Published 29 May 2021
JUNE 1 WORLD MILK DAY & RAW MILK TRANSPORTATION
History Of Milk
It is estimated that humans have consumed dairy products from cows, sheep and goats for at least 10,000 years. Archaeological evidence from as far back as the Neolithic revolution (8000 BCE), points to the use of milk in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
We still use milk to this day because it has proved to be positive for both our nutrition and our longevity. Not only is milk loaded with nutrients from protein to vitamins and minerals, but associated with reducing risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. So should adults as well as children drink milk. Drinking milk made sense 10,000 years ago and it still makes sense today.
20th Anniversary Of World Milk Day
World Milk Day was introduced in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) to recognize the importance of milk as a global food, and to celebrate the dairy sector. Each year since, all aspects of milk and dairy, including their benefits with regards to health and nutrition, affordability and accessibility and the sector’s passion and commitment to feeding our communities are celebrated on World Milk Day.
The 2021 celebrations will start with the Enjoy Dairy Rally from 29 to 31 May and culminate with World Milk Day on Tuesday 1 June. The celebrations are global and will be held in many countries around the world, with the number of countries and activities increasing each year.
Raw Milk Transportation
Have you ever wondered how and under what conditions raw milk is transported from farms to factories, which is vital for all living things, but can spoil very quickly if the necessary care is not taken? Shipping milk and other dairy products requires a lot of care. The quality of the cargo has to be secured throughout the whole journey.
We can define milk transportation as the delivery of the raw milk from the collection point to the processing facility at the most affordable cost and in the shortest time possible, and the transportation and storage of the product in the cold chain until the consumer purchases the product.
The Journey Of Milk From Farm To Table
The raw milk is clean as soon as it comes out of the cow's udder. It is important to note that milk never touches human hands. On the dairy farm, equipment pumps milk directly from the cows to a refrigerated storage tank, where it is quickly cooled to preserve freshness and safety.
Fresh milk is driven from the dairy farm to a local dairy processing plant in an insulated, sealed tanker truck. You’ve probably seen one on the highway – it is similar to a giant thermos on wheels. Every tanker load of milk is strictly tested for antibiotics both on the farm (prior to leaving) and at the processing plant (prior to being unloaded from the tanker truck). If raw milk is suitable, it is accepted and stored in a cold environment (+4 degrees) and delivered to the processing facility. In the enterprise, raw milk is subjected to retesting and the appropriate ones are received, and those that are not suitable are rejected.
Not only are these trucks routed by computer program 7/24 to take the most efficient routes between dairy farms, save time and fuel, they also communicate directly with dairy farmers to determine when the optimal time to pick up milk is.
However, the process from milking to production is extremely critical and important in terms of maintaining product quality and hygiene. If the milk will not be collected within 2 hours after milking, it should be cooled to 8°C, if it is to be collected daily, it should be cooled below 8°C, if it is not collected daily, it should be cooled to below 6°C. While the milk is being transported to the processing and production facility, its temperature should not exceed 10°C.
All tanks, vehicles and equipment are cleaned and disinfected after each collection. “Keep it clean, keep it cold, keep it moving” is the dairy supply chain’s mantra and this “milk cold chain” begins after milking the cow and continues through processing, distribution, retail and consumption. Because of milk’s perishability, milk moves quickly from farm to table.
Frachtbox Supports Milk Transportation
Frachtbox.com, which accommodates offers for all kinds of transportation from palletized to dry bulk cargo, from liquid to project and heavy transportation, also supports the cooperation of transporters and manifacturers in milk transportation.
Happy World Milk Day!