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I joined this forum to ask this exact question! Do real milkmen still exist?

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I joined this forum to ask this exact question! Do real milkmen still exist?

 

http://www.findmeamilkman.net/

 

Here's a link to find one

 

EDIT: Whooops...Just noticed Nagel posted the same link 2 posts earlier.... :blush:

Edited by PeteMorris

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I'm slightly puzzled at your assertion of milk from supermarkets being massively expensive....It's not....and that's the point. The supermarkets use a low price on a commodity like milk as a loss leader....Obviously hoping that while you're there you'll fill your basket with other (probably overpriced) goods.

 

I agree, they constantly shaft their suppliers (not only farmers), but others too on price.

 

Yes I agree, if at all possible we should all be a little more discerning about buying local...and as and where possible I try to...Example being the local butchers...I get a far better cut of meat...trimmed exactly how I want...etc and far better service.

 

The problem being, in order to buy locally produced goods is you have to hunt around for it...and that's not always viable...

 

We used to have our milk delivered. It was o,k for years and then we started getting stale day old milk, so I now get it at BM at 89p for 2 litres. It said on the news recently that too much milk was being produced, from which I can only conclude that there are too many dairy farmers and they should possibly have a look at doing something else for a living.

 

There's definetly not too much milk being produced, our dairy farm is the last one still producing & bottling it's own milk in Sheffield now. They like to say there's too much milk to enable them to cut the price they pay for it, the UK imports liquid milk on a daily basis as we are no longer self sufficient in milk.

 

---------- Post added 15-04-2015 at 07:28 ----------

 

There's a rather interesting article here, which talks about fresh foods (or rather, what they choose to call fresh)....Note, the last item deals with milk.

 

 

We deliver our Sheffield milk the SAME DAY it's come from our cows & have done for over 60 years, supermarket milk is often a week from cow to shelf , by which stage the 9 essential vitamins & nutrients have deteriorated, you want your milk as fresh as you can get it.

 

---------- Post added 15-04-2015 at 07:34 ----------

 

We have a milkman, doorstep delivery, hillsborough dairy.

I assume they deliver all sheffield we are in s20

 

 

Just for interest where would you presume their milk came from ?

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This article from October last year is interesting:

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/oct/02/-sp-battle-soul-british-milk

 

Lots of statistics:

http://www.dairyco.org.uk/market-information

 

---------- Post added 15-04-2015 at 08:44 ----------

 

Hillsborough Dairies is the trading name of Medina Capital Dairy Company Limited, 50% owned by Arfaiz Hussain, who is the managing director. He seems to live in Berkshire. The other 50% shareholder is Ash Properties Ltd, who I can't find anything about.

 

Medina Capital's current registered address is Leppings Lane, this was changed from somewhere in Middlesex in March this year.

 

The other director is Kuldeep Singh, who is involved with other companies.

 

Hussain is also a director of Medina Processing Ltd (formerly Watson's Dairies, now a subsidiary of Medina Holdings, controlled by Sheazad Hussain), based in Windsor, and is a brother of a director of Medina Holdings.

 

According to http://www.medinadairy.co.uk/#/our-company, the website for Medina Processing, they are now the 4th largest dairy company in the UK (have seen elsewhere the statement that they are the largest family owned dairy company), and "our production arm is set in 157 acres of Hampshire farmland" (but they are supplied by farmers, instead of farming themselves, it would seem, I think this would be common).

 

See: http://www.landmarkwholesale.co.uk/member-medina.php

and Asian Rich List: https://www.easterneye.eu/ABAwards/Docs/Sponsor.pdf

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cant afford delivered prices, so have to use supermarket

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It'd be wonderful to shop for everything locally but ;

 

A) I'd have little money left for anything else

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B) The majority of 'local' shops only open during working hours (you can guess what I'm doing at the same time they're open!) Sadly in an age when both people in a household tend to work full time it's just not viable to shop around anymore.

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have to say we only still have doorstep deliveries because neither of us can be bothered to cancel even though the quality has gone downhill and the milk seems to sour much quicker than any supplementary suermarket boought milk we get. I really must try Our Cow Milly milk!

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This article from October last year is interesting:

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/oct/02/-sp-battle-soul-british-milk

 

Lots of statistics:

http://www.dairyco.org.uk/market-information

 

---------- Post added 15-04-2015 at 08:44 ----------

 

Hillsborough Dairies is the trading name of Medina Capital Dairy Company Limited, 50% owned by Arfaiz Hussain, who is the managing director. He seems to live in Berkshire. The other 50% shareholder is Ash Properties Ltd, who I can't find anything about.

 

Medina Capital's current registered address is Leppings Lane, this was changed from somewhere in Middlesex in March this year.

 

The other director is Kuldeep Singh, who is involved with other companies.

 

Hussain is also a director of Medina Processing Ltd (formerly Watson's Dairies, now a subsidiary of Medina Holdings, controlled by Sheazad Hussain), based in Windsor, and is a brother of a director of Medina Holdings.

 

According to http://www.medinadairy.co.uk/#/our-company, the website for Medina Processing, they are now the 4th largest dairy company in the UK (have seen elsewhere the statement that they are the largest family owned dairy company), and "our production arm is set in 157 acres of Hampshire farmland" (but they are supplied by farmers, instead of farming themselves, it would seem, I think this would be common).

 

See: http://www.landmarkwholesale.co.uk/member-medina.php

and Asian Rich List: https://www.easterneye.eu/ABAwards/Docs/Sponsor.pdf

 

In view of the above: I have a milkman who delivers early a.m. and gets his milk from Hillsborough Dairies. How fresh is the milk likely to be?

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In view of the above: I have a milkman who delivers early a.m. and gets his milk from Hillsborough Dairies. How fresh is the milk likely to be?

 

I don't know much about the milk processing process, but I presume it depends when the cows were milked, where and when the milk was processed, where and when the milk was bottled, how long it took to transport the milk to the distributors, and then how long it took the distributors to distribute the milk, and whether it is delivered door to door straight away or sits in a warehouse for a bit before being delivered, or whether it sits on a shop shelf for a while.

 

With Hillsborough Dairies, it would seem it could have travelled quite a distance before it gets to Sheffield, and will probably come from the produce of more than one dairy herd. What that means in terms of days before it reaches you I have no idea.

 

Of course, it's processed to make sure it can last for a few days, but it won't be same-day fresh. So the question is whether the taste and nutrition difference is important to you or not.

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