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Address To The Unco Guid

Robert Burns

Address To The Unco Guid, Or The Rigidly Righteous

1786

My Son, these maxims make a rule,

An’ lump them aye thegither;

The Rigid Righteous is a fool,

The Rigid Wise anither:

The cleanest corn that ere was dight

May hae some pyles o’ caff in;

So ne’er a fellow-creature slight

For random fits o’ daffin.

    Solomon.-Eccles. ch. vii. verse 16.

 

O ye wha are sae guid yoursel’,

Sae pious and sae holy,

Ye’ve nought to do but mark and tell

Your neibours’ fauts and folly!

Whase life is like a weel-gaun mill,

Supplied wi’ store o’ water;

The heaped happer’s ebbing still,

An’ still the clap plays clatter.

 

Hear me, ye venerable core,

As counsel for poor mortals

That frequent pass douce Wisdom’s door

For glaikit Folly’s portals:

I, for their thoughtless, careless sakes,

Would here propone defences-

Their donsie tricks, their black mistakes,

Their failings and mischances.

 

Ye see your state wi’ theirs compared,

And shudder at the niffer;

But cast a moment’s fair regard,

What maks the mighty differ;

Discount what scant occasion gave,

That purity ye pride in;

And (what’s aft mair than a’ the lave),

Your better art o’ hidin.

 

Think, when your castigated pulse

Gies now and then a wallop!

What ragings must his veins convulse,

That still eternal gallop!

Wi’ wind and tide fair i’ your tail,

Right on ye scud your sea-way;

But in the teeth o’ baith to sail,

It maks a unco lee-way.

See Social Life and Glee sit down,

All joyous and unthinking,

Till, quite transmugrified, they’re grown

Debauchery and Drinking:

O would they stay to calculate

Th’ eternal consequences;

Or your more dreaded hell to state,

Damnation of expenses!

 

Ye high, exalted, virtuous dames,

Tied up in godly laces,

Before ye gie poor Frailty names,

Suppose a change o’ cases;

A dear-lov’d lad, convenience snug,

A treach’rous inclination-

But let me whisper i’ your lug,

Ye’re aiblins nae temptation.

 

Then gently scan your brother man,

Still gentler sister woman;

Tho’ they may gang a kennin wrang,

To step aside is human:

One point must still be greatly dark, –

The moving Why they do it;

And just as lamely can ye mark,

How far perhaps they rue it.

 

Who made the heart, ’tis He alone

Decidedly can try us;

He knows each chord, its various tone,

Each spring, its various bias:

Then at the balance let’s be mute,

We never can adjust it;

What’s done we partly may compute,

But know not what’s resisted.

The Vision

Robert Burns

The Vision

 

1786

Duan First

 

The sun had clos’d the winter day,

The curless quat their roarin play,

And hunger’d maukin taen her way,

To kail-yards green,

While faithless snaws ilk step betray

Whare she has been.

 

The thresher’s weary flingin-tree,

The lee-lang day had tired me;

And when the day had clos’d his e’e,

Far i’ the west,

Ben i’ the spence, right pensivelie,

I gaed to rest.

 

There, lanely by the ingle-cheek,

I sat and ey’d the spewing reek,

That fill’d, wi’ hoast-provoking smeek,

The auld clay biggin;

An’ heard the restless rattons squeak

About the riggin.

 

All in this mottie, misty clime,

I backward mus’d on wasted time,

How I had spent my youthfu’ prime,

An’ done nae thing,

But stringing blethers up in rhyme,

For fools to sing.

 

Had I to guid advice but harkit,

I might, by this, hae led a market,

Or strutted in a bank and clarkit

My cash-account;

While here, half-mad, half-fed, half-sarkit.

Is a’ th’ amount.

I started, mutt’ring, “blockhead! coof!”

