Milk production record set at plant

19:20, Nov 15 2012
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New Zealand Dairy's Studholme plant.

Fonterra's newly bought factory at Studholme has broken its own record for milk production.

It produced 924 metric tonnes (MT) of wholemilk powder in one week last month, beating its previous record of 910MT produced in October 2011. The record was achieved by improving the efficiencies of the factory's milk drier, Fonterra Studholme site manager Alan Maitland said.

"Our drier was only designed to produce 5MT per hour and we've managed to run it at 5.5MT per hour. This comes down to team work, skill and the meticulous planning prior to commencing production this season."

The record output occurred during the second-to-last week of October during peak milking. The drier operated 24 hours per day with no downtime during the record week.

"The record is an outstanding achievement and testament to the hard work of the 45 staff at Studholme," Mr Maitland said.

Studholme produces standard whole milk powder for sale on the GlobalDairyTrade platform. The relatively small size of the drier means it is also well suited for short and specialised manufacturing runs.

The 5-year-old plant sits on a 55-hectare site and has a production capacity of 30,000MT per season.


The Timaru Herald