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SLU and Norrmejerier create unique possibilities to follow the milk from farm to cheese

Published: 30 October 2020
Two people are making wheels of cheese. Photo.

SLU in Uppsala and Umeå runs several projects in collaboration with Norrmejerier and Växa Sverige which link forage and routines on the individual farm with the raw milk quality and its effect on the maturation of cheese.

New infrastructure – new possibilities

The Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden (NJV) has invested in a new infrastructure at SLU’s research farm at Röbäcksdalen during 2020. It is now possible to separate the milk from parts of the herd and deliver smaller quantities for use in research and product development. This investment is the first of its kind in Sweden and increases the possibilities to research the whole food value chain from field to final product. Last week the first common test was done, starting with milking the animals in Umeå and ending with making cheese in Norrmejerier’s new pilot plant in Burträsk, within just a few hours. Thanks to a relatively small investment and a good collaboration between NJV and Norrmejerier, we now have a “state of the art” facility, with great potential for the future!

The future is now

Already this winter 2021 we will make cheese with milk from cows eating different types of silage as base. We will focus on the pathways of the good and aroma producing lactic acid bacteria from the herbage in the field to the final dairy product. The project, which is a part of SLU’s Livs ID program, i.e. the government's investment in doctoral students in the food industry, will mean a lot for both research in dairy science and for development and production of new and traditional dairy products.

Two cows are eating silage. Photo.
Microbial quality of silage is affected by many factors and the differences have effects on the cheese production. Photo Jenni Burman.
A steel milk tank. Photo.
The small milk tank installed at Röbäcksdalen research farm makes it possible to separate milk from different groups of animals in the barn. Photo Annika Höjer.
Two people are standing by a cheese production tank. Photo.
Research manager Karin Hallin-Saedén och Cheese master Thomas Rudin from Norrmejeier by the new test facility for cheese production in Burträsk. Photo Anders Hammarström.


Thomas Eliasson, PhD student
Norrmejerier ek. för./Department of Molecular Sceinces, SLU

Mårten Hetta, Researcher/deputy Head of department
Department of Agriculture Research for Northern Sweden, SLU, +46(0)90 786 8747, +46(0)70-589 83 55

Åse Lundh, Professor
Department of Molecular Sciences, SLU, +4618-672037

Annika Höjer, specialist on milk raw material
Norrmejerier ek.för., +4690-182878