Farm To Factory: Tips For The Entrepreneurial Mind

16 June 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


You can make good money by venturing into the milk-processing business. In order to increase your chances of success with this business venture, you need to first identify the most ideal industrial space where you will set-up your processing facility.

Various factors will come into play when choosing the right location for a milk-processing plant. This article discusses two factors that you should remember when choosing between different industrial locations.

The Road Network

The distance between a potential location for your facility and the dairy farm(s) that will supply you with fresh milk is perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the ideal industrial location. The closer your facility is to the dairy farm(s), the higher the chances that milk will be delivered to the facility in good time, right? Not necessarily.

The state of the road network that connects a processing plant to the dairy farm(s) may be more important than the actual distance between the farm(s) and the facility. For example, if the processing plant is nearer to the dairy farm(s) but the road network is severely dilapidated, the timely delivery of milk may not be a guarantee. It's more probable that milk will be delivered to your factory on time if the road network is in good shape even if the distance between the facility and the farm(s) is slightly greater.

The Required Operational Facilities

A milk processing plant is bound to produce significant quantities of heat through its daily operations. For this reason, milk processors are often required to invest in cooling towers that help to regulate the excess heat.

As such, it's important for you to examine the types of cooling tower used in your preferred industrial location(s). Cooling towers come in two configurations. Counter-flow cooling towers are often preferred because they allow for constant contact between cold water and dry air within the tower. In a cross-flow tower, dry air often comes into contact with warm water within the tower. This limits the effectiveness of the heat transfer process in a cross-flow tower, thereby making them less efficient.

If your preferred location doesn't already have a cooling tower, you need to ascertain that the available amount of external space within the facility will be sufficient for the installation of one.

If you're considering a rural location for your milk-processing plant, it may be a good idea to settle for a plant that has a stand-alone power system (e.g. wind turbines/solar panels) because mains electricity supply in rural areas is often erratic.