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Man milks his horses three to five times a day and sells the milk for £13 a pint


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A British farmer produces some of the world’s most expensive milk – from horses – which cost £13 a pint.

Frank Shellard runs the only farm in Britain to commercially produce the alternative dairy product.

He says he got the idea after wanting to find a cure for his daughter’s eczema.

The family business, Combe Hay Mare’s Milk in Bath, has fourteen mares producing 12-14 litres a day to make milk, hand cream and lotion.

Frank, 62, says his mare’s milk is far sweeter, with a much lower fat content than cow milk – and claims it is drunk by over 30 million people around the world.

The farmer says the milk helped his daughter, 30-year-old Alison, with her skin problems which she had since she was 12.

Alison now works on the farm where she is in charge of milking.

Mare’s milk is not designed to replace regular cow’s milk – but Frank says its health benefits mean everyone should be incorporating it into their own diets.

Frank Shellard who runs Mares Milk near Bath (Picture: Tom Wren SWNS)

‘It’s a lot more expensive – it’s probably the most expensive milk in world at £6.50 for 250 millilitres,’ said Frank.

‘But you would be drinking it as a health drink – more so than putting it on your cornflakes.

‘The ethics of it are fantastic, there are no chemicals used whatsoever.’

He says it even helped combat high cholesterol after he suffered a stroke last year.

Frank added: ‘Doctors tried to get cholesterol down, but they were struggling.

‘I started drinking a litre of milk a day – went back in and after about a month they couldn’t believe it had gone down.’

It’ll cost you a pretty penny (Picture: Tom Wren SWNS)

Frank says Combe Hay is the only business commercially producing horse milk in Great Britain.

He added they are the only ones in the world registered with the Soil Association which means all the milk they produce is 100% organic and without chemicals.

Frank has 14 mares which he milks between 3 to 5 times a day (Picture: Tom Wren SWNS)

Daughter Alison had noticed the benefits of the milk after using a Belgian cream that contained horse milk.

After using the cream and drinking the milk – Alison’s says her eczema soon improved.

Father of three Frank then decided to start up his own herd back in England – producing bottles of milk, hand cream and lotion.

He bottles and sells the milk as well as making hand cream and soaps by adding honey from his bee hives (Picture: Tom Wren SWNS)

Another cream is also in its developmental stage – which is combined with organic honey.

‘Worldwide 32 million people drink mare’s milk – including a lot of Mongolians,’ Frank said. ‘It then moved through the continent and into Europe.’

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