We know that people are drawn to organic food for a variety of reasons, ranging from superior taste through to concerns about contamination and environmental sustainability.
One thing is for sure, if you compare a cup of our milk alongside
any other supermarket milk, you'll be amazed just how different
the milks taste. We're not just making it up when we say our milk
All our farms, processors and products are Certified Organic. This means they are audited and comply with a set of strict regulations known as standards which define what we can and can't do. If you're interested you can obtain a copy of the Organic Standards.
The key points that differentiate organic dairy farming to other systems are:
• No pesticides, chemical fertilizers or genetically modified plants are used. This means our cows feed on a diverse mix of herbs and grasses that grow naturally, free from any chemical contamination
• Our milking cows are not treated with antibiotics or hormones. When they do become sick, they are treated with natural medicines.
• Organic systems place strong emphasis on environmental protection and sustainability. Organic farmers are particularly concerned about the long term health of the land rather than short term gain.
Yes, with the exception of our pecorino. Our pecorino contains 0.02% animal based lipase, we are currently testing a non-animal alternative. The rest of our cheeses are made with non-animal rennet.
Is our milk pasteurised?
Yes, it is a legal requirement that all milk sold in Australia for human consumption must be pasteurised. The milk used to create our butter and cheese also undergoes pasteurisation.
Is the milk homogenised?
Yes and no. Parmalat sell our milk under their Pure Organic brand. Their two litre milk is homogenised, while the 1 litre pack in unhomogenised. Homogenisation is a simple mechanical process that involves pushing the milk through small holes that disperses the fat evenly throughout the milk and stops the cream from floating to the top.
Are we GMO free?
Our cows are fed on pasture and grain that is completely GMO free.
What is bio-dynamic?
Bio-dynamic is sometimes referred to as 'elevated organic' because as well as meeting the Organic Standards, it applies strict systems of farming aimed at enhancing soil and animal health.
Developed by Dr Rudolf Steiner in 1924, bio-dynamic farmers
seek to understand and work with the life processes
as well as enhance their understanding of the
mineral processes used in conventional agriculture.
At its heart is a belief that healthy soil is a prime
basis for healthy plants, animals and people.
We have both organic and bio-dynamic
certified farms operating
within our co-operative.
Are family farms better?
All our farms are family owned and operated. This is distinct from corporate owned farms that play an increasing role in mass food production.
By modern measures, efficiency is often defined by scale.
We believe the individual relationship a farmer has
with their land is much more important than the
size of the operation. A farmer who owns the land
and lives on the land is best placed to care for
the land, and ultimately, produce better food.
To us, quality is much more important than size.
What's so important about soil?
Soil is not the first thing that comes to mind when eating cheese, so you might be surprised to know that as farmers, we spend more time thinking about soil than most other things. Indeed, it is a concern for soil health that inspired many of us to take up organic farming in the first place.
When the soil is healthy, everything works better
- plants grow better, animals are healthier,
food tastes better, and ultimately,
people are healthier.
Organic farming invests heavily
in improving and maintaining soil
fertility and plant diversity.
What makes a happy cow?
The scale and drive to efficiency in modern farming systems often result is stressed animals, which in turn lead to infections and a reliance on antibiotic treatments. Organic farming on the other hand, is focussed on reducing animal stress so that they remain healthy. By reducing the root cause of animal illness we are able to eliminate much of the need for medical intervention.
In simple terms, happy cows are healthy cows.
It follows that happy cows produce very tasty milk!
Why a co-operative?
We formed our co-operative to share ideas, resources and ultimately, the profits that we generate from selling our organic milk and dairy products. We believe a co-operative enables us to grow our business while staying true to our values, maintaining and nurturing a personal connection to our land, animals and communities.
Is our packaging recyclable?
Right now there is no film available to pack cheese in which is recyclable as well as providing the necessary barrier from oxygen. A number of companies are working on developing recyclable film so hopefully it won't be too long before one is available. In the meantime, we choose film and packaging suppliers who have strong environmental credentials.