And heav’d on high my waukit loof,

To swear by a’ yon starry roof,

Or some rash aith,

That I henceforth wad be rhyme-proof

Till my last breath-

 

When click! the string the snick did draw;

An’ jee! the door gaed to the wa’;

An’ by my ingle-lowe I saw,

Now bleezin bright,

A tight, outlandish hizzie, braw,

Come full in sight.

 

Ye need na doubt, I held my whisht;

The infant aith, half-form’d, was crusht

I glowr’d as eerie’s I’d been dusht

In some wild glen;

When sweet, like honest Worth, she blusht,

An’ stepped ben.

 

Green, slender, leaf-clad holly-boughs

Were twisted, gracefu’, round her brows;

I took her for some Scottish Muse,

By that same token;

And come to stop those reckless vows,

Would soon been broken.

 

A “hair-brain’d, sentimental trace”

Was strongly marked in her face;

A wildly-witty, rustic grace

Shone full upon her;

Her eye, ev’n turn’d on empty space,

Beam’d keen with honour.

 

Down flow’d her robe, a tartan sheen,

Till half a leg was scrimply seen;

An’ such a leg! my bonie Jean

Could only peer it;

Sae straught, sae taper, tight an’ clean-

Nane else came near it.

 

Her mantle large, of greenish hue,

My gazing wonder chiefly drew:

Deep lights and shades, bold-mingling, threw

A lustre grand;

And seem’d, to my astonish’d view,

A well-known land.

 

Here, rivers in the sea were lost;

There, mountains to the skies were toss’t:

Here, tumbling billows mark’d the coast,

With surging foam;

There, distant shone Art’s lofty boast,

The lordly dome.

 

Here, Doon pour’d down his far-fetch’d floods;

There, well-fed Irwine stately thuds:

Auld hermit Ayr staw thro’ his woods,

On to the shore;

And many a lesser torrent scuds,

With seeming roar.

 

Low, in a sandy valley spread,

An ancient borough rear’d her head;

Still, as in Scottish story read,

She boasts a race

To ev’ry nobler virtue bred,

And polish’d grace.

 

By stately tow’r, or palace fair,

Or ruins pendent in the air,

Bold stems of heroes, here and there,

I could discern;

Some seem’d to muse, some seem’d to dare,

With feature stern.

 

My heart did glowing transport feel,

To see a race heroic wheel,

 

And brandish round the deep-dyed steel,

In sturdy blows;

While, back-recoiling, seem’d to reel

Their Suthron foes.

 

His Country’s Saviour, mark him well!

Bold Richardton’s heroic swell;

The chief, on Sark who glorious fell,

In high command;

And he whom ruthless fates expel

His native land.

 

There, where a sceptr’d Pictish shade

Stalk’d round his ashes lowly laid,

I mark’d a martial race, pourtray’d

In colours strong:

Bold, soldier-featur’d, undismay’d,

They strode along.

 

Thro’ many a wild, romantic grove,

Near many a hermit-fancied cove

(Fit haunts for friendship or for love,

In musing mood),

An aged Judge, I saw him rove,

Dispensing good.

 

With deep-struck, reverential awe,

The learned Sire and Son I saw:

To Nature’s God, and Nature’s law,

They gave their lore;

This, all its source and end to draw,

That, to adore.

 

Brydon’s brave ward^10 I well could spy,

Beneath old Scotia’s smiling eye:

Who call’d on Fame, low standing by,

To hand him on,

Where many a patriot-name on high,

And hero shone.

Duan Second

 

With musing-deep, astonish’d stare,

I view’d the heavenly-seeming Fair;

A whispering throb did witness bear

Of kindred sweet,

When with an elder sister’s air

She did me greet.

 

“All hail! my own inspired bard!

In me thy native Muse regard;

Nor longer mourn thy fate is hard,

Thus poorly low;

I come to give thee such reward,

As we bestow!

 

“Know, the great genius of this land

Has many a light aerial band,

Who, all beneath his high command,

Harmoniously,

As arts or arms they understand,

Their labours ply.

 

“They Scotia’s race among them share:

Some fire the soldier on to dare;

Some rouse the patriot up to bare

Corruption’s heart:

Some teach the bard – a darling care –

The tuneful art.

 

“‘Mong swelling floods of reeking gore,

They, ardent, kindling spirits pour;

 

Or, ‘mid the venal senate’s roar,

They, sightless, stand,

To mend the honest patriot-lore,

And grace the hand.

 

“And when the bard, or hoary sage,

Charm or instruct the future age,

They bind the wild poetric rage

In energy,

Or point the inconclusive page

Full on the eye.

 

“Hence, Fullarton, the brave and young;

Hence, Dempster’s zeal-inspired tongue;

Hence, sweet, harmonious Beattie sung

His ‘Minstrel lays’;

Or tore, with noble ardour stung,

The sceptic’s bays.

 

“To lower orders are assign’d

The humbler ranks of human-kind,

The rustic bard, the lab’ring hind,

The artisan;

All choose, as various they’re inclin’d,

The various man.

 

“When yellow waves the heavy grain,

The threat’ning storm some strongly rein;

Some teach to meliorate the plain

With tillage-skill;

And some instruct the shepherd-train,

Blythe o’er the hill.

 

“Some hint the lover’s harmless wile;

Some grace the maiden’s artless smile;

Some soothe the lab’rer’s weary toil

For humble gains,

And make his cottage-scenes beguile

His cares and pains.

 

“Some, bounded to a district-space

Explore at large man’s infant race,

To mark the embryotic trace

Of rustic bard;

And careful note each opening grace,

A guide and guard.

 

“Of these am I-Coila my name:

And this district as mine I claim,

Where once the Campbells, chiefs of fame,

Held ruling power:

I mark’d thy embryo-tuneful flame,

Thy natal hour.

 

“With future hope I oft would gaze

Fond, on thy little early ways,

Thy rudely, caroll’d, chiming phrase,

In uncouth rhymes;

Fir’d at the simple, artless lays

Of other times.

 

“I saw thee seek the sounding shore,

Delighted with the dashing roar;

Or when the North his fleecy store

Drove thro’ the sky,

I saw grim Nature’s visage hoar

Struck thy young eye.

 

“Or when the deep green-mantled earth

Warm cherish’d ev’ry floweret’s birth,

And joy and music pouring forth

In ev’ry grove;

I saw thee eye the general mirth

With boundless love.

 

“When ripen’d fields and azure skies

Call’d forth the reapers’ rustling noise,

I saw thee leave their ev’ning joys,

And lonely stalk,

To vent thy bosom’s swelling rise,

In pensive walk.

 

“When youthful love, warm-blushing, strong,

Keen-shivering, shot thy nerves along,

Those accents grateful to thy tongue,

Th’ adored Name,

I taught thee how to pour in song,

To soothe thy flame.

 

“I saw thy pulse’s maddening play,

Wild send thee Pleasure’s devious way,

Misled by Fancy’s meteor-ray,

By passion driven;

But yet the light that led astray

Was light from Heaven.

 

“I taught thy manners-painting strains,

The loves, the ways of simple swains,

Till now, o’er all my wide domains

Thy fame extends;

And some, the pride of Coila’s plains,

Become thy friends.

 

“Thou canst not learn, nor I can show,

To paint with Thomson’s landscape glow;

Or wake the bosom-melting throe,

With Shenstone’s art;

Or pour, with Gray, the moving flow

Warm on the heart.

 

“Yet, all beneath th’ unrivall’d rose,

T e lowly daisy sweetly blows;

Tho’ large the forest’s monarch throws

His army shade,

Yet green the juicy hawthorn grows,

Adown the glade.

 

“Then never murmur nor repine;

Strive in thy humble sphere to shine;

And trust me, not Potosi’s mine,

Nor king’s regard,

Can give a bliss o’ermatching thine,

A rustic bard.

