Unhomogenized and organic milk directory

unhomogenised jersey glass milkWhile supermarkets compete over the price of milk, farmers step out of the ring and compete with quality.

Since dairy industry deregulation, farmers have been able to bottle their own milk. And due to the milk war, many more have begun. But they’re not just creating a product—it’s a matter of survival.

Farmers can’t afford to produce milk selling at unsustainable prices.

Coles began the milk war on Australia Day in 2011, pricing its private label milk at $1 per litre. The result? Farmers received lower farm gate prices, and over 140 Queensland dairy farmers left the industry. In contrast, Coles reported record profits and its CEO received $15 million a year.

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Woolworths followed suit, reducing the price of their milk, and suggested their hand was forced. They even created a new premium private label, stamped with the faces of local dairy farmers. Is this milk good and fair? Ask yourself, who owns the trademark and processor? Where is the milk distributed? During contract renewal, are the farmers replaceable? So who wields the power? Woolworths are crying crocodile tears while milking private label profits.

These products share the shelves with a cacophony of brands. Just a few multinational corporations—Fonterra (New Zealand), Kirin (Japan) and Lactalis (France)—are responsible for manufacturing these. While the packaging spruik health claims, its contents are often sugar-rich, and taste like disappointment.

So you see there’s much more to farmhouse milk than deliciousness—although it really is! Say goodbye to mediocre and say hello to flavour! Because more people are discovering real milk from small local dairies, as time passes, more farmers will join.

We’ll win the battle and the milk war!

My tip? For distinctive flavour, seek unhomogenised milk, pasteurised at a low temperature, from a single farm. For creaminess, choose a Jersey or Guernsey herd. For a better world, support those who cultivate rich soil, minimise plastic and prioritise animal welfare.

Look for these brands at farmers’ markets and local independents near you. Taste the difference and tell your friends!


Support local farmers and eat delicious fresh food to boot! Check the other directories: milk, eggs, pork, fruit and vegetables, garlic, turkeys and chickens.


Contribute: Do you know a farm that should be here? Email info AT flavourcrusader DOT com for inclusion. Learn more about the directories.

NSW   VIC   ACT   QLD   SA   NT   WA   TAS

NSW
tilba milkABC Tilba, Tilba
Erica and Nic Dibden broke free from the major processors, selling their Jersey milk through independent stores and farmers markets. “Every dollar spent is a dollar spent in the local community that goes back to producing the local product and employing the staff.” Pic and tip from Old Mill Road BioFarm.

big river milkBig River Milk, Southgate
Rod and Jo Madden’s full cream premium milk is unhomogenised and packaged in a glass bottle. Their business has since been sold to Local Farm Fresh, a fresh food home delivery service. Pic by goodnorthcoastlife.

bodalla dairyBodalla Dairy, Bodalla
The milk from Robert and Sandra McCuaig’s herd is unhomogenized, and bottled in returnable glass bottles. The milk is pasteurised at the 63.1 degrees – the lowest legally permissible temperature in NSW. Pic and tip from Old Mill Road BioFarm.


country valleyCountry Valley, Picton
The Fairleys run a herd of up to 110 Friesian, Jersey and Brown Swiss milkers at Picton, an hour from Sydney, with several more farms also supplying. The full cream milk is also available unhomogenised. It’s delicious!


highland organics milkHighland Organics, Moss Vale
Bill and Jacqui Smillie run Holstein and Brown Swiss cows on their organic farm in the Southern Highlands. A long-time cheese producer, they released an unhomogenised milk brand in 2012.


little big dairy coLittle Big Dairy Co, Macquarie River
Steve and Sue Chesworth run a herd of 800 purebred Holsteins, and milk them three times daily. The premium full cream milk is available in a glass bottle.


over the moon milkOver the Moon, Glen William
Karl and Cathie Johnson process milk sourced from fifth-generation dairy farmer Ian Lindsay, based in the Hastings Valley. Lindsay has a 50-strong Jersey herd. The full cream milk is available unhomogenised.


peel valley milkPeel Valley Milk, Woolomin
Lesley and Malcolm Rose run 110 Jersey cows on the flats of the Peel River at Tamworth. The full cream milk is available unhomogenised under the ‘gold-top’ label. Tip from th3littleredhen and photo by @McintoshBowman

the pines kiamaThe Pines, Kiama
Kel and Mahlah Grey’s herd comprises 12 Holsteins. They strip graze the herd, so the cows eat fresh pasture every day. The pastures are chemical-free; a biodynamic fertilizer and soil probiotic is also used. Sustainably grown hay and grain is supplementary feed. The unhomogenised full cream milk is batch pasteurised.


south coastSouth Coast Dairy, South Coast
The co-operative of 16 farms aim to supply fresh and high quality dairy products to the local market. The herds are mostly comprised of Friesians, with Jerseys and Red Australian Illawarras in the mix.


udder farm milk creamUdder Farm, Hunter Valley
Glenn Haines, his wife Helen and their two sons milk the cows twice daily. The milk is bottled two to three times a week depending on demand. The unhomogenised milk is available to the local market.


VIC
bass river dairiesBass River Dairies, Bass
Kaye and Luke run 160 cows, milked twice daily, on their property. The new dairy produces unhomogenised milk, bottled on the farm. Tip from Felicity.


Demeter milk, Murray and Goulburn Valley
The unhomogenised milk is sourced from the Jersey and Friesian herds of the Peterson and Pell families. Both practice biological farming methods to develop structured, humus-rich soil to grow healthy plants and animals. Tip from Dianne.


Gippsland JerseyGippsland Jersey, Gippsland
Steve Ronalds and Sallie Jones needed to bypass the big dairy processors after Murray Goulburn and Fonterra dropped their farmgate milk prices. They set up their own small processing plant and began selling their jersey milk in farmers’ markets.


inglenook dairyInglenook Dairy, Dunnstown
The Britt family wondered what to do, working seven days a week, for no rewards. “Bottle the milk,” Troy Peterken suggested. With a dash of Google searches and a dollop of naivety, they brought the business to fruition. The milk is available unhomogenised. Photo by @EnotecaSileno

JONESYS dairyJonesy’s, Kerang and Mt. Gambier
Wayne Somerville sources milk from the Somerville family, with farms in Kerang in northern Victoria and Mount Gambier in South Australia. The full cream milk is available unhomogenised. Tip from @julianne_rose and @wolfinkitchen


Koallah FarmKoallah Farm, Koallah
Four generations of the Castle family have run dairy cattle on their land for over 100 years; they currently milk 230 Holstein Friesians. The milk is processed by Inglenook Dairy. The ‘creamy top’ milk is unhomogenised.


lalatteriaLa Latteria, Donnybrook
Most of the unhomogenised milk is produced by the Friesian herd of Donnybrook Farm; supplies from Whittlesea, Murray-Goulbourn and Warrnambool supplement this. Milk comes in returnable glass bottles. Tip from @bezelafoodstore


Miranda Dale DairyMiranda Dale Dairy, Lakes Entrance
Sadly, the Matthews family have exited the dairy game. On the bright side, Sophie Jones, along with her partner Chris, have taken on some of their best cows and will soon produce and bottle milk under the Miranda Dale Dairy label. Coming soon.


saint david dairySaint David Dairy, Fitzroy
Ben Evans is from a fourth-generation dairy farming family. Milk is collected from Yarra Valley and near Daylesford, transported to the urban micro-dairy where it is pasteurised at a low temperature, then bottled; the full cream milk comes unhomogenised. Pic from PopeJoan.

schulz organic milkSchulz Organic Farms, Timboon
The unhomogenised milk is from a 450-strong herd of Friesian and Jersey cows. Since 1971 they have used biodynamic and organic principles to enhance the vitality of the soil, grasses and animals. They strive for a self-sufficient system that builds and sustains soil fertility. Tip from John.


ACT
See NSW producers.

QLD
baffle creekBaffle Fresh Dairy, Berajondo
Bruce Poulsen’s pasture is farmed biologically, fertilised with manure, worm juice and compost. No pesticides are used, whilst herbicides are used sparingly. The full cream milk is available unhomogenised.

healthy farms free range milkBaffle Dairy also produces Healthy Farms, branded to appeal to a wider audience. The full cream milk is available unhomogenised.


barambah organicsBarambah Organics, Glenarbon
The dairy farm has been the Campbell family since 1912, and is now run by Ian and Jane Campbell. All calves born on their property stay within their care. The milk is unhomogenised and pasteurized at a low temperature to retain the milk’s fresh, natural flavour. Tip from Elisha.


bartons fraser coastBurtons Fraser Coast Milk, Tinana
Jenny Burton and son Dion run the dairy farm and company. The full cream milk comes unhomogenised, with cream on top. They famously twice rejected business deals from Coles. Tip from Tameka.


cooloola milkCooloola Milk, Dagun
The milk is sourced from the farms of Dick Schroder, Patrick Kruger and more. The milk is unhomogenised, produced from Jersey herds. Photo from Sam W.


ivyhomeIvyhome Organic Dairy, Kingaroy
Mark and Pamela Comello practice soil conservation to have the healthiest soils possible, enhancing the health of their herd. Their herd is mostly Jersey, with some Friesians. The milk is available unhomogenised. Photo by @manfredistefano


maleny dairies milkMaleny Dairies, Maleny
Ross, Sally Hopper and the extended Maleny Dairy family are proud to support neighbouring dairy farmers by paying more for their milk. The family have milked Guernsey cows since 1948; the full cream milk is available unhomogenised.


mungalli milkMungalli Creek Dairy, Millaa Millaa
The Watson family use biodynamic farming principles to work with nature, not against it. They herd is predominantly Jersey, yet they also have Swiss Browns, Aussie Reds and Friesians. Their milk is unhomogenised. Tip from Jill

misty mountainThe same dairy has a non-organic brand, also unhomogenised, and is named Misty Mountain Farms. The milk is sourced from Jersey farms that are encouraged to farm sustainably and is available in North Queensland, from Mackay to Cooktown. Tip from Jill.


scenic rim robotic dairyScenic Rim 4Real Milk, Beaudesert
Inspired by a contract price 25 per cent below the cost of production, farmer Greg Dennis parted ways with his processor. He now milks 250 Holsteins in a robotic dairy. The girls spend a third of their day in a free-stall barn, resting on gel mats.


SA
alexandrina cheeseAlexandrina Cheese, Mount Jagged
The McCaul family have a herd of 80 well-loved and individually named Jersey cows. They produce rich, creamy unhomogenised milk.


bdB.-d. Farm Paris Creek, Paris Creek
Ulli and Helmut Spranz migrated to Australia to give their family a healthy lifestyle away from the city and produce the best quality, healthiest food possible. They found their new home at Paris Creek. Their milk is unhomogenised.


FleurieuFleurieu Milk Company, Myponga
Three families united to form the milk company. Barry and Merridie Clarke run a small Jersey herd with A2 milk. Chris and Karen Royans with Geoff and Louise Hutchinson together have a Holstein-Friesian herd. Both milks are available unhomogenised, and are differentiated by breed.


jersey fresh milkJersey Fresh, Greenock
The Kernich family were forced to make a choice: increase the size of their Jersey herd from 100 to 500, sell the farm or value add. They chose the latter; they currently farm 90 cows, producing approximately 1 400 litres of unhomogenised milk daily. Photo by Barossa Farmers Market.

robe dairyRobe Dairy, Robe
Five years ago, Julie and David Hinchliffe had one Jersey house cow; they’ve gradually increased their herd to 12, building up to around 20. The cows are milked twice daily. The milk is pasteurized in small batches; it is neither homogenised nor skimmed. Tip from Russell.


