Frequently Asked Questions
+ 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 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 cheese suitable for vegetarians?
Yes they are suitable for vegetarians.
+ What is biodynamic?
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.
+ Why is soil so important?
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.
+ 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.
+ 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!