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A dairy cow can produce up to 21,500 litres of milk in her lifetime.

Activities

Milk collection

Laïta carries out milk collection

Laïta collects the milk and organises its dispatch to the different processing facilities.

  • The 3,250 dairy farms for collection are distributed across three geographically distinct basins, all located in north-west France: Finistère; Côtes-d’Armor and Morbihan; Loire-Atlantique, Ille-et-Vilaine and Maine-et-Loire.


  • Over 170 milk tanker drivers travel the roads of north-west France to collect the milk from the three Laïta Cooperatives. The quantities produced as well as the distance separating the dairy farms determine the frequency of collection, which may be every 48 or 72 hours.

    Milk collection is conducted in compliance with a very strict procedure ensuring optimum quality and fair prices for farmers.

    A visual control is performed before the so-called gauging stage whereby the volume present in the tank is accurately measured. During the pumping phase, samples are taken and identified in order to determine the chemical and bacteriological quality of the milk produced by the farmer.

    Before unloading, a test for inhibitory substances (antibiotics, antiseptics) is performed and samples are taken to test the quality of the mixture of the different milks collected and contained in the same tank.

    Upon arrival at the collection centre, the tanker first goes through the tanker wash. The milk is then transferred into the centre’s tanks where it is treated then sent to the different processing facilities.

    Tankers are washed externally and internally after each round.

     

    LAÏTA - Milk collection

  • Optimisation scheduling guarantees a correct supply of dairy raw materials to the different processing facilities, in terms of quantity, quality and time schedule. This involves monitoring sales predictions, rationalising flows between different Laïta sites, establishing an appropriate distribution plan and ensuring rigorous stock management.

    The facilities dedicated to the production of fresh products require the closest monitoring on a daily basis, as they practise just-in-time management and require very rapid adjustments to be made to material supplies.