Pasteurised milk in glass bottles – straight from the farm

Pasteurised milk in glass bottles – straight from the farm
Minister Poots is pictured with Brian Hamilton from Rock House Farm

Minister Poots visits local farm businesses that are making a difference

Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Edwin Poots has visited two farm businesses near Crossgar in County Down to see how their innovative approach is helping the farming industry, as well as the local community.

Brian Hamilton’s Rock House Farm has diversified into providing on-farm vending of pasteurised milk directly to customers using refillable glass bottles. As well as these efforts to reduce plastic use, this farm family is trying to reduce its overall environmental impact with a grass fed herd and reduced herd numbers.


Minister Poots said: “I am delighted to see a local farm promoting its products directly to customers. This system reduces resources as well as unnecessary waste and food-miles.”

The Minister continued: “I am encouraged by the excellent work they are doing in moving people away from single-use plastic by showing them a better, refillable way. I also want to acknowledge the efforts of Rock House Farm to farm sustainably. Sustainability has to be the future goal for the agri-food sector in Northern Ireland and I welcome the efforts and work of the Hamilton family, and others, in this area.”

He then visited nearby HVS Animal Health, a long-standing distributor of a wide range of international animal health products and feed supplements managed by David and Paul Elwood.

Minister Poots said: “As Agriculture Minister, I am fully supportive of the need for high standards of animal welfare and the promotion of health and performance through the provision of properly balanced rations, and the treatment or prevention of disease based on sound scientific principles. I welcome the key role suppliers such as HVS play in working with vets, nutritionists and others, supporting the livestock industry and adding to the prosperity of the rural community.”

Minister Poots is pictured with Paul Elwood from HVS Animal Health