Nottinghamshire Dairy Farm Installs Milk Vending Machine
Categories: On The Farm
New Holbeck farm unveils a raw milk vending machine . Farmer Tom Sharman hopes it will offer customers the freshest tasting milk available. Allowing his users to scrape the cream off themselves if they want semi-skimmed milk. The Farm's milk mostly used for cheese, but machine will limit amount wasted
A Nottinghamshire dairy farm has installed a fresh milk vending machine at the end of its drive to bring customers fresher produce.
New Holbeck Farm, near Southwell, decided to invest in the technology after falling UK milk prices left some farms saying they were being paid less per litre than it costs them to produce the liquid.
The farm is behind the Real Milk Company and is on the way to obtaining organic farm status.
Milk from the machine costs £1 a litre and comes straight from the farms cows. It is pasteurised before sale and the machine also steam cleans itself after every use.
Farmer Tom Sharman said: We decided that being fed up with being paid such low prices for milk we needed to do something about it.
“So we researched into milk vending machines which are very popular in Europe we found a distributor – another dairy farmer from Norfolk – who had one to sell his raw milk and so spoke to him and arranged for one of our own.”
The Farmer he spoke to was Mr Hewson and this is what he has to say about their own vending Machine: 'It has been amazing how popular the vending machine has been. It has just spread by word of mouth.
'We had two girls come to sample the milk after they heard people talking about it down the local pub. We are out of the way in location but there is a steady stream of motorists who travel in this area.
'We are happy to offer milk straight from the cow - a nutritious and wonderful tasting milk which a lot of people have never experienced before.'
The Hewsons use most of the milk from their Red Polls herd to make a historic and popular cheese called Colwick, which was invented in 1660 in the village of Colwick, Nottinghamshire.
But as the couple found they had lots of excess milk, they decided the perfect thing to do was introduce their vending machine, so nothing went to waste.
Mr Hewson said: 'We are happy for people to come and help themselves. Lots of younger people have been coming to sample our fresh milk which is great, as it's so nutritious.'