Happy Februdairy 19 February 2018
Fiona Nicholson explains why Shetland Farm Dairies' products are so special.
When you use our products you can rest assured that they have come from the fruits of the love of our c. 240 cows who munch on good clean Shetland grass. Our cows bask in the light during Shetland's long summer days and stay out of the nippy wind in the winter months, all the while being cared for by a dedicated team of farm staff and family members who make up the membership of our co-operatively-owned dairy.
Having small herds mean that the farmers know each of their cows and can care for their every need. Food can be rationed to those that need it and treats given in moderation – something that we all could benefit from. The care doesn’t end at the farm gate. With only a few miles from the farm to the processing plant, our product gets there in as delicious a state as when it left the parlour. The milk is processed within 24 hours of milking and heads straight out to the shops in many instances. A small, experienced team of staff at the Dairy process milk, butter and buttermilk in small batches with care and attention to detail getting the best, freshest and purest products to you. Fresh dairy products are good for you and your family.
There are many reasons to eat butter – it’s better for heart health than some oil-based spreads and is a source of fat-soluble vitamins, rich in vital cholesterol and of course, given that ours is perfectly churned with the merest amount of salt added to preserve it naturally, it is delicious! Our butter is hand finished in 250g pots and can be posted out to customers throughout the UK through the Taste of Shetland Online Shop.
Throughout Shetland you’ll find local shops stocking our full range of milk, cream, butter and buttermilk. Buttermilk is both nutritious and delicious is the perfect ingredient for Shetland bannocks. You'll find plenty of ideals for buttermilk recipes on the Shetland Farm Dairies Facebook page. And of course, milk is good for your bones and your mind alike.
The calcium from dairy products is in an easily absorbed form - great for a nice smile and strong bones. Milk helps to hydrate you better than many other options. We think one of the best uses for our milk is to pour it into your cuppa, sit down and have a chinwag with someone – the perfect way to unwind. That’s one of the reasons we support many of the ‘Sunday Teas’ that is such a feature in Shetland. Our Facebook page regularly features recipes which have Shetland Dairy produce as a key component, as do many of the recipes on the Taste of Shetland blog. We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with eateries and producers across Shetland who tempt you with delicious food across the isles.
And to the worry of our effect on the environment, with the issue of single use plastic being forefront in the media, the matter is of concern to us as farmers, as a business and as people too. We hope that iour style of farming, the fact that the cattle graze on Shetland grass all year round, and the ‘clean’ nature in which we produce milk is a positive thing. We of course understand that we, along with many others, have a task in front of us to work with packaging producers to use products which are least detrimental to our environment. This is something we don’t plan to shy away from. We feel that our current packaging is the best choice at the moment - it is recyclable, unlike some other options for dairy product packaging. We look forward to working with the other members of Taste of Shetland to tackle this problem head on.
Follow us on Facebook @Shetlandfarmdairies and Twitter @shetlandmilk and find out more information about us here. To find the Shetland shops who stock our products, please go to the Outlets page here or the map here.