Ashgrove Milk was launched in 2008 to compliment the Ashgrove product range available in Tasmania. The natural creaminess of the milk proved a winner with consumers and the milk is now found statewide in Coles, Woolworths and Independent Supermarkets. The superior frothing of the Ashgrove milk has seen it used in a growing number of cafes around the island state.
The Bennett families of Ashgrove have been producing milk on the farm for over 5 generations. Ashgrove Cheese was established in 1993 to add value to this milk that was being produced by the Bennett families on Ashgrove Farms.
Ashgrove Milk is available in 3 different varieties:
- Full Cream
- Green Nonhomogenised
- Farm Light
Ashgrove Full Cream Milk has been pastuerised to remove any harmful bacteria from the milk and homogenised to hold the cream in suspension.
The milk is not standardised to a minimum fat content because it is bottled as it comes from the cow. As a result you will find some variation in the milk at different times of the year as the seasons change and the cows go through different stages of lactation.
Ashgrove Full Cream Milk has a rich creamy flavour and has excellent frothing properties making it a superior milk for coffees and milk shakes.
Milk from cows has naturally large fat particles that rise to the surface to form cream.
Most milk sold today has undergone a process called homogenisation which infuses the fat molecules under pressure and splits them into smaller particles which are held in suspension in the milk.
Ashgrove Green Nonhomogenised Milk is milk in its natural state. The cream will rise to the surface and may be skimmed off. To retain the cream in the milk shake the bottle before each use.
Ashgrove Green Nonhomogenised Milk is not standardised to a minimum fat content because it is bottled as it comes from the cow. As a result you will find some variation in the milk at different times of the year as the seasons change and the cows go through different stages of lactation.
Ashgrove Green Nonhomogenised Milk is ideal for all cooking uses and home cheese making as it has retained the natural properties of milk.
Ashgrove Farm Light combines the health benefits of a reduced fat content whilst retaining a delicious milk flavour.
With only 1% fat it is the perfect milk for the health conscious adult who enjoys flavour in their milk.
Ashgrove Farm Light contains only natural milk with no added milk solids non fat, giving it an excellent flavour and feeling in the mouth.
What makes Ashgrove milk special?
At Ashgrove we believe that cows are smart and our customers deserve the best. We therefore leave all the natural fat content from the cow in the bottle to provide our customers with a creamy tasting milk the way
Nothing is added. It’s just pure MILK!
No permeate is added to dilute the milk nor is milk powder added to create body. You can taste the difference in the flavour of the milk and see the difference in the excellent ability to froth when steamed for coffee.
The cows eat the best food.
The Ashgrove Farms cows are fed on a pasture based diet. Large irrigation systems have been installed on the farm to ensure grass continues to grow even in the dry summer months.
Pasture fed cows produce an excellent flavoured milk free from flavour taints resulting from fodder crops or supplementary feed. The cows graze freely across the fields and get plenty of exercise from their twice daily walks to and from the dairy.
Cows fed a predominantly pasture diet produce a much yellower coloured milk fat than cows fed on concentrate feeds. This means the cheese and butter products made from this milk are a rich yellow in colour.
It naturally changes with the season.
Milk straight from the cow changes during the year according to the stage of lactation of the cow, the weather and what the cow is eating. Customers will see the seasonal variations in Ashgrove milk because they are getting milk as it came from the cows. During spring time most of the cows are in early lactation (they have just calved) which means they are producing lots of milk. Later in the season the volume of milk produced drops and the fat content rises. Generally you will find the milk much creamier in winter but always creamier than standardised milk.
Who are the children on the milk label?
Ashgrove is proud to be a family owned and operated business. The two boys featured on the milk bottles are the sons of Paul and Bernadette Bennett, William and Angus. Paul is the Ashgrove Farms Manager in charge of the entire Ashgrove dairy farming operation.
William and Angus are the fifth generation of the Bennett family to live on the Ashgrove Farms property and milk cows. They are therefore very appropriate ambassadors for the Ashgrove Milk brand.