FAQs

Here are some of the most popular questions that we are asked. If your question is not listed here, please contact us and we will do our best to answer it for you.

What do you feed your cows?

Our cows graze on grass in the summer.  Some fields are set aside and mown to make grass silage and this is what the cows eat in the winter when the grass stops growing.

Why don’t you call your milk “raw milk”?

We prefer to use the term “real milk” or “fresh milk”. You don’t say “I eat raw apples” or “I drink raw water” – so why would you say “I drink raw milk”?

Why does your unpasteurised milk have a health warning?

Its the law. Pasteurised milk may also contain organisms harmful to health but the law does not require pasteurised products to carry the same warning.

How do I know your unpasteurised milk is clean?

We pay meticulous attention to the hygiene of the milk all the way from the cow to the bottle.  We have a food safety management system in place that we verify with frequent testing for pathogens.

Do you drink unpasteurised milk yourself?

Absolutely! Every day!

Why do you call your unpasteurised cream “Extra Double Cream”?

We liked the sound of it and it reflects the extra creaminess of the cream. Our cream is really creamy. Its practically solid when cold and doesn’t slosh around in the tub like even double cream can do!

Is your ice cream unpasteurised?

No. The milk in the ice cream is pasteurised as part of the ice cream making process.

Do you sell unpasteurised skimmed or semi-skimmed milk?

No, all our milk is sold with the full cream content.  Depending on the time of year this will vary from 5% to over 6%.

Why is the milk a different colour at different times of the year?

Its all down to the cows’ diet. In the summer when their diet is largely grass, the milk is that lovely characteristic yellow colour. In the winter the milk is much paler. It still tastes great whatever time of year.

Why can’t I buy your unpasteurised milk in the supermarket or local store?

The law won’t allow it. You may only buy unpasteurised milk direct from the producer.

Do you do mail order?

Yes! Have a look at our mail order page.  We deliver four days a week to most places in the UK.  If you are in a very remote area we may not be able to deliver to you, we will let you know if that is the case.

What about TB?

All cattle herds in the UK are subject to routine TB tests at intervals from 90 days to 4 years.  Producers who sell unpasteurised drinking milk have to have annual tests.  We are in a TB ‘hotspot’ and if any of our herd react to the test (even if its just the bull!) we can’t sell you milk until we have two clear tests 60 days apart.  Even the Food Standards Agency admit the risk is negligible, but this is the law.  You can read more about this topic at:

http://www.food.gov.uk/news/newsarchive/2011/mar/rawmilk

Are you organic?

We are not certified as Organic.  We farm to most organic principles i.e. we don’t use pesticides, artificial fertilisers or prophylactic antibiotics.  It is a myth that non-organic farmers use hormones to boost milk yields, or have antibiotic residues in the milk – both these practices are illegal in the UK, organic or otherwise.

Is your milk A2A2?

Jersey cows tend to carry the A2A2 gene.  For some years we have only been using bulls that carry the A2A2 gene so we suspect the herd is now predominantly A2A2.  We haven’t tested all the cows as firstly it is expensive but more importantly we keep all our cows to the full extent of their healthy lives and would not elect to slaughter a cow simply because she was A1A2 or A1A1.

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