We had a chilled water system with the old shed which brought the milk down to around 10 degrees when it entered the vat meaning the chillers had to do a bit of work to bring it down further by the time it was picked up. We thought there had to be something better and liked the concept of VariCOOL which would chill the milk to below 6 degrees enabling us to meet the new cooling regulations when they were introduced.
It was also important for us to invest in a system which would future-proof the farm should we add to the acreage. The fact that VariCOOL ramps up to meet demand was very appealing as it meant it would simply continue to chill whatever milk goes through it to around 5 degrees by the time it enters the vat. We recently purchased a neighbouring property which sees the herd grow to 900 cows but won’t have to make any changes to our cooling system, which is great.
VariCOOL also fitted with our tight build timeframe, as the new unit was simply lifted into place beside the vat and we were ready to go.