Old Hall Farm is a micro dairy of Jersey cows that started selling raw milk in May 2017. The Mayhews saw it as an opportunity to diversify. They are now selling milk at the farm gate and at the farmers market.
Gelli Farm has diversified by selling raw milk from pedigree Ayrshire cows via the vending machine. After a long period of low milk prices they realised that making a change was crucial to avoid selling their beautiful herd of Ayrshire cows.
The Pemberton family have been farming in Lancashire, England for over 130 years. They are one of the oldest farming families. Now they have diversified with a raw milk vending machine and a new farm shop.
In many farming communities it is accepted that raw milk is a beneficial food. Even research show that farmers and their children enjoy protection from asthma and allergies due to raw milk consumption.
According to the Food Standards Agency the main benefit of selling raw milk direct is for farmers to get a fairer price for the milk. It is produced under strict quality procedures and sold direct to the consumer.
The greatest sight for dairy farmer Jon Appleby is seeing parents and kids walking into the farmyard to buy their eggs and milk from their local farm. His farm sells raw, unpasteurised milk direct to the consumer.
Hilltop Dairy Farm has deep roots in dairy farming since 1880. The farm embraced changed and now the consumer connection has been revived with the launch of Moo Cow Raw Milk.
Weir's Organic Raw Milk was named Best Food and Drink product at the Balmoral show, Northern Ireland's biggest food and farming event. The show attracted over 100,000 people from all over the UK.
Rosie and Dave milk Guernsey cows and have been selling their raw milk for over 20 years direct to the consumer. The last 15 years they've been selling their raw dairy on a weekly basis at the London Farmers' Markets.
Brothers Andrew and Henry Sturrock started to sell raw drinking milk in August 2016 from the raw milk vending machine direct to the public.
The farm was one of the first in the area to diversify with the DF Italia vending machine supplying raw, unpasteurised milk to the community. He bought the machine after seeing a story on the BBC's Countryfile about Suffolk Fen Farm Dairy, who was the distributor for the vending machine at the time (the story is not available for view in Australia). Another reason why Andrew decided to diversify is because of the low farm gate prices paid for milk. According to
this article, Home Farm is also within close proximity to the village of Hartlepool being just off the A19, and the cows can be seen from the road grazing in the field. The 150-cow herd is milk twice daily, is filtered and chilled to three degrees and then it’s put into the vending machine every night.
Andrew said that the reaction from customers have been very positive. People love the taste and keep coming back. Customers have a choice between glass and plastic in one or two litre bottles. They simply put their money in and push a button to fill up. They are the only vendors of raw milk in the Teeside and Country Durham area. Watch the TeesideLive story below:
Home Farm Elwick Raw milk: