Monday, 8 December 2014

Raw Milk NZ Style

While we were in New Zealand we learnt that just around the corner from my parents place a dairy farm had set up their own little self service milk store right at their farm gate.

It is a purpose built bottle filling station open to the public 7 days a week.  Inside there are 2 filling stations, a vending machine selling glass bottles and lids, bottle carry bags and rechargeable milk cards that you can load with money.

The filling station fills 1 litre bottles and all you do is put in your money or card, put your bottle in the little cupboard under the spout and press the button and the machine automatically dispenses 1 litre of milk.

You could bring your own bottle from home but you can also make a one off purchase of one of theirs (or if you forget to bring yours).  This dairy farm have clearly invested quite a bit of money to set up this farm shop but from all reports the shop is doing great and the community is really enjoying having easy access to raw milk.

Oh how I wish that it was so easy to access raw milk here in Australia but our laws are different and mean most of us have no access to raw milk let alone raw milk that came from the cow that day.

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of raw milk click here or here or here.

At least we know where we can easily access raw milk when we first move over and eventually we hope to have our own cow.

Do you have/wish you had access to raw milk?  Is it important to you?


  1. That is truly amazing!. Really, what a clever idea and i certainly cant see any health issues that the Govt could object to. Perhaps if someone were to bring a dirty container they could later claim it was the milk? Wow - i can see where you will be buying your raw milk.

    1. Lynda I know that pasturization was introduced to deal with TB concerns but now that we have good testing for TB in herds I think consumers should have the choice to purchase it if they are comfortable with that choice.

  2. I heard about this on National Radio, wonderful idea, very exciting to see photos of the real thing :)

    1. Liz it was a great set up and not too daunting for those who have no experience with on farm activities or raw milk. I was so clean and tidy and very modern and easy to use.


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