Our farmers are certified organic and they comply with a strict set of standards. They do not use synthetic or artificially produced pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers or GMOs (genetically modified, transgenic organisms). Their cows are fed predominantly on pasture which is completely GMO free. Our farmers have a genuine concern about the long term health of the land about the herds welfare. This results in happy cows and remarkable tasting milk and dairy products.
Meet a few of our farmers
The Mahony family have been dairy farming for 4 generations on their farm at Bookaar, north of Camperdown in South West Victoria.
Currently Dennis and his four sons, Matthew, Simon, Christopher and Daniel, work on the property. The move to organic farming began 5 years ago. It has been the best move the family have made, sparking a new interest in sustainable lifestyles and a healthier farm. The family milk 350 cows. On a second farm they grow out young stock and grow their own organic crops.
The Mahony's believe in growing the best quality food for their own families, and they take pride in being able to provide the public with the best quality organic milk they can produce.
For 15 years we farmed conventionally finding no professional services were able to give us solutions to our escalating problems with water, cow health and pasture. By running our own trials, thinking outside the square coupled with our organic practices, we now have a sustainable environment and future. Our goal is to run a closed system.
When we started farming in 1979 we were routine users of chemical fertilisers, antibiotics, hormones and animal drenches.
In 1997 a visiting Nuffield Scholar led us to understand that we were treating symptoms of soil imbalance and so began our journey to organic farming. We take pride in the quality of the grass we grow for our cows, the development of our soil and our staff led by Bec Gell who share our farming values and organic ethos.
We came to our farm near Yarram in 2003 after becoming disillusioned with conventional high input farming and the toll it took not only on our cows health but our own. A new focus on producing a healthy product from healthy animals meant that our soils needed to be balanced and re-mineralised.
About 60 acres has been retained as natural woodland for habitat of numerous species of native wildlife. Now we milk approx. 80 cows and try to balance our time with the kids, enjoying farming again and the rich natural environment that surrounds us.