tweedvale milkTweedvale Milk, Lobethal
Giuliano and Rita Lorenzetti believe a small herd means more attention per cow and healthy cows means better milk. They used to provide the milk, yet today it is source from local farmers with a similar ethos. Their milk is unhomogenised. Tip from nwynn


NT
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WA
margaret river organic milkMargaret River Organic Creameries, Treeton
The Togno family has been dairy farming since the 1930s. Today Peter Togno runs Holstein-Friesian and crossbred Jersey cows. The unhomogenised milk is bottled on the farm twice weekly and distributed on the same day. Photo by Joanne.


millers margaret river milkMillers, Cowaramup
The Miller family are third-generation dairy farmers, running 450 head of cows on 1000 acres. Paul and Trish Miller began producing ice-cream after the dairy deregulation. They now produce unhomogenised full cream milk. Photo and tip by Michelle.


Sunnydale Dairy, Nedlands
Ron Rutherford and his family bottle Guernsey milk in glass bottles. You can purchase their unhomogenised milk on-farm and return the bottles for reuse. Tip from Nick.


Yard 86, Marbelup
Alby and Cindy Van Dongen produce milk from their herd of 14 Jersey cows. The milk is pasteurised at 63 degrees and bottled in glass. Maintaining a smaller herd allows them to focus directly on the cows and milk quality. “Every day the cows receive individual attention,” Alby said.


TAS
2 cow milk2Cow Dairy, Cygnet
Aiden Direen is a third generation dairy farmer. At around 50 cows, he runs one of the smallest commercial herds in Tasmania, with a mixture of Jersey and Friesian cows. The dairy produces unhomogenised milk. Tip and photo from @stevencrumper


ashgrove milkAshgrove Dairy, Elizabeth Town
You can taste the seasons in Ashgrove milk; it is not standardised to a minimum fat content. Nothing is added, included permeates. Their full cream milk is also available unhomogenised. Tip from @tammois


elgaarElgaar Farm, Deloraine
Josef and Antonia Gretschmann run a Jersey and Fresian-Holstein herd. The cows work for up to a decade, twice as long as usual, retiring to paddocks for the rest of their lives. The organic unhomogenised milk is packed in glass bottles. Tip from @tammois and photo by @mindfulfoodie


pyengana real milkPyengana Dairy Company, Pyengana
Jon Healey, a fourth-generation dairy farmer, operates the company with his wife Lyndall, their three daughters and staff. They milk 200 predominantly Friesian cows; the milk they sell is unhomogenised. Tip from elclark84


red cow dairiesRed Cow Dairies, Oldina
During the drought in northern Victoria, Matt and Andy Jackman packed their bags, 200 Aussie Red cows and moved to Tasmania. They employ biological farming practices, bottle their unhomogenised milk in returnable glass bottles and rear their bobby calves for three months.


richmond milkThe Wicked Cheese Co, Richmond
Ashley McCoy’s company produces unhomogenised milk branded “Richmond Milk”, sourced from the Coal River Valley. Tip from @tammois


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Milk terms

  • Full cream has at least 3.2% fat
  • Light or low-fat milk generally has less than 1.5% fat
  • Skim milk has less than 0.1% fat
  • Pasteurisation is a heat treatment that kills bacteria
  • Homogenisation is a process whereby cream becomes evenly dispersed throughout the milk

Contribute: Do you know a farm that should be here? Email info AT flavourcrusader DOT com for inclusion. Learn more about the directories.