 

“To give my counsels all in one,

Thy tuneful flame still careful fan:

Preserve the dignity of Man,

With soul erect;

And trust the Universal Plan

Will all protect.

 

“And wear thou this”-she solemn said,

And bound the holly round my head:

The polish’d leaves and berries red

Did rustling play;

And, like a passing thought, she fled

In light away.

 

Shop Local + Supply Local = Support Local

Shop Local

Shop Local – Local is Best

The Shop Local movement has been gathering pace for a number of years now in response to what has been described as the less than ethical dealings of super-markets. If you’ve been following us for a while, you may know that a large part of the story of how Mossgiel Organic Farm started down its current path concerns the behaviour of super-markets. Super-markets exercise huge buying power. This is not a power that they always yield responsibly. It could be argued quite convincingly that given half a chance they morph in to nothing less than bullies.

Mossgiel Organic Farm does not and will not supply super-markets

Local stores are not owned by faceless shareholders who care for nothing but profit. They are owned and run by folk who stay locally and they have local employees. Money spent in local stores stays in the local area. Local stores are more accountable; if you don’t like something that a supermarket is doing, can you speak to the owner?

Food Miles – How much Carbon is in your food?

Shops that use local suppliers reduce Carbon Emissions. There is a world of difference between the amount of diesel used to transport Scottish Lamb to your plate and New Zealand Lamb, for example. The same applies to Milk. Milk brings with it its own complications when it comes to transport, being bulky and heavy. Despite that, Milk in supermarkets can have travelled a long way to get there. Not all Milk on Scottish shelves even started out in Scotland!

Local Initiative

Back To Glass

Local stores are much more likely to be involved in a meaningful way with the communities that they serve. They are also more likely to get involved in schemes like returning to re-usable glass Milk bottles. This is good for their bottom line as it tends to result in increased footfall, prompting customers to return to the store to exchange their empty bottles. It is also good for us all in reducing the amount of waste produced and reducing the amount of energy required to manufacture it in the first place.

Every Pound Is A Vote

Do you want a strong vibrant local economy with more community engagement? Would you like to reduce carbon emmissions by lowering your food miles? Do you want to help the environment by reducing waste, lessening the amount of plastic that ends up in our landfills and our oceans?

Shop Local.

We Stopped De-Horning

Stope de-horning Cows! Cows from Mossgiel Organic Farm are not de-horned.

The practice of de-horning cattle is one which we do not engage in at Mossgiel Organic Farm. The practice is normal within conventional farming as young animals, with the intent of making life on the farm safer for farm workers and other livestock. When Farmer Bryce took over Mossgiel Farm and converted it to be an Organic Dairy Farm, he stopped the practice of de-horning the cattle too. With a vision of natural farming, he wanted to find how cattle having their horns as nature intended affected their natural behaviour (plus he thinks Ayrshire cattle with horns are pretty awesome too).

Many years ago, cattle would have horns and live in small herds on family farms. During winter, the cattle were kept in byres to ensure they did not have to endure the cold wet weather we experience in Scotland. Having horns meant that farmers, farm workers and cattle could be seriously injured due to the confined spaces. An issue was also apparent during times of cattle being boisterous out in the pastures – with ‘boss cows’ ensuring the timid heifers knew who was boss with a swift bash of the horns, again causing injury.

Here at Mossgiel, we adapted our sheds and management to allow the girls to keep their horns without having the issues of yesteryear. This was pretty expensive for us and took a lot of planning and we still monitor everything we do to ensure it’s the right thing for us and the Mossgiel Girls.

In order to change a Farm from de-horning to leaving the horns on the Cows, many adaptations have to be made to ensure human and animal safety. These changes aren’t cheap either – with the average spend of £2,000 to £4,000 per cow on each dairy farm (the average dairy farm has 170 cattle, so that’s big money) just to build a normal shed for a typical modern dairy farm, the costs simply do not justify altering again at extra cost to move to a horned cattle system, when milk prices are being driven into the ground by supermarkets and mega-dairies.

