British farmer produces horse milk for £13 a pint

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A British farmer produces the world's most expensive milk - from HORSES and costing £13 a pint.

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

He says he got the idea to cure his daughter's eczema.

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

Frank says his mare's milk is far sweeter, with a much lower fat content than cow milk - and says its drunk by over 30 million people around the world.

Frank, 62, got the idea for the business after seeing the product cure his daughter 30-year-old Alison's skin problems when 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.

He said: "It's a lot more expensive - it's probably the most expensive milk in world at £6.50 for 250 millilitres.

"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."

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

Frank, from Bath, Somerset, said : "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."

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 had the idea to produce mare's milk after his daughter Alison, who suffered from eczema, tried a skin cream made from the product in Belgium.

After using the cream and drinking the milk - Alison's eczema soon cleared up. 

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

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."

Combe Hay has customers across Great Britain, from Cornwall all the way to Scotland.