Raw milk flow­ing at farm gate

Hauraki Herald - - RURAL - JILL CLEAVE

Their be­lief in the ben­e­fits of nat­u­ral food and dairy prod­ucts has prompted one Hau­raki Plains dairy­ing cou­ple to ex­pand their busi­ness to al­low the pub­lic ac­cess to raw milk at an af­ford­able price at the farm gate.

Neil and Glenda Gray have ren­o­vated an old milk­ing shed on their prop­erty on Hau­raki Rd and in­cluded a vend­ing ma­chine which dis­penses pure, unadul­ter­ated raw milk.

Glenda said it was com­pletely nat­u­ral milk from grass to glass and comes com­plete with nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring bac­te­ria, en­zymes and pro­teins.

‘‘The shed has been ren­o­vated to meet the lat­est the Min­istry of Pri­mary In­dus­tries food safety stan­dards and we fol­low a rig­or­ous test­ing regime to en­sure harm­ful bac­te­ria is kept to a min­i­mum while still keep­ing all the good bac­te­ria and en­zymes,’’ she said.

The raw milk herd of 20 mixed breed cows have been specif­i­cally cho­sen as they pro­duce A2 milk.

Cows ei­ther pro­duce A1 or A2 milk and the Gray’s cows have all been DNA tested to en­sure they are pro­duc­ing A2 milk.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween the two kinds of milk is the po­si­tion of amino acid on the beta ca­sein mol­e­cule. The dif­fer­ence in struc­ture of the mol­e­cule leads to a dif­fer­ence in their break­down dur­ing di­ges­tion which is why some peo­ple, in­clud­ing chil­dren, who can­not tol­er­ate pas­teurised milk can tol­er­ate A2 milk.

But­ter­cup Dairies runs the shop herd sep­a­rately from its com­mer­cial herd and on a sep­a­rate part of the farm. They are pas­ture fed and have no sup­ple­ments of meal or palm ker­nel and there are no an­tibi­otics used on them.

‘‘Both the shop herd and the com­mer­cial herd are Wel­farm ac­cred­ited which is one of the best prac­tice ini­tia­tives XL Vets have de­vel­oped for New Zealand farm­ers and pro­vides a trans­parency for end users of our prod­uct as to the health and well­be­ing of an­i­mals on our farm,’’ she said.

Get­ting your fix of raw milk is an easy process at But­ter­cup Dairies. You drive straight up to the door of the shop, buy a one litre glass bot­tle and then fill it at the vend­ing ma­chine.

In the shop is a sign with the date the milk in the vend­ing ma­chine was pro­duced and a use-by date. These can be recorded by the buyer on a spe­cially de­signed tag which can then be placed on the neck of the bot­tle.

But­ter­cup Dairies is lo­cated at 124 Hau­raki Road, Tu­rua and is open from 7am to 7pm seven days a week with the grand open­ing on Satur­day.

Join Glenda and Neil for a sausage siz­zle, shed tour, meet the cows and buy some farm fresh milk to take home and en­joy the rich creami­ness.

Check out the web­site but­ter­cup­dairies.co.nz

JILL CLEAVE/STUFF

Glenda Gray holds a bot­tle of raw milk fresh from her vend­ing ma­chine.

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