This is the economic reality of such ideas and visions. At Mossgiel Organic Farm we work with our supporters to ensure our Gold Standard milk is exactly how you wish. We are extremely lucky that due to our unique relationship between our supporters and ourselves that the few extra pence on top for our Gold Standard milk allows us to farm in this way. The realities are however that unless we change our food system and how money is managed from Fridge to Farm, we are unlikely to change the Scottish farming in this way.

Our Gold Standard Milk is produced exclusively from the Cows at Mossgiel Farm, rather from the collective of MossgielOsliebrae and Drumsmodden, as our Whole Milk and Semi-skimmed Milkis. It carries a premium in price. This is mostly due to our Calf-At-Foot policy leaving us with less Milk to sell to our customers: young Calves are thirsty beasts! This premium is, in part, also due to our policy of not de-horning our Cows. The investment made in the infrastructure needs to be made back.

This brings us back to the concept of commercial campaigning.

Calf-with-Cow

Calf-At-Foot

Calf-with-Cow means Calves stay with Cows until they are weaned

We operate a Calf-with-Cow policy. This means that at Mossgiel Organic Farm, our calves stay with their Mothers until they are old enough to be weaned – usually between 6 and 8 months. This is when the calves begin to socialise together in groups and not stay at the Cow’s side every second of the day.

Calves are born without any antibodies in their blood and the Milk that they take from their Mother in the first 2 days is extra important in quickly building up their immune systems.

It has been the convention in the UK to remove calves from their Mothers after a day or two. This is very distressing for both the Cow and the Calf. It is also something that we believe is unnecessary and we actively campaign for other Farms to join us in stopping it as a practice.

Do baby calves drink a lot of milk? Yes, yes they do!

Does this mean that we have less to bottle and sell to you? Yes, it does.

Why do we do things this way?

Farming Organically means that we are not placing an undue burden on our Cows. An Organically Farmed Cow will produce between 8 and 12 litres of Milk per day. This compares to the figure of between 25 and 30 litres per day that conventional methods force out of Cows. Forcing Milk production adversely affects the health of the cow in many ways, the most severe of which is that it shortens its life. A conventionally farmed Cow might have a life expectancy of around 5/6 years whereas an Organically farmed Cow can live to 12/14 years.

We Farm Organically and we expect our Cows to have a long and healthy life. We therefore want them to get off to the best possible start in life. That’s why we feed them nature’s original super-food: Milk.

Carbon Sequestration – The impact of an Organic Dairy Farm

The impact of dairy farming carbon sequestration on greenhouse gas emissions

Carbon Capture – or “Carbon Sequestration” – is the process by which CO2 is removed from the atmosphere. The impact of organic dairy farming on CO2 levels might not be as you have been led to believe in the press!

  • Yes, Cows produce emissions.
  • Yes, Tractors and machinery produce emissions.
  • However, Pasture absorbs emissions.

At Mossgiel Organic Farm, the sum total of these processes is that we are actually carbon positive to the tune of 388 TONS per YEAR!

So, how does it work, then?

Mossgiel Organic Farm operates a “no-till policy”. This means that the ground is not ploughed. This means that the mycelium in the soil is not disturbed and destroyed. Mycelium is a type of fungus that grows in the ground on roots and has very many benefits to plant health if it is allowed to thrive. It also grows to become a vast network if left undisturbed by the blade of a plough. Fun fact: the biggest recorded living organism in the world is a Mycelium mat in N America which covers some 2,200 ACRES. When the fungal health of the soil is attended to in this way, pasture becomes a carbon sink. That is, it captures carbon from the atmosphere and locks it away in the ground.

It’s nice to know that when you are enjoying your tasty, locally-sourced, healthy, organic milk, in its re-usable packaging, you are also helping with carbon sequestration and its positive effect on global warming. 🙂

Mossgiel has eliminated single-use plastic packaging

A mountain of plastic milk jugs

Single-use Plastic? No Thanks!

