High-quality milk is essential for cheese production and DeLaval is the market leader in France for serving dairy farmers that deliver milk to cheese makers.
Unpasteurized milk is used to produce a huge variety of cheeses, with over 1,000 distinct types of cheese made in France alone. Cheese made from unpasteurized or raw milk is at a higher risk of being contaminated by bacteria that can pose food safety issues. This places greater demands on milking processes and overall milk quality management to promote high milk quality.
In France, DeLaval is the nationwide market leader in supplying dairy producers that produce high quality milk for cheese production. It develops close relationships with dairy producers for cheese production and has a comprehensive dealer network.
“Our ‘InService™ All-Inclusive’ concept provides farmers with everything they need to ensure high quality – from the preventative servicing of equipment to the delivery of consumables,” says Vincent Smagghe, Vice President Market Development and Sales Support at DeLaval EMEA. “DeLaval is unique in that we are the only company that designs, manufactures and delivers all the equipment, services and consumables farmers need through a customised and fully integrated multi-year contract.”
Florent Duclos is a dairy farmer that is part of a family-run agricultural civil society (ACS) that annually produces 1.4 million litres of milk with 135 Montbéliarde cows in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. The ACS delivers milk for cheeses such as ‘Tomme de Savoie’, ‘Raclette de Savoie’ and ‘Emmental de Savoie’. “Milk quality is essential to our business and was a driving factor for choosing DeLaval equipment, including three DeLaval VMS™ V300 milking systems,” explains Duclos. “Since switching to DeLaval equipment in early 2020, we have increased production as well as further decreased our cell count, which is fundamental to milk quality. The V300 is an important part of this by providing automated milking and ensuring clean and dry teats.”