Raw Milk Case Studies
This is an in-depth look at some raw milk dairies around the world. They are all very unique depending on the regulations or legalities that apply to them. This page may be of particular interest to dairy farmers seeking information about other raw milk dairies around the world. Some of the articles have audio interviews with the farmers themselves or videos showcasing their business. Please note: we have well over 30 case studies, however this page displays only 30. Regulators and policy makers, please see the following page: Raw Milk Around the World.
Raw milk in Connecticut is exclusively produced by small, local farms and its fans often highly value their connection to the farmer. The milk is sold from the farmer's market, from a farm stand or a retail store.
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.
Ben and Kristen are selling shares in their herd of 100% grass-fed Jersey cows in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. They are now producing a great quality raw milk because of adopting the standards of another state.
This family allowed us a peek into their lives and how they converted from producing milk to the processor to raw milk. Eleven years on there are 70 animals on the farm producing 350 gallons of raw milk per day.
This farm in England installed a raw milk vending machine after a hard couple of years for farmers and hopes to sell at least 50 litres a day to top up what they had lost in recent years.
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.
Mark Lopez is an ex-veterinarian who utilised his experience to produce excellent quality raw dairy products from grass-fed Ayrshire cows. After almost a decade he knows the value of the food he is producing for the local community.
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.
William and Alex Wales of Norfolk joined the steady RAW MILK revolution by installing a milk vending machine on their farm rather than leaving the industry. Alex admits that it is selling better than expected.
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.
This farm has a unique history rooted deep in their community and in food of value. The Alexander family in Richmond, Virginia operate a cow share program along with other pastured products.
The Coursey's dream to farm started in 2008 after contemplating what to do in their retirement years. For almost a decade now they have been selling raw goat's milk directly to the consumer and loving it.
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.
This farm is popular with locals and raw milk tourists from Australia and New Zealand. Thank you Bunkers Hill dairy for making your farm 'public friendly' and inviting consumers in.
Ahimsa dairy hails from a culture that reveres the cow as sacred. Forget politics, what the world needs now is a revolution in consciousness.
Smiling Tree Farm micro-dairy have a small herd of only 7 Jersey cows who are grazed all year round on organically grown pasture. They eat grass, clover, wildflowers and a diverse mixture of highly nutritious herbs.
The farm has a cow boarding program, which means you can own your own cow and board it at the farm. The farmer feeds, cares for and milks your cow and you benefit by being able to utilise the milk.
Farmers are going the extra mile because they want a better price and better market for their milk. Direct contact with the consumer is more value added and satisfying. They learn what the consumer wants.
These dairy farmers say they have had enough of poor returns. They say that the current setup of the dairy industry means they have no say or control over the prices they receive for their milk.
The community around the Adirondacks are at the edge of this wave of really smart entrepreneurial, creative young farmers who are coming into farming at a time when it seems like most are exiting it.
At this small boutique dairy, animal welfare and producing real food with compassion is high on the list. Owner Fiona Provan has realised her vision for compassionate, sustainable dairy farming. This unique model is made possible by the high value of RAW MILK in the UK.
Recently Low Sizergh Barn farm just received the 2016 National Trust's Fine Farm Produce award for their raw milk. One of the judges said: "the milk smelt like double cream. A truly excellent product."
Crawford’s farm is a small certified organic farm dedicated to regenerative farming and production of high quality delicious raw milk, raw cream and raw butter from their pasture-raised Irish Shorthorn milking cows.
Gibraltar farm has been in the Burrow family for three generations and is now selling raw milk to continue their way of life and secure the farm for the next generation. Falling milk prices have meant making changes a necessity.
Chaseholm Farm is run by siblings Rory and Sarah Chase. Sarah manages the dairy herd and their grazing lands, while Rory turns that milk into delicious cheeses. The farm produces RAW MILK and crafts a number of different styles of cheese, most out of the French Tradition. Follow their story here.
Raw milk has become a lifeline to farms in Hertfordshire that, without selling it, might otherwise go out of business. The Raw Milk revolution have given these dairy farmers an avenue to diversify in order to survive and some of them seem to thrive.
Brian Harville's farm in beautiful Tennessee offers raw Jersey milk cow-shares from their registered, purebred Jersey cows. In the state of Tennessee raw milk sales are prohibited. However raw milk can be obtained by owning a share in the herd.
In England there is legislation to support smaller dairy farmers in producing premium raw milk from healthy, grass-fed cows to mitigate risk. ARMM calls on the Australian government to install similar legislation to save small family farms affected by the current dairy crisis.
Delph House Farm’s owners Jeremy and Louise Holmes are passionate about their new venture selling raw milk from vending machines off the farm. Jeremy admits that the experience has exceeded his expectations.