Mossgiel is the first Dairy in the UK to completely stop using single-use plastic packaging.

All milk that leaves our farm gates does so in re-usable containers. During 2017/18, over 14.7 billion litres of milk were produced in the UK (1). This is a HUGE number! This results in an astronomical number of plastic bottles being manufactured, consumed and put in the bin. We believe that this model is hugely wasteful in terms of resources, we also believe that it is also completely un-necessary!

When it comes to delivering milk, as far as the environment is concerned, the old-fashioned way really is best. Remember the milkmen of yesteryear, delivering their locally-sourced product in re-usable glass packaging on their electric milk floats? Years ahead of their time…

Single-use plastic packaging is clogging up our oceans and entering our food chain. Despite the best efforts of many councils, not all plastic packaging even gets recycled. Plastic takes a very long time to break down, and even when it does it does not biodegrade, ending up as ‘micro-plastics’. These tiny particles are finding there way into the food chain with unknown consequences on animal and human health.

Back To Glass - Stop Using SIngle-Use Plastic

We can all learn to do things differently, to change our actions. The recent move away from single use plastic straws is a good example of this. A small change with a big impact. Let’s make Milk jugs next! It is not good enough to recycle them when we can re-use our milk packaging instead. This is not some airy-fairy good idea, decades from fruition, still in the development stage. This is a right-here, right-now technology. A simple, proven technology, able to be implemented today. We can do this! We must do this…

Whole, Semi-skimmed, Cream, Gold Standard in re-usable glass bottles
Whole, Semi-skimmed, Cream, Gold Standard

Glass Bottles.

Mossgiel Organic Milk can be delivered in good old-fashioned 1 pint bottles. These are great for residential use and for commercial re-sale. They are also the perfect size for making a fantastic protein shake, where the non-homogenised cream not only makes it taste great, but also helps Vitamin absorption.

5 litre re-usable tub, saving 2.5 x 2L single-use plastic jugs every time it is used
Re-USE is better than re-cycle!

Re-usable Tubs.

Mossgiel Organic Milk can also be delivered in 3 litre, 5 litre or 20 litre tubs.

When you are involved in the food industry using Milk, 1 pint bottles are likely going to be too small. That is why we can deliver our Organic Milk in more commercial-friendly sizes. The tubs, while made of plastic, work in exactly the same way as the bottles do. They are used then the empty tubs are picked up by our drivers when they make the next delivery to be sterilised and then used again.

Re-use beats Recycle
Reduce – Reuse – Recycle

Re-use beats Recycle.

Reusing packaging is 20 times more efficient than recycling packaging.

(1) Statista

Re-use beats Re-cycle every single time

Re-use beats Recycle

Re-use beats Re-cycle

Reduce, Re-use, Re-cycle.

In that order.

Reduce beats Re-use.

Re-use beats Re-cycle.

There is a lot of press regarding the merits of recycling, almost to the point where it has become a bit of an article of faith for a lot of people. This is in some ways a good thing, but in other ways not so much. Wherever possible, it is better to re-use than recycle. It is in every way far more efficient.

Mossgiel Organic Milk only comes in re-usable packaging: glass bottles and re-usable tubs.

Love the environment? Then re-cycling is the LAST thing that you should do! First Reduce, then Re-use, then Re-cycle.

This is a point that seems to have been lost from public debate recently. It needs to come back.

Recycling requires energy to do. Consider what happens to a standard 2L milk jug:

The milk is used and the jug is placed into the re-cycling bin.

  • Scenario 1. The jug is collected and because of some reason (the bin holding mixed recycling rather than just plastic; or, the council not having the facilities or the funding to do the job properly) the jug is not recycled at all and goes to landfill. Not a good outcome.
  • Scenario 2. The jug is collected and taken to a sorting facility. (Journey 1)
  • The jug is sorted. (Process 1)
  • The sorted jugs are sent to a plastic recycling plant. (Journey 2)
  • The jug is melted down to be made into something else. (Process 2)
  • The new object is transported to whatever factory needs to use it. (Journey 3)

So, for recycling, at least 2 processes and 3 journeys before the plastic can be useful again.

