, pure milk for you, with the longest shelf life.
Our dairy cows are milked each morning and afternoon and then their fresh milk starts the process of ‘separation’. The separator is adjusted to make sure the cream content is exactly as required (min of 3.8% for Farm Fresh and 0.99% for All Lite). The cream is then homogenised to make sure that it remains evenly dispersed within the finished fresh milk. (Homogenisation is a physical process where cream is pushed through a tiny hole to make all of the cream particles a small and even size).
In the final stage of processing the fresh milk is heat treated using a traditional batch pasteurisation method. The low temperature pasteurisation system we use, we believe, may be nutritionally beneficial; enzymes and proteins are all heat sensitive and can be denatured at higher temperatures. Bannister Downs milk is only heated to a maximum of 66 degrees, where it is then held via a controlled water jacket (in a large tank), prior to flowing through a cooling system to achieve 4 degrees as quickly as possible to prevent any bacterial growth.
Bannister Downs Fresh Milk is now ready for packaging. It is piped from a chilled holding vat, into a filling room designed to meet superior hygiene levels, including a positive air pressure system, and a low ambient room temperature to prevent any opportunity for contamination or bacterial formation. Only processed milk is able to enter this room and it always leaves in a sealed pouch. Once packaged and sealed, the pouches of milk are placed in cartons and transferred to our chilled storage area, awaiting collection for distribution.
Where possible we maintain control over the distribution of our milk to your retail outlet and can guarantee our milk has been maintained in an optimal cold chain system. Our vehicles leave our premises loaded with fresh milk to supply shops within 6 -8 hours of collecting this milk from our girls – As Fresh as it Gets!
Our processing system is fully enclosed from when the milk leaves our cows in the dairy, right up until it is sealed into its pouch packaging. This system avoids any unnecessary contact with air or other potential contaminants, and ensures that we are able to offer the best quality fresh milk for you and your family.