Australian company builds state of art dairy and low-temperature pasteurisation plant to preserve quality of milk


The new Bannister Downs dairy farm and facility is being built with the future in mind. Construction has begun on Bannister Downs Dairy’s fresh, flavoured milk and cream processing facility and tourist destination at Northcliffe, Western Australia. The $30 million plant is to BDD-pla.jpgbe called The Creamery, and is being backed by Gina Rinehart’s Hope Dairies, which is a subsidiary of Hancock Prospecting. The company currently makes premium full-cream, light, flavoured and non-homogenised milk and cream and exports to Singapore. The plant is being built by Bunbury-based Perkins Builders on the farm of Sue and Mat Daubney, the owners of Bannister Downs Dairy. The process equipment supplier is the Australian arm of German-based GEA Group, and the facility will be fully automated and includes the latest state-of-the-art technology, according to GEA. “The low temperature pasteurisation system we use, we believe, may be nutritionally beneficial; enzymes and proteins are all heat sensitive and they can be denatured at higher temperatures,” the company says. “Our milk has never been over 68 degrees. This also suggests Bannister Downs milk will make the perfect coffee, because it hasn’t been exposed to high temperatures.” De Laval is supplying the robotic rotary dairy that will include a ‘voluntary’ milking system which will add to the company’s ethical dairy farming practices and is capable of milking more than 500 cows three times a day…… Read

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