Compare that to the process that we use with our re-usable bottles and tubs:

  • The milk is used and the bottles or tubs are left out for collection by the driver.
  • The driver collects all the empty bottles and tubs while they are completing the same journey as the deliveries. i.e. no additional miles are traveled to pick up the empty containers.
  • The empty containers are returned to the washroom on the same site as the Milk Production and sterilised to be used again. (Process 1)

That’s it. 1 Process vs. 3 Processes and 2 Journeys.

Re-using is by definition different to re-cycling. It requires different behaviours and different habits. In our case, it might mean putting bottles back on the doorstep rather than into the recycling bin. It means doing things differently. But doing the same thing and expecting a different result, well, there’s a name for that.

Milk In Commercial Quantities: Re-usable Tubs

5 litre re-usable tub

Re-usable Tubs

Mossgiel Organic Milk can also be delivered in 3 litre, 5 litre or 20 litre tubs. Once emptied, these are then rinsed out and picked up by the delivery driver to be re-sterilised and used again. Zero single-use plastic waste. Genius. Our 3 and 5-litre re-usable tubs are mainly used by restaurants, cafes and coffee shops and our 20-litre tubs usually go to ice-cream makers.

Here at the Farm, we are fond of saying that if you care about the environment, then the last thing that you should be doing is re-cycling! Re-use beats re-cycle every time. That being said, it is also important that packaging is as practical as possible. To that end, we offer our Milk in a variety of sizes of containers:

2-Litre Re-usable Glass Bottles

Our 2-litre re-usable glass bottles have proved a hit not only with coffee shops that want to take advantage of fridge door space, but also with retailers. Customers have got into the the habit of buying milk in 2-litre containers and some people prefer this size to the traditional pints.

5-Litre Re-usable Plastic Tubs

Our 5-litre round tubs are our most popular commercial size as they can be fitted with a pouring lid to make them easier to decant.

20-Litre Re-usable Plastic Tubs

These are the containers of choice for people who use a lot of milk at once. They are easier to lift and carry than the Churns.

50-Litre Re-usable Metal Churns

Yes, Milk can still be delivered in churns! These are what sit inside our Milk dispensing machines in Locavore, Roots, Fruits and Flowers and Dandy’s Delicatessen. They are also the size of choice for Ice Cream makers, who go through a LOT of Milk!

Are these quantities too large for your needs? Mossgiel can also deliver Organic Milk in good old-fashioned 1 pint glass bottles.

Glass Bottles

Glass Milk Bottles

Glass Bottles

As we say on the Farm – “Glass is Class”! Glass bottles can be used again and again and again. The only energy consumed in this process is the energy required to wash and sterilise them. This is a lot less than the energy required to manufacture and deliver a plastic container. Because glass is made of silicone, they do not require that fossil fuels need be involved at any stage, unlike plastic.

It is better for the environment to re-use packaging than it is to re-cycle packaging. Re-use beats re-cycle.

Glass Milk Bottles For Residential Delivery

Remember when Milk used to be delivered by Milk Float? The electric Milk Float delivering Milk from local Farms in re-usable containers – and they told us that 2L plastic jugs were progress!!

Back To Glass

To see whether we can deliver good, old-fashioned pint bottles to your doorstep, just answer the following:

For Commerical Delivery

Using too much milk for pint bottles to be practical? We can also deliver our Milk in more commercially-friendly sizes: re-usable tubs in 3L, 5L and 20L sizes and also in good old-fashioned churns, which hold 50L.

To find out more, just select “Business Delivery” from the form above, enter your details and we’ll get back to you to discuss how we can help your business.