Related elsewhere
Sustainable Table: Sharon Lee, Blessed Milk – FlavourCrusader on real milk and fair prices, July 2, 2014
The Age: Holly Humphreys, Call for better life for dairy’s rejects, October 13, 2013
The Guardian: Coles presentation boasts about silencing ‘milk war’ critics – in full, September 30, 2013
Hinterland Times: Matthew Evans, We need to talk about the northwest, February 8, 2013
ABC Radio Nation: Presented by Paul Barclay Supermarket wars, March 14, 2011
Tasmanian Life: Lucy Barbour, The Tasmanian Milky Way (PDF), Issue February-March, 2011
The Food Sage: Rachel Lebihan, Milk: you get what you pay for, March 9, 2011
The Mercury: Elaine Reeves, Milking tricky situation, January 13, 2010
Sydney Morning Herald: Maxine Frith, Creamed off by milk companies, April 13, 2008
Sydney Morning Herald: Matthew Evans, Full cream ahead, April 12, 2005


124 Responses to Unhomogenized and organic milk directory

  1. Tammi says:

    This is great, Sharon! Do you know about the wonderful Elgaar Dairy in Tassie? Also Ashgrove and Richmond. In NSW, is Riverina a small dairy?

    In Victoria, I know we get Elgaar, but we also have Gippsland Dairy. I’m drawing a blank at the moment for other Vic dairies (bad tammois), but will ask on the twitterz. :-)

    Thanks for doing this!

    1. Ester Wimborne says:

      Hi what a great blog about milk, so important to get the information out their to support small dairies who are making real milk with no additives. It is a hard slog to be in the dairy industry at the moment. Especially with the cheap $2 milk which has water in it and permeate and is doing so much damage. Their ads say Milk is Milk and we all need Milk what crap. Milk is not Milk anymore. Even good brands like Riverina have now altered their formula which is a shame. We have decided to produce some marketing material stating that we make “ethical” milk but am wondering if people will understand that. Anyway guys do your best to spread the word to support all the small dairy companies out there in Australia. We DO NOT want to end up like UK which now uses 90% long life milk and the small percentage of fresh milk comes from the Netherlands. If dairy industry is not saved now in Australia in the future we will no doubt be drinking long life milk from New Zealand!

      1. Ana says:

        Hi
        I was recently in the UK and saw a large supply of fresh milk at Waitrose. Are you saying that the milk in the fridge is not actually fresh but UHT kept in the fridge, like soy milk is? Please give me more information, I’m a milk fanatic and need to know!

        1. Ester Wimborne says:

          Hi Ana
          Have to admit I don’t know that much about UK milk.
          I do know that 90% of their milk is now UHT milk, so I presume that milk in the fridge was UHT. Unfortuantely most of the dairy farmers in UK have gone broke and no longer exist and they get fresh milk tankered in from Netherlands or other European countries.
          Quite sad really hope it does not happen here. People need to support their local dairy producer! Buy real milk wherever possible. Ester

          1. Brian Hughes says:

            Iwas reading this rubish and have to comment. This woman knows absolutely nothing about the farming industry in the UK.
            I am a service engineer working in most of the dairy processors and on many many dairy farms throughout the UK and have done so for the last 15 years, so feel highly qualified to comment on this.
            1) Some 81 % of all milk consumed in the UK is fresh milk.
            2)UHT milk is generaly not stored in fridges as it doesnt need to be.
            3) We have laws in the UK that prevent farmers from adding water to milk and dairy processors have to by law, test the milk when it arrives at dairies and will not unload any milk from a tanker that fails the tests, but send it back to the farmer if it does fail.
            4) Yes, you are right farmers in the UK are having a hard time. Mainly due to the last 5 years of recession, rising energy costs, feed costs and generally poor weather effecting production of of animal feed ect.
            5) Milk is used in many other products, yogurts, dried powder for cooking and cheese production ect and fresh milk is only one of the many products.
            We have laws in the UK that protect the consumer, and are very stringent and are audited, verified and certified daily to prevent any fraudulent activity in the dairy industry.
            I suggest before you make unqualified remarks about the state of the UK dairy industry that you do your research.

        2. Coralie Kennedy says:

          Most milk we saw in Europe in 2009 was UHT, which surprised me no end. Be thankful you aren’t in China, where my son is working. He doesn’t think what he is getting is UHT. He reckons it is more like a cement slurry mixed with thin white paint. He has been drinking copious amounts of homogenised milk in the five weeks he has been home. Has to go back to the horrible stuff at the end of the week.

