Shane & Jacque Ashley

MATAMATA

"Future-Proofing the Farm"

FARM:              343 hectares
COWS:             900
DAIRY:              54 Bail Rotary
SOLUTION:      VariCOOL 22

"We're just finishing our fourth season with the VariCOOL 22 and we're very happy with it"

We built the new shed on the site of the old one in 2015. The herd was dried off on 1 March and the new shed had to be ready by 1 July so we didn’t have a lot of time.

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.

Cost wasn’t a factor because it will be here for years. Efficiency and ease of management are very important. The fact that the unit is constantly monitored with any issues remedied via the internet is reassuring, especially when you’ve got staff.

About Coolsense Chillers

Coolsense NZ Ltd is a Hamilton based Refrigeration and Thermal Energy Storage Systems (TESS) manufacturing company. Formed in February 2013, Coolsense specialises in the on-farm and agri-tech markets, primarily supplying chilling equipment to the dairy farm market. It is a dedicated lean manufacturing company and has been built from the ground up using systems that fully support an Original Equipment Manufacturing operation

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