Tuesday 25th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Dairy cooperative upgrades tankers

Nineteen milk collection trucks have gone into service with Dairy Farmers of Britain. Supplied by GE Equipment Services, TIP Tanker Services for leading milk distributor Lloyd Fraser (Bulk Liquids), the vehicles are 32-tonne, 20,500-litre capacity stainless steel milk collection trucks.

Crossland Tankers (Burnley) designed and built the tanks and their high speed pumping system in co-operation with Dairy Farmers of Britain. The results are farm collection tankers with more than 20,000 litres capacity, pumping rates of 50,000-plus litres per hour, a low tare weight and excellent access to farms.

With highly efficient loading and unloading times of 21 minutes, the new tankers have been introduced as part of a GE-funded fleet modernisation program of replacing smaller, older units with new higher capacity tanks. Serviced and operated by logistics provider Lloyd Fraser, the new tankers are on a five-year operating lease provided by GE Equipment Services.

Dairy Farmers of Britain, dairy farmers’ co-operative, markets almost two billion litres of high quality milk a year from more than 3,250 member farms. Created in 2002 following the merger of Zenith Milk and the Milk Group, the company operates ten dairy processing sites and 60-plus product distribution depots.