          1. Sharon says:

            Oh your poor son :(

            We are soooooooooooo incredibly lucky to have the SAFEST food grown by our farmers in the harshest conditions in Australia. We take them for granted.

            Drink up son!

      2. Gail says:

        Hi Ester,

        If you are worried people won’t understand, educate them! What is ethical milk? Why is it important, and what are the benefits for the consumer (in other words – why should they care?)

        1. Ester Wimborne says:

          Hi Gail
          “Ethical milk” what a good question. Please have a look at our website http://www.countryvalley.com.au.
          Small dairy producers are doing their best under difficult circumstances to make their farms sustainable and ethical.
          People can interrupt those words in various ways. I know for a fact that John Fairley has regenerated the soils on his farm, cleaned up the creek beds and lets his cows roam free.
          The cows are milked on site and made into real milk with no additives in his own plant. He has the control over what he produces. He does not add skim poweder or solids to his Lite or Skim Milks and the full cream milk has never had any permeate added. That’s very ethical. The result is that Country Valley Milk has been highly regarded by the RAS yearly show with many awards for his Champion Yoghurts and Milks.
          He has solar panels on his cool room roof and is doing everything possible to be sustainable.
          Also producing a range of Organic Milk. He treats he cows, his staff and his customers with respect. Hope this answers the question. Thanks Ester

    2. This is terrific work .So proud to see our local milk champions Inglenook dairy on the list .

      1. Sharon says:

        Thanks Suzi! I remember when Inglenook started – so happy they’re thriving.

    3. rob harris says:

      Unfortunately no Tammi. Riverina Fresh dairy is owned by Fonterra.
      I hope there is some of these individual dairy products distributed in the riverina. I would buy it hands down

  2. Jill says:

    In Townsville, Qld, we have two great and real milks on sale that come from small dairies on the Atherton Tablelands. These are: Mungalli Creek Milk, and Jersey Milk. Great stuff indeed As far as I know these are avaiable through much of North Queensland. Mungali Creek milk is also sold in Mount Isa.

  3. Sharon says:

    Wasn’t the twittersphere on fire with milky wars today?

    @Tammi Thanks for dropping by and for spreading the word! I added Elgaar and Ashgrove. I’m waiting to hear from Gippsland for confirmation on their milk product and photos. Riverina *looks* like a small dairy but Fonterra are behind the brand.

    @Ester I’ve sent you an email – yes it’s a shame that people have to change the formula of milk for whatever reason. Hopefully this debacle will highlight the plight of dairy farmers and the need for competition.

    @Jill Thanks so much for your additions. I’ve added Mungalli Creek but I’m having trouble finding the details of Jersey Milk due to its generic name. I’ll persevere!

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  5. Liam O'Brien says:

    Hi,
    Milkwars is making me angry. Last year we were so excited to be able to buy Sungold milk from the Warnambool Butter and Cheese Factory, an Australian owned, ASX listed company. We get it from To’s Bakery on Hopkins St in Footscray, Vic.
    Liam

  6. Lucy says:

    then there’s the bread…next will be eggs…gonna check with my organic shop and get back to you.

    1. Coralie Kennedy says:

      I get my eggs from farmers markets. Have to be desperate to get them from the supermarket. Lovely yellow yolks.

  7. Kay Hollyoak says:

    Wow, I’m glad there are a few other companies out there doing what we are doing and bottling ‘just milk’. So many people have no idea what’s really in a bottle of milk.
    This is a great blog because we do tours here and people quite often say “We don’t live around here – is there other dairies that do the same as you”. And we didn’t really know that many – so I will print this page to give to the tour guides so we can tell them who to look out for.
    Thanks again.
    Kay

  8. Trish says:

    Mungalli Creek Dairy is a family owned farm and with two other family run farms produces milk, yoghurts, and cheese on the Atherton Tablelands using Bio-Dynamic (organic) techniques. The products are available in major centres throughout Queensland and in Northern NSW, Sydney and Melbourne. Some Yoghurts and cheeses are available in selected stores in other states. Misty Mountain Farms is a non-organic brand produced by Mungalli Creek Dairy. The two Jersey farms are encouraged to farm sustainably and use no GM supplements. Misty Mountain milk, cream and yoghurts are available in most independent stores and some major supermarkets in North Qld from Mackay to Cooktown. All products of both brands are non-homogenised, GM free, Gluten free, and preservative free. Some are also lactose reduced.

