24 Sep A visit to Aavin dairy
We are very excited to blog about our trip to Aavin Dairy (Sholinganallur) with the children from Dr. P.V.Rao School. We left for the plant on the morning of September 11 with 23 children from class 10. As soon as the van started, we started playing Antakshari and sang all the way to the plant (bringing back cherished memories from our schooling :-)).
First our visit guide took us to the dispatch centre where they explained how the raw milk from various cooperative centers across Tamil Nadu is sourced, stored and supplied to the processing plant.
At the lab, the various tests done to find the fat & protein content in milk, age of the milk etc., were demonstrated to the children. The children found this very interesting and were eager to hold the test tubes, analyse the milk themselves and ask questions. They were not willing to come out of the lab at all 😀
We were then guided to the purifying chambers, connecting chambers etc. They explained the mechanism of these and the role they played in the process flow.
The different types of pasteurised milk such as toned, standardised, full cream and double toned, and how these are categorised were elucidated. Samples of each were given and these tasted really yummy!! 😀 A live demonstration of adding ghee to the milk to get the desired SNF Ratio was quite fun to watch! And this was when we had some yummy cakes of fresh butter 😀
At the packaging section, we learnt how milk packets were labelled in batches and how to identify a set of packets if anything goes wrong.
Finally, we were taken to the disposal plant and explained the process of separating the waste from the milk using huge machines. It was interesting to know that the waste is further separated to get recyclable organic waste which is used in the manufacture of soap, and water for gardening.
Our visit concluded with a discussion about the observations the children made inside the plant. Just as we had expected, the children were able to explain everything they learned during the course of the visit. I am sure that this trip has been beneficial to our children in more than one way! Unfortunately factory policies restricted cameras, but here’s our memoir from the trip 🙂
The trip was great fun, and a good learning experience, our heartiest thanks to Aavin for the opportunity and its employees for explaining the processes in a simple and structured manner.
Aavin at Korattur focuses on milk processing and manufacture of products like butter, ghee, ice creams etc., we hope to visit that plant very soon, with another bright bunch of children! Till then, adieu!!