All about milk
Not so fat facts
Did you know?
• Milk is healthy, full of calcium and nutrient rich
• Whole milk contains less than 4% fat.
• Semi Skimmed milk contains less than 2% fat.
• ‘the One’ contains 1% fat.
• Skimmed milk is virtually fat free.*
* Skimmed milk has a typical fat content of between 0.1 - 0.3%.
Fresh British milk is a delicious source of bone building calcium and just one 200ml glass provides 37% of an adult’s daily allowance. A young person would need to munch their way through more than 11 portions of spinach to match that!*
*Source: The Dairy Council
From farm to fridge
When it comes to getting milk from our farmers to your fridge, we know what we’re doing. We work with over 1,900 British farmers and their herds of cows to bring you farm assured fresh milk which goes to make the products you love.
To find out more about how your milk gets to you, visit www.thisisdairyfarming.com
At the farm
There are over 2 million cows in the UK. That’s a lot of cows. And cows eat a lot of grass. Their stomachs have four separate compartments, which means they can digest 100kg of grass every day.
You’ll find most of the dairy herds along the West side of Britain because this is where the pastures are greenest due to the rains that come in from the Atlantic. And for this simple, soulful reason, you’ll also find our dairies predominantly on the West of the UK.
On the tanker
Our tankers can hold up to 30,000 litres and are insulated to keep the milk cool. They collect the milk at each farm once a day and the driver checks the quality and takes a sample. This is tested again when the tanker returns to the dairy.
At the dairy
Once the tanker arrives at the dairy, we take another sample before the milk can be transferred to large chilled silos. Each of these holds up to 250,000 litres.From the silos, the milk goes to be pasteurised, which involves heating the milk very quickly to 72oC for a minimum of 25 seconds and then cooled to ensure there are no germs.
The cream is then separated from the milk before being combined to make the different types of milk, including whole milk and semi–skimmed milk. Whole milk is homogenised to mix the cream with the milk.
The milk is then packaged into cartons, plastic or glass bottles. All of which are colour-coded into the different types of milk, skimmed (red), semi skimmed (green), whole (blue) and 'the One' (purple).
To the depot
Once the milk has been packed, it is loaded into metal trolleys and sent to one of our distribution depots. These are located all over the country so the milk never has far to travel. Our depots store the milk in giant fridges that can hold over 1 million litres of milk.
To the fridge
The milk is then loaded onto refrigerated lorries and taken from the depots to schools, shops, restaurants and hospitals, ready to be taken home and enjoyed by you.