  9. Trish says:

    Hi
    Message for Sharon – I have been trying to reply to your email to send some pics but it keeps bouncing back. Could you please re-contact me
    Ta
    Trish at Mungalli Creek Dairy

  10. Excellent article. I love the fact that you reference milk that is available all over Australia. Great work. Keep it up.

  11. Rachael says:

    We love the Country Life milk and yoghurt which is available at Marrickville Markets on Addison Road in Marrickville, Sunday mornings.

    1. Ester Wimborne says:

      Hi Rachel thanks for buying our Milk at Addison Road, Marrickville.
      That Organics foodie market is blossoming with great traders. We are also at Eveleigh Market at Carriage Works, Darlington/Redfern on Saturdays 8-1pm along with 70 producers. So if you can’t make it on Sundays pop by and say hi to me personally. I have switched to Lite Organic myself as I’m trying to loose a bit of weight. Just can’t resist our organic cheeses and dairy products. LOL.
      But our lite still tastes like real milk coz no powders of any description.
      Cheers
      Ester

  12. Rolley says:

    ohh thanks a ton for putting this together!!! I’ve been trying to get nice milk in Rockhampton for years, once there was a shop that sold the Barambah stuff but they sold out and stopped selling it in place of home brand crap.

    You’ve given me some other products to chase up to see what I can source in my area, fingers crossed I can get something decent.

    Cheers!
    Rolley

  13. sharon says:

    Thanks for your comment Rolley, you made my day :)

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  15. Denis kamara says:

    To whom it concerns, actually i have seen a lot og the good products of your company. Really it match with that of people’s choice. Actually at present i work with a company known as SKC Dairy fresh here in mauritius island. We are into milk production, our products is of good quality which attracts the high demand from clients. I wish to know about employment opportunity in your organisation. Thanks for your kind attention. From Denis kamara.

    1. Sharon says:

      Thank you for your enquiry. I’m afraid we do not have any employment opportunities. All of the small dairies listed here are located in Australia – you can contact each directly. Best of luck with your search.

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  18. John says:

    Hi Sharon,

    Fantastic article. Funnily enough I found out that my stomach has trouble with the lactose-free milk that my girlfriend and I have due to her lactose intolerance. This seemed crazy, but I tested it with some full cream, un-homogenised milk and no trouble.

    To add to your fantastic list there is Schulz Milk from Timboon. We use it at our Farmers Market coffee carts around Melbourne.

    Cheers!

    John

  19. Sharon says:

    Hi John,
    Oh no, incompatible milk partners!

    Thank you so much for that tip!

  20. After reading all that its off to the fridge for me for a long late night swig of creamy Peel Valley I might just dip a spoon into the Double Jersey Cream too. For some entertainment checkout the Official Yeo ValleyAdvert 2011 “the churned forever” on Youtube

    1. Sharon says:

      Hey Davie, yeah that’s cool but I liked their first album more :) Lovely to meet another #realmilk lover!

      1. I am going to be a bit blokey :( Here I am addicted to a late night before you go to bed swig of milk from the carton or (glass bottle if I could get it) That isn’t my only failing and I could get ex communicated from the “real milk” campaign. This is what it is; Being brought up in a children’s home I don’t believe we had a refrigerator so all our milk was sterilised. I have always loved its flavour so here is the “crack” I actually love UHT!!! So can anybody tell me if one could get ” ethical” Sterilised for an addict like me..it makes the best “UK school style “custard Sorry to all for my “habit”

        1. Sharon says:

          Davie, Davie, Davie…

          I’m not sure if any of the smaller dairies do UHT, supply/demand, travesty etc :)

          Best check the websites of the ones closest to you.

