milk vending machine

delilah

Member
FFS.
Someone wants to buy a vending machine, let them buy a vending machine. Someone wants to sell it from a jug, let them sell it from a jug.
All the many many enemies of the industry, all the many many benefits of selling direct, and all folks can do is pick a fight with a firm offering one way to sell direct.
 

Sid

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
South Molton
FFS.
Someone wants to buy a vending machine, let them buy a vending machine. Someone wants to sell it from a jug, let them sell it from a jug.
All the many many enemies of the industry, all the many many benefits of selling direct, and all folks can do is pick a fight with a firm offering one way to sell direct.
The firm has made claims on carbon footprint.
Very much a hot topic I want more clarity on the claims.
 

Tim G

Member
You don't need a vending machine to sell glass bottles, nor are glass bottles the complete answer.
I don't know who's post that is but it's going some to sell 9500 litres of milk a week. In our experience, very few bottles come back for a refill which makes them worse than plastic for the environment.
 

Tim G

Member
The issue is that its a ridiculous situation when people want glass because they've seen an image of a seal stuck in a carrier bag or something on the TV last night and were then told reusable glass is so much better. They then return but they've forgot the bottle/put it out for recycling/flowers look nice in it/ filled it with something else/can't be ar$ed to rinse it out and return it. The hypocrisy of it winds me up. And don't even get me started on the state of some bottles people return.....
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thewalrus

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Northern Ireland
You don't need a vending machine to sell glass bottles, nor are glass bottles the complete answer.
I don't know who's post that is but it's going some to sell 9500 litres of milk a week. In our experience, very few bottles come back for a refill which makes them worse than plastic for the environment.
selling glass bottles is another money making side of it. The glass bottles are branded too, makes it part of the thing buy the glass and the milk. Take a picture stick it on Instagram-why not make as much out of it as you can
 
The issue is that its a ridiculous situation when people want glass because they've seen an image of a seal stuck in a carrier bag or something on the TV last night and were then told reusable glass is so much better. They then return but they've forgot the bottle/put it out for recycling/flowers look nice in it/ filled it with something else/can't be ar$ed to rinse it out and return it. The hypocrisy of it winds me up. And don't even get me started on the state of some bottles people return.....
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Which is why if you sell them before the milk is purchased people generally bring them but plus when it’s through the vender they will clean them properly for themselves rather the bring a stinky bottle back for someone else to wash
 

Daniel

Member
Meanwhile, we went for the traditional pintie.
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We don't sell the bottle, it's included in the price of the milk and a crate is left out for returns. Over the last 12 moths we have averaged 18 trips per bottle. I am well chuffed with that and it says something about our customers too 😊
We do the same with egg trays and boxes, we ask for them to be returned, but offer no rebate for returning them, what with it being an unattended egg stall, but we do get quite a lot back. We also get supermarket egg boxes left for us, which are useless to us, but the thought is nice!
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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