Velvet Cloud

Velvet Cloud is a handmade natural sheep’s milk yogurt, made on our family farm in Co Mayo in the West of Ireland where the family have been farming for generations. Due to our mild wet climate our ewes graze an abundance of grass and clover pastures for almost the entire year. We use just two ingredients: fresh sheep’s milk from our flock of Friesland and Lacaune ewes and yogurt cultures.



We are so excited that our 130g single portion small pot of Velvet Cloud sheep’s milk yogurt will feature on the shelves of 153 LIDL stores around Ireland from the 11th to 23rd September or while stocks last. This will give even more of you a chance to try its natural creamy deliciousness. We are taking part in a supplier development programme called KICK Start run by LIDL and supported by Bord Bia. Look out for the KICK Start area in all LIDL stores and you will be able to try our sheep’s milk yogurt but also 54 other wonderful Irish products.

Velvet Cloud & Siobhan The Sheep’s Appearance On The RTE LATE LATE Show 3rd Feb 2017



Velvet Cloud Appearance On RTE's Big Week On The Farm 3rd April 2017

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A Touch Of Velvet

This feature in Irish Country Living recently, gives the background story to how and why we started the business. Click on the image to read the article.

Velvet Cloud Sheeps Milk Yogurt | Irish Farmers Journal

Why Sheeps Milk?

  • Sheep milk has a higher nutritional value and higher concentrations of proteins, fats, minerals, and vitamins, compared to cow’s milk.
  • Because of the unique properties of sheep’s milk, it suits many with digestive challenges or who are allergic to cow’s milk.
  • Sheep’s milk has higher levels of “heart healthy fats” (or what in food chemistry we call “polar lipids”) compared to cow’s milk.
  • Velvet Cloud sheep’s milk yogurt is creamier than regular yogurts, and many prefer the milder naturally sweet taste when compared to cow/goats yogurts.
  • Our yogurt is made with only two ingredients fresh sheep’s milk and LIVE probiotic yogurt culture. There is nothing added or nothing strained away.
Tubs of Velvet Cloud Natural Sheeps Milk Yogurt

Why sheep’s milk is so nutritious?

Gram for gram, the superiority of sheep’s milk lies in the comparison with cow and goat milk - especially in the differences between levels of critical nutritional aspects like
  • Protein
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Thiamine
  • Riboflavin
  • Vitamins B6
  • B12 and D
  • The medium chain amino acids
  • Linoleic acids and all 10 of the essential amino acids

Sheep’s milk contains about one third more energythan cow or goat milk (making it a favourite of high-performance athletes). It has 70% - 80% more proteinand much more of the right kinds of fats, vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, while being lower in sodium. It has more than twice as much Vitamin C, and double or triple the other essential vitamins. It also has more folic acid (folate).

People who are intolerant, find they can’t digest, or simply don’t like cow or goat milk, often find that sheep’s milk products are the only dairy they can enjoy. The fat globules in sheep’s milk are smaller than those in either cow or goat milk so the milk is more homogeneous. The smaller fat globules are more easily digested and less likely to cause high cholesterol Sheep’s milk is also used by those suffering from eczema, asthma, or other allergic illnesses. The high zinc content may help with eczema, and its uniquely high levels of peptides and nucleosides may help combat allergies.

References:

For more detailed nutritional information and the latest studies on the functional benefits of sheep’s milk click here:
http://www.heliyon.com/article/e00227/
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1541-4337.12250/full
http://www.smallruminantresearch.com/article/S0921-4488(06)00254-9/abstract


Contact Us

If you would like to know “How do you milk a sheep” or indeed you have any other questions for us please get in touch.

Velvet Cloud
Rockfield Dairy
Rockfield
Claremorris
Co Mayo
Ireland

Michael Flanagan
Email: michael@rockfielddairy.com
Phone: 087 6390841

Aisling Flanagan
Email: aisling@rockfielddairy.com
Phone: 087 9881583

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