Dorset Dairy Co. Milk
Address: Crib House Farm, Stallbridge, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2RT
Telephone: 07375 883299
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Crib House Farm is nestled in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, a broad and picturesque valley that has been used to farm livestock and dairy for hundreds of years.
Our gently rolling fields knit together to form a patchwork quilt that covers over 300 acres of beautiful Dorset countryside. Thick hedgerows bristle with wildlife and the underlying clay soil provides the perfect environment for pasture and forage crops. Traditional crop rotation along with a regenerative grazing system ensures that the soil remains rich and fertile.
DAN & ALEX
Dan is the third generation of the family to embrace the world of dairy farming at Crib House Farm.
He started working full-time on the farm when he was 18 years old and met Alex a few years later. Working in the City, Alex didn't need much convincing to move to Dorset and she's been enjoying country life ever since.
Diversifying into on farm processing serves two important purposes for us. Firstly, producing fresh, natural dairy products with a clear provenance and secondly, securing a future for the farm by guaranteeing a fair, stable price for free range milk. Our goal is to process all our milk on the farm.
Whilst we are not organic, we are a family run farm and very responsible when it comes to the use of sprays and fertiliser. Since Dan took over the management of the farm from his father a few years ago, he has made a concerted effort to reduce the use of chemicals even further as he is a strong believer in sustainable farming practices alongside high-animal welfare.
Early every morning, fresh milk is collected from the parlour where the cows are milked and pumped into our pasteurising vat while it’s still warm.
Unlike large milk processors, we do not homogenise our milk. We very gently heat it up to 65 degrees and hold it there for half an hour. This is how we extend the shelf life of the milk whilst preserving the taste of raw milk by not changing its structure.
As our whole milk is not standardised to an industry-defined fat content, the butterfats range from 3.6% to 4.2%, varying with the seasons and the cows’ dietary changes as well as the weather. We also offer semi-skimmed milk at around 1.8% fat content.
HOW TO BUY
Our delicious fresh milk is sold through a network of self-service milk vending machines and refill stations located in local shops and other outlets.
At our two local milk huts, you can fill up any bottle with 500ml or 1l of milk for 60p and £1 respectively. We also sell our glass bottles for £2, along with our yoghurt, butter and creams.
Check the map on our website to find your nearest milk hut or refill station location.