Raw Milk producers Hook and Son visit Australia

Stephen and Phil Hook came to Australia for a few days arriving on the 5th of March for the screening of the documentary film, The Moo Man, as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine festival and presented by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria. Details here.

Steve and his family are British organic farmers from East Sussex producing raw milk for human consumption.  The family farm have been selling unpasteurised milk directly to the public since 2007 and the film documents the process beautifully.   They currently sell at 20 farmers markets, deliver locally and also via nationwide deliveries.  

Steve loves to highlight the plight of the small family farmer.  In the recent interview with the ABC, Rising demand for raw milk, he says dairy farmers in the UK are leaving the industry and disappearing at a rate of 1 every day.  Selling raw milk is a way for these dairy farmers to get an income stream that can save them.  The FSA (Food Standards Agency) considers raw milk a low risk food and current regulation enables thriving business selling raw milk and raw milk products.  Raw milk saved Steve's farm and those of other British raw milk producers, but it remains an untapped market here in Australia.  

  Buy or rent the film here.

 

Buy or rent the film here.

In the interview Rising demand for raw milk, the discussion includes Adam Jenkins, the President of the United Dairy farmers of Victoria and Lorraine Haase, communications manager for Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.  FSANZ is the same regulator who regulates New Zealand's thriving raw milk industry.  Presenter Michael Williams asks why is raw milk not regulated in Australia?  It's an interview not to be missed!

 

Thank you Steve for these great interviews and testimonies for a regulated, raw milk industry:

UK-based dairy farmer backs raw milk consumption

Rising demand for raw milk

ABC Country Breakfast RN

 
Steve (left) and Phil Hook are among over 200 licensed producers of certified raw milk in England. Foil-capped 'green top' bottles are familiar to raw milk drinkers across the country.  They also sell raw butter, raw cream and ghee.

Steve (left) and Phil Hook are among over 200 licensed producers of certified raw milk in England. Foil-capped 'green top' bottles are familiar to raw milk drinkers across the country.  They also sell raw butter, raw cream and ghee.

 

The Film:  The Moo Man

The remarkable story of a maverick farmer and his unruly cows, filmed over four years on the marshes of the Pevensey Levels.
In an attempt to save his family farm, Stephen Hook decides to turn his back on the cost cutting dairies and supermarkets, and instead stay small and keep his close relationship with the herd. 
However farmer Hook's plans to save the farm do not always go down well with his 55 spirited cows. The result is a laugh-out-loud, emotional roller-coaster of a journey. 
"Heart warming, a tearjerker of a movie about the incredible bonds between man, animal and countryside.".

Video:  The Moo Man trailer, 1 minute long 

 

 

Video:  A typical Monday Morning on the Farm of Hook & Son.


Video:  Borough Market partnered with TOAST to create a special series of events in March 2015 to delve into the history, science and politics of our kitchen staples. This video shows some of the highlights from the first talk: Milk.

 

Video:  Steve talks about producing and selling raw milk, at Abergavenny Food Festival, September 2011.

Video:  Unboxing a raw organic milk delivery from Hook & Son organic farms. 



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