Raw milk on way for Hamilton

GERALD PIDDOCK
Last updated 10:46 20/09/2013
Gordonton dairy farmers Rebecca and Graham Barlow are the latest to sell raw milk under the Village Milk brand.
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IN THE RAW: Gordonton dairy farmers Rebecca and Graham Barlow are the latest to sell raw milk under the Village Milk brand.

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Raw milk will be available to Hamilton consumers at the end of the month.

The milk will be sold at Graham and Rebecca Barlow's Gordonton farm under the Village Milk brand.

The Barlows were keen on the concept of selling raw milk, and investigated opening a Village Milk operation on their farm.

"Raw milk is unpasteurised, and requires a substantial amount of preparation before milking to ensure that the milk is clean and safe, followed by filtering and refrigeration and finally the filling of a glass bottle from the Italian automatic dispenser at the farm gate, " Barlow said.

The farm is the first in the Waikato to sell raw milk under the Village Milk brand and the first in the Waikato.

Village Milk's pilot scheme at Golden Bay led to inquiries from farmers and consumers throughout the country and drove demand for more Village Milk farms.

Village Milk's raw milk had been well received by consumers at existing sites in the upper South Island, Village Milk chief executive Mark Houston said.

"We attract a range of people, mainly those who care about their families' health."

Village Milk Gordonton opens on September 28, and will be celebrated with a fair where people can see the cow herd, learn more about raw milk and taste it for themselves.

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