Monday, February 28, 2011

Farm to Table:Dairy Value Chain

Milk transport

Milk is transported from farm to processing company in insulated tanker trucks.  The average truck carries 5800 gallons of milk and travels approximately 500 miles round trip.

The milkman comes to Kylecrest Holsteins LLC every other day to pick up, and before he does anything he takes a sample out of the bulk tank.  He places the sample in a vial that goes in the cooler and then he takes a sample out of the bulk tank that goes in another vial and is placed in another cool and kept separate.  The milk is then taken to a processing plant and it is turned into cheese. 

References:USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, 2010

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