Scottish Milk Farm Upgrades with CPS

7th June 2007

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Bogany Farm, based on the Isle of Bute off the west coast of Scotland, has recently replaced its 30-year-old Wincanton pasteuriser with a new system from CPS.

The farm is located on a 96-acre site and has been processing milk to local outlets since the late seventies.  Being situated on an island it is much more economical for Bogany Farm to continue processing milk rather than buying it in from the mainland.  So although the existing pasteuriser had served the company extremely well, it wanted to streamline production and modernise the plant to secure independent processing for the future.

CPS, a global supplier of processing equipment for the dairy, food and beverage industries, manufactured and installed the original Wincanton pasteuriser, so when Bogany Farm needed a new unit, it was the natural choice to go back to the company.

Bogany Farm's proprietor, Ninian McAlister explains: "Over the years the old equipment produced consistent quality – it's been very reliable, incurred low maintenance costs and produced first-class milk.  But there are certain aspects of the machines design that we wanted to upgrade, and since CPS served us well in the past, we knew they could deliver on this development."

"In addition, a major consideration of choosing CPS was the depth, detail and interest they showed, even before we placed the order", added Mr McAlister who is joint partner in the business with his wife Rhona McAlister.

The new unit, which was installed in 2006, consists of an electrically heated skid mounted CPS milk pasteuriser, a REDA skid mounted self-cleaning separator, a FBF two stage homogeniser and a CPS cream cooling tank.  The development was partly funded by European grants.

Mr McAlister explained how different elements of the new system benefits the farm: "The new pasteuriser is run on electricity rather than a steam boiler so the whole operation is streamlined and more efficient.  Homogenisation is a modern requirement that we need – our customers don't expect to see an open cream line – so the new homogeniser takes this out of the process.  The separator is another critical element of the system – we wanted to minimise contact with the milk, and the new machine takes this element away completely.

"Originally, the milk bottles were filled by hand but the new equipment does this mechanically.  It cuts down on labour so skilled workers can be allocated more rewarding jobs", said Mr McAlister.

Having made the decision to upgrade the equipment, Bogany Farm had to consider where the new equipment would be installed and the existing factory was upgraded to house the new line.

The new system processes up to 220 gallons of milk per hour.  Bogany Farm milk is available in half litre, 1 litre, 2 litre and 3 litre plastic bottles.  All cream sizes are also available.

Manager of the Dairy, Food & Beverage Division at CPS, Graham Witt said: "In our experience, we have found that dairy farmers require equipment that is cost effective yet professionally designed and built but simple to install.  We used this principle for Bogany Farm's unit in the 1970s, and over thirty years later this framework, together with our modern technology, has provided the company with the solution they needed.  Many milk producers/processors purchased Wincanton pasteurisers in the '70's and we are very pleased to still be supporting the industry after so many years".

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