Manna Milk

MannaMilk  –   For orders and delivery information please go to  MannaMilk .

This milk is unpasteurized, unhomogenized and full cream (no cream is skimmed) from a herd of mainly Jersey and Kiwicross cows grazing pasture outside all year. The farm is not certified organic – nor is that an intention at the moment – but is not run on a high-input, high-imported supplementary feed system.  Our aim is sustainable management.  Particular attention is paid to animal health and milk quality.  Surplus milk is contracted to Fonterra. Testing (August 2013) of 10 heifers showed 10 out of the 10 tested were A2 cows. See “Devil in the Milk” for further information about A1/A2, by Keith Woodford.



  • The proteins in the milk are denatured by heating. Protein loss in pasteurized milk is significant.
  • You get the full complement of cream (our milk varies between 4.5% to over  6%).  This essential fat helps build strong cell membranes, and contains all the anti-oxidant fat-soluble vitamins.  Even if you buy full-cream pasteurised milk (blue top), you only get 3.3% fat.  Eating such good fats as butter and eliminating sugar is one of the fastest ways to lose weight   [see “Eat Fat; Lose Fat” by Dr Mary Enig;   “The Big Fat Secret” by John McKenna;  “What the Fat? > Fat’s IN, Sugar’s OUT>” by Prof Grant Schofield, Dr Caryn Zinn, Craig Rodger].   The main increase in heart disease has occurred since we started adopting low fat diets and increased sugar to compensate for the loss of flavour.  Studies have shown that those people who eat most saturated fats have the least heart disease. Fat surrounding blood vessels stimulates a defence mechanism against heart disease – Prof C Antonoides, Brit Heart Foundation, June 2015.
  • The fats are not homogenised into tiny fractions which damages the structure of the fats.
  • Raw milk has higher levels of water-soluble vitamins B and C,  Vitamin D for calcium and phosphorus absorption, and Vitamin K2.

The Wulzen Factor prevents calcification of the joints (degenerative arthritis), arterial hardening, cataracts and pineal gland calcification. The Wulzen Factor is only present in raw milk.

For further information please go to   and , and read “The Untold Story of Milk” by Ron Schmidt.


We believe the traditional principles of good nutrition espoused by the Weston Price Foundation are sound, (although grains definitely pose problems for many people). The WAPF challenges current dietary views/myths about good eating and provides information as to why obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other health issues have massively increased – health issues that are not being resolved by pharmaceutical drugs with their adverse side effects.

The feedback from people drinking our milk confirm to us the huge health benefits of this real food which was considered greatly healing by such bodies as the Mayo Clinic in the 1920s.

Most people who cannot tolerate pasteurized milk do very well on raw milk which still has the enzymes to help digest it. Also, lacto-fermented forms of food including yoghurt, clabbered milk and kefir are among essential daily foods in our diet.  We can provide these cultures – these foods are very easy to make.



Some will quote reasons why raw milk is dangerous and tell you that for your safety it needs to be pasteurized.

In rebuttal:

Our milk comes from our family farm supplying milk since 1920, and it has never had a case of TB or Brucellosis.  Independent testing (2012) shows our milk to be free of  Salmonella,  Yersinnia and Campylobacter.

To study the issue of pathogens in milk, Organic Pastures of California contracted with BSK labs in Fresno to perform multiple challenge and recovery tests on their raw milk and raw colostrum. When 7 logs (10 million counts) of pathogens were added to one-milliliter samples of organic raw milk they would not grow. In fact they died off. The salmonella was so badly out-competed that it could not be found less than 24 hours later. The listeria drop was less dramatic and was similiar to the E. Coli O157:H7 samples that were studied, but they also did not grow and declined substantially over time. The lab concluded: “. . . organic raw milk and colostrum do not appear to support the growth of pathogens. . .” Realmilk

Note that Europeans have been making raw milk soft cheeses for years and their permissible somatic cell count is 750,000 – in NZ the penalty level is 400,000 and our level – though daily variable – is regularly below 100,000. (Results available.)

