Animal welfare is our priority

The deer farms kōtia source milk from undertake a safe and gentle milking process, and only takes a few one minute. In fact, a mother deer will not produce milk if she is stressed, so we monitor their stress levels very carefully. To make sure each Hind stays happy and relaxed, we even introduce them to the milking sheds gradually before they give birth. And because Hinds respond better to female milk hands, they’re tended by our female milk hands whenever possible.

Kōtia doesn’t test on animals. As a company that is committed to animal welfare and taking the utmost care to nurture the deer we source our milk from, we are against testing products on animals. Our product efficacy is patch tested and certified on human sample groups.

All care taken to maintain the bond between hinds and fawns

We understand the import bond between Hind and Fawn, especially in the early weeks. It’s for the reason we don’t separate them during milking. Hinds milk on average for only three months, typically between December – February, with the process taking approximately 1 minute per day in comparison to milking cows, which is 8 minutes for twelve months a year. Our process is quick, gentle and stress-free.

The Hinds are kept on the farm’s best paddocks with plenty of feed, which ensures they’re healthy and produce lots of milk. A Hind produces much more milk than her fawn can drink, so there is milk left over after every feed. Fawns also nibble grass all day from a very young age. By weighing our fawns, we know it makes no difference whether a fawn’s mother is being milked or not.

Ethical farming and practices ensure milk quality

To ensure the highest standards of ingredients and animal care, we choose the farms we partner with very carefully. All farms that supply our deer milk must meet our strict policies on responsible farming and animal welfare, as well as the Ministry of Primary Industries’ stringent milk handling rules.

Our close relationships with deer farmers and milk hands, regular visits to farms and systematic review of milk test results ensure our farms follow the highest standards in the way they produce milk and care for their deer. Our deer farms are independently audited around 3-4 times every year, and all records including animal welfare reports and vet visits are checked carefully.