PRODUCT RECALL INFORMATION NOTICE
We are recalling our raw milk due to a link to six confirmed cases of campylobacter infection. Please do not consume any of our raw milk that you have at home. Instead, dispose of the milk or return it for a refund.
The vending machine is out of action while we carry out extra tests on our milk. As you can imagine it is of paramount importance to us that we know that our milk is of the highest possible quality.
Please do check back here for updates.
Farmer Richard Park and his sister Alison are taking their family tradition of selling fresh and unprocessed raw milk, which stretches back to their great grandfather’s trips to Kendal on the milk cart, into a new era.
This hard to find product comes straight from their herd of 170 Holstein, Swedish Red and Montbeliard cows that graze the farm’s fields; its provenance can be measured in farm yards and its taste reflects the grazing seasons.
Low Sizergh Barn raw milk is now available from the new vending machine in front of the barn entrance, where you can select glass or plastic bottles to fill with fresh milk every day.
What is raw milk?
Raw milk is an outstanding food; creamy, rich, nutritious and delicious. It is entirely unprocessed and has not undergone treatments such as homogenisation, pasteurisation, ultra-filtration or skimming.
Why have we decided to sell raw milk?
Raw milk is something that we have consumed every day of our lives; to us the word milk means the raw, natural product that comes straight from the herd. We believe that the link between your food and where it comes from should be absolutely clear. Our customers can see the cows in the parlour and then purchase the fresh milk – the distance from the milking parlour to the farm shop and the milk vending machine is short and rightly so; this is the story of dairy farming and farm fresh food revealed and celebrated.
This is also our way of adding value to a product that has long been undervalued and sold via a market that is subject to extreme price fluctuations. By selling our own premium product we are helping to ensure a positive future for our family dairy farm.
Raw milk: a slow food
Our farming and retailing businesses adhere to the slow food principles of good, clean and fair food that is flavoursome and healthy, does no harm to the environment and is sold at a price that is accessible for consumers and fair to the producers. Raw milk is just such a food.
Does raw milk taste different?
The taste of raw milk is very different to that of homogenised milk. This is in part due to the breed of the cow (our herd produces milk that is higher in fats and proteins so the milk has extra flavour and nutrients), and their diet (a high forage diet of grazed grass in spring, summer and autumn, and grass silage in winter leads to a high level of essential fatty acids and omega 3 plus a lower level of saturated fats).
How is raw milk produced?
As with any other milk, raw milk comes from the cows – you can watch milking in the parlour and experience the smells, sights and sounds of the herd as they are milked each day.
But that’s where the similarities end as raw milk is not treated or heated before being sold. It is carefully stored in the farm shop fridges and in the refrigerated vending machine so that you can enjoy a farm fresh product that’s packed with natural goodness and flavour.
We take extra care and attention at the point of milking, ensuring clean and careful preparation. Our milking staff are highly trained and our milk is always tested to make sure that we are maintaining high standards.
We are also very proud of our standards of care for the herd. We work hard to keep the cows healthy and have a very low incidence of mastitis and lameness. The cows enjoy a high forage diet, which is reflected in the quality of the milk, and they have comfortable beds with rubber matting in the winter and a huge rotating brush to provide scratching and massage services on demand – there’s often a queue.
How should raw milk be stored and consumed?
Please keep your raw milk in the fridge (4°C) and use within 5 days of purchase. Our glass bottles are ideal for storing and refilling – wash thoroughly and rinse with boiling water before reusing.