We drink the milk ourselves, as do our children and grandchildren, and grandparents did since the farm came into the family (1917).




  • The farm is essentially run on a grass-based system, is not highly stocked, and imported supplementary feed is kept to a minimum. All studies of milk quality agree on the undoubted beneficial difference in milk composition of cows grazing grass outside in the sun.
  • The herd is a mixture of Jersey and Kiwicross cows and for four years has used only A2A2 bulls sourced through Livestock Improvement Corporation (L.I.C) artificial breeding service to generate herd replacements.
  • The farm consistently supplies finest grade milk as tested by Fonterra to NZ standards (there are currently 10 tests done either on a daily, 10-daily, or seasonally-as-required basis). We are happy to show you our test figures if asked for.



The owner has taken this milk away on holiday and it has still been good up to 12 days later (but it does need to be kept dark and well-chilled.) The keeping quality is because of the low cell count which you get from healthy, unstressed cows being milked with hygienic equipment. Cow udders are washed, dried and teat sprayed before milking.

(Some customers have said the milk will last a fortnight but it needs to be at the back of the fridge in the coldest part and not in the door. )

NOTE: Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH) – an injection which you may have heard about and which is used in America to increase per cow milk production is banned from use in N Z.

  • We do not induce calves.


The Law (under review) says a farmer may take milk for himself and his family, and may sell up to 5 litres per person per day from the farm dairy. (It is interesting to note that in some American States and in Canada the authorities are trying to bring in a law to make it illegal for a farmer producer to use his own milk for himself in any way whatsoever, while in three American States the regulations are just now being relaxed to allow raw milk sales.)

For NZ prospective purchasers of raw milk there are two legal options: cow share or our choice – the milk club system.

There are no membership costs involved and as long as payment is made via internet the day before delivery, this is deemed to be ‘sale at the farm dairy’. Internet pre-payment is critical – drop-off points cannot and will not handle any money. Please see  MannaMilk


Milk is delivered to different drop-offs on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to Kapiti Coast, the Hutt and Wellington .  It is available on Monday night in Levin.  Deliveries may be subject to seasonal and holiday variations but you will be notified by email of changes.

Milk is supplied in 1 and 2 litre plastic containers or in 5, 10 or 20 L buckets.  We suggest you tip it into your own glass jars or into jugs.  We have 1.5 and 2 litre glass jars available for $7 each.


1 litre plastic bottle $3.20

2 litre plastic bottle $6.00

You are also welcome to come to the farm to get milk but please phone first if you want larger quantities to ensure the tanker hasn’t been.  2L bottles are in a fridge half way up the tanker driveway at 50 Martins Rd .

Notwithstanding any of the above it cannot be over-emphasized that the milk we supply is a raw and living product which does require careful handling, storage,good refrigeration over which – after I have delivered it – I have no control, so I will not accept any responsibility beyond that point. By your willingness to accept it you are agreeing with this proviso.

Problems with your delivery on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday 9am-5pm please phone Hayley: 021 2644 219

Website help phone Ali 06 362 6806



John Martin, Milkman        MannaMilk

48 Martins Rd,  RD31,  Manakau,  Horowhenua 5573


Our customers say:

“I enjoy the milk and like that it is unprocessed and alive.”
“Love the Mannamilk we are getting – always fresh and creamy, and makes fantastic cultured milk. The kids are thriving on it, having great milk smoothies in the morning for breakfast, and often requesting more later in the day. The glass jars are a good way of getting it too, with no worries about drinking from plastic, and no need for extra energy used up in recycling.”
“Remember how milk used to taste when your were a kid? You can have that again!”

“Delicious, Creamy and Healthy. I am bringing my kids up on the most original of drinks. Best regards and good luck…”

“This creamy milk gives me the milk moustache that I remember from my childhood.”

“I have started eating eggs, butter and milk and am now sleeping through the night – previously I would be lucky to get an hour’s sleep.”


Our milk quality :


Certificate of Excellence in Highest Quality Milk

Certificate of Achievement for low somatic