Here are the answers to some of the questions that we get asked most frequently…

What is the difference between ‘Pasture Fed’ and ‘Grass Fed’?

What is the difference between 'Pasture Fed' and 'Grass Fed'? 'Grass Fed' means at some point the animal has eaten some grass whereas 'Pasture Fed' means that all the animal has eaten is grass. No cereals or other non-grass feed. 'Pasture Fed' is therefore better than 'Grass Fed'. The marvelous Cows at Mossgiel Organic Farm [...]

Is your milk pasteurised?

Yes, it is. It is illegal to sell raw milk in Scotland. Mossgiel Organic Farm only sells pasteurised milk. The milk at Mossgiel Organic Farm is pasteurised in a different way to most milk on the shelves. Milk produced by "Big Dairy" is pasteurised using a system called "Continuous Flow Pasteurisation". This quickly heats the [...]

What is non-homogenised?

Non-Homogenised Milk Mossgiel Organic Milk is ALWAYS ‘non-homogenised’, that’s a fancy way of saying – ‘not highly processed’ or 'as nature intended'. During the journey from cow to your fridge, BIG DAIRY wants to make sure the milk always looks nice and white – from the first drop out of your plastic bottle to the [...]

What is cream?

Cream is the layer that rises to the top in non-homogenised milk. It is made up of a mixture of milk and butterfat. As it is slightly less dense than milk, it floats to the top if it is given enough time to settle. The fat in cream forms quite large globules that can be [...]

What is skimmed milk?

Skimmed Milk is when almost all of the Cream is removed. In the UK, Skimmed Milk is usually about 0.5% Cream. Contrast this with the natural fat percentages of Milk from Ayrshire Cows, which are in the range of 4.5% - 4.9% depending on the season. The health benefits of removing the Cream from Milk [...]

What is semi-skimmed milk?

Semi-Skimmed Milk has about half the Cream of Whole Milk.

What is whole milk?

We would say that it depends who you speak to! If you're speaking to us then whole milk means exactly what you would expect - all of the milk that our awesome herd of Ayrshire Cows produce (pasteurised, of course). Ayrshire Cows produce between 4.5% & 4.9% cream, depending on what time of the year [...]