As mentioned in our last blog, the Madden Milk Cooler™ is in the works. We’re excited at the potential of working in a new market. The idea behind this actually came from an attempt at rejuvenating our agricultural business with our metering pumps. While on a local farm the question, “how important is it to get the milk cold as quickly as possible” came up. After some discussion it was deemed worth looking into.
The discussion was based on the idea that small farms would always be interested in products to ensure milk quality, specifically pre-cooling milk before the cooling/storage tank. However, most of them could not justify the expense of a plate heat exchanger, which depending on farm size, can range anywhere from $3,500 to upwards of $10,000.
At Madden, we decided to take the principles of our Sample Coolers, and make a standard continuous cooler designed to be a justifiable expense at the “family farm” level.
| Madden Milk Cooler™ vs. Milking Plate Heat Exchangers (DeLaval, Mueller, etc) |
(Serving a 30 cow farm for example, 5-10 cows at a time)
| Madden Milk Cooler™ || Plate Coolers |
|Capable of brining 86°F body temperature down to approximately 60°F using only ground water||Capable of brining 86°F body temperature down to approximately 55°F using only ground water|
|Must be placed before receiving jar, inline, utilizing vacuum pump||Capable of being placed in line after receiving jar, just before the cooling tank, utilizing milk grade centrifugal pump.|
|Self-cleaning/draining: the tubing spirals down and out of the body of the shell, milk and cleaning solution will not sit/rest anywhere in the device||Must occasionally be cleaned manually (ie. Disassembled and washed)|
|Because this design uses the vacuum side of the receiver jar, up to a certain point (to be determined through testing) it will not matter how many cows are milked at a time (apprx 1-15 for example is expected to be fine)||Because this design is typically placed on the milk grade centrifugal pump side of the receiver jar, usually extra plates must be purchased to handle the increased capacity.|
|No wasted water: After passing through, cooling water can continue on to water livestock. For cows, warmer water is drank in larger quantities, resulting in a larger milk yield|
|Reduces stress on radiator on the cooling tank, resulting in lower electric costs|
|Helps ensure milk quality|
|Made with sanitary grade stainless steel|