Facts & FAQ
Quite honestly, we could talk about dairy farming all day long. We love it when people have questions or are interested to know more. Given that sitting you all down to talk through each and every question is neither viable nor… possibly, after a while… good for any of us, we thought we’d encourage you to do this at your own pace. Perhaps with a latte, made with Trink milk maybe? Either way here’s some more information that might be of interest.
See anything we’ve missed or want to know more? Let us know via the Contact page!
Grass-fed or pasture-fed
Feeding cows grass or pasture-fed makes the milk our cows produce richer in Omega-3 fats, vitamin E, beta-carotene and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) – the beneficial fatty acid. This can benefit the immune system and reduce the risk of heart attacks.
Most milk is homogenised to distribute the fat globules evenly to prevent the cream from separating and rising to the top. Some research suggests that homogenising may alter the amino acids found in milk, transforming them into allergic proteins that are not recognised by our body’s immune system. Modern dairy has regularly been attributed to the increase in sinus congestion and intolerances, homogenising could be a reason why.
The fact that our milk has been so carefully handled and not homogenised or standardised means that the milk handles better – so for coffees for example when frothing for lattes etc – just ask a Barista!
We do not sell this but it is widely available with the healthy eating/thinking community. Once you have obtained the granules, anyone can make it with our milk.
Q. Why is your milk different to the milk available in most shops and supermarkets?
A. One of the main differences is that our milk is gently pasteurised and extrememly fresh.
It is definitely not homogenised and is not standardised. This means that our milk has been less “processed” which helps to maintain the natural taste and texture. The fact that the milk is not homogenised means that the cream will rise to the top of the bottle, just like it always used to! The fact that is it not standardised means that it retains the cream, flavour, texture and is less processed.
Homogenisation means to process milk so that the fat droplets are emulsified and the cream does not separate.
Standardising is where milk is separated into its cream and liquid components, and then re-blended to create the required amount of fat for whole, semi-skimmed and skimmed.
Our milk is extremely fresh with our pasteurising process starting within an hour of the cows being milked. Our milk only travels a few metres from the cow to the bottle. The milk is then sold at the farm or collected for delivery the next morning.
Q. Do you sell semi-skimmed milk and clotted cream?
A. No, at this stage we are only selling pasteurised whole milk.
Q. Can you freeze Trink milk?
A. Yes, it’s ok to freeze milk and best to do so on the day of purchase! Due to the fact that milk expands, never freeze it in a glass bottle and make sure you leave room in the container so it won’t burst.
After you have frozen your milk, it can be thawed in the refrigerator or in cold water and is safe for consumption. To restore the smoothness, you can give it a good shake.
Remember you don’t have to throw milk away – you can always plan something different. Freeze it, cook with it or try adding it to easy to make pancakes, rice pudding, cheese sauce for macaroni or cauliflower cheese etc. Soups and porridge are more nutritious made with milk.
Q. Do you support the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle campaign.
A. Yes we do, and we hope that customers recycle their bottles after use. We ask that you please recycle your containers responsibly.
Q. How do we pay for the milk at the farm?
A. When visiting the farm, you pay for the milk and other produce with notes or coins and change is given.
Q. How can you reassure us that the welfare of your cows is important to you?
A. If we don’t look after our cows, they won’t look after us. We prioritise cow comfort and have invested in cow tracks, which keep their feet healthy and also sand cubicles for them to lie in during the winter. During periods of inclement weather, Chris is not afraid to bring the cows in from the fields to the shelter of their sheds.
The annual Red Tractor Farm Assurance audit that we are required to adhere to ensures that welfare standards are monitored by an independent body.
Q. What do you do with your calves after they are born? How do you sell your calves?
A. We rear the female dairy bred calves at the farm, these will join the herd when they are two years old. The male dairy bred calves are sold at around two weeks of age either to local beef farmers for rearing or to a local butcher.
Q. What is your attitude towards hormones, pesticides and antibiotics?
A. The use of hormones is illegal in this country. Pesticides are used to control pests in crops but as we only have grass we don’t need to use pesticides. We do, however, use a small amount of herbicide to help us control weeds such as docks and thistles. Antibiotics are used sparingly but if we have a sick cow then we may use an appropriate antibiotic to treat the problem. This year our vet praised us on our extremely low annual use of antibiotics.
Q. I love your logo, how did you come up with it?
A. Thank you, we really like it too. It was thanks to Meor Design, in St Ives who devised it for us based on a simple logo to reflect we are a family farm, our green credentials and the amount of fresh grass our cows eat. The curve is to represent Trink Hill, which our farm surrounds. Trink Hill can be seen for miles around!
Q. Do you deliver milk?
A. Door to door – Ayr Supply Stores offer a door to door delivery service in the St Ives, Carbis Bay and Lelant areas. Why not give Mo a ring on 01736 791800 if you are interested.
We also deliver to Retail Customers. Please call 07762 634 838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Milk by post/Courier – at the moment we do not offer this service, however if there is sufficient interest we may reconsider! Please fill in the form and register your interest with no obligation.