[6 April/Rural Life]

Progressive Engineering continued to diversify its business by adding refrigeration and home heating services. Managing Director, Chris Hughes, said clients had asked about on-farm refrigeration services, so they delivered. Mr Hughes added that they were backed by the people in the electrical division and that is started with qualified refrigeration engineer Ben Henderson. He encouraged farmers to get on-farm refrigeration sorted as there was changing milk cooling regulations coming into effect. Raw milk must now be cooled to 10 degrees below within four hours and be cooled to 6 degrees below within the sooner of six hours from commencement of milking, or two hours from completion of milking. Progressive had the capacity and ability to make changed to on-farm fridge systems. The changes come into effect on June 1.