          If that fails, you could try Devondale. The milk would come from a variety of farms though (not one or a few). However, it’s an Australian farmer-owned co-operative. If you’d like to chat to a Devondale dairy farmer, speak to Marian.

        2. Allana says:

          Hi David, I must whisper to you that after a few months living on Norfolk Island and drinking only UHT milk I liked it best with baileys :) however back in Tassie now and we har awesome fresh ethical mill options :) I am 90% sure that King Island milk makes a pretty fantastic UHT milk and sells at Woolies in Tas. Maybe you could look into that?

          1. Allana says:

            Ps oops Davie – sorry :)

          2. Allana says:

            Ps. Oh gosh, we are not renowned for our ethical “mills” haha, of course I meant milk – and have not “har”, um, going to sleep now :p

          3. Sharon says:

            I need to make a “LIKE” button :)

  21. Linda Barrios says:

    This is a great resource, but I still must say that I am VERY disappointed that only 1 of these dairies mentioned actually address the issue of the bobby calves. Barambah Organics is the only dairy listed that talks about their treatment of bobby calves, which are to many an unfortunate by-product of the dairy industry and are treated as such by all of the major dairies and also many of the organic ones. I only ever buy Barambah Organics as they keep their bobby calves. I would love to buy products from other dairies, but unless they look after the bobby calves and don’t a) euthanize them when they have no-one to take them or b) sell them off for veal (and we know the atrocoius conditions these poor babies suffer before they are slaughtered) then I shan’t purchase from elsewhere. I thinkt that part of the ‘organic certification’ process that it should also ensure that this type of thing is not permitted to happen.

    1. Sharon says:

      My friend Lesh addressed the bobby calf issue in her post with a few responses from some dairies.

      John from Country Valley has also written about their practices as has Marian Macdonald (a Devondale farmer) here.

      Also, please take the time to read this fine post by Tammi Jonas.

  22. Ana says:

    Hello
    I have just bought some Miranda Dale low fat milk. Does anyone know how this milk is produced?

    1. Sharon says:

      It looks like it’s unhomogenised. They also use the lower-temperature, longer method of pasteurisation but have a shorter shelf life of about 10 days. So good creamy, tasty stuff!

      1. Ana says:

        Hi Sharon

        Thanks for the quick reply! Do you also know about the method of producing the low fat milk variety? Do they just take the cream off the top? Or do they use some other method and add milk solids etc?

        1. Sharon says:

          Hi Ana,
          I can’t say for sure, but I seriously doubt they’d add anything to their milk; they’d just remove the cream.

          If you can find their details, they’d be happy to answer that. (I tried but an email bounced!)

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  23. What a wonderful sight for Farmers Like ourselves who have built our own processing factory to bottle our own milk. Inglenook Dairy has been operating for 10 weeks now and really need the consumer to get behind us. Link us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter Inglenook Dairy or check out our website for stockists. If you are interested in our products ask your local store as it is very hard for us to get into them without consumer request. Happy Milk drinking to all

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  24. jac says:

    Just a heads up, Jersey Fresh milk in Greenock is located in South Australia (Barossa) not NSW.

    1. Sharon says:

      Oh yes, thanks Jac – will amend soon!

  25. Lilly says:

    Thank you for setting up this site, yet I am still having trouble locating info about where to
    source milk and cream produced by only Holstein cows in Queensland. We get A2 from stores
    which has recently gone up from $4.77 for 2litres, now $5.09 so I am keen to find alternative
    suppliers – WA have a farm producing what seems 100% holsteins, so are there any in QLD?

    Thank you so much for any info. Lilly

    1. Sharon says:

      Hi Lilly,
      If you’re after milk from A2 cows for allergy reasons, I’m pretty sure that herds comprised of 100% Jersey or Guernsey are fine as well. Cooloola and Maleny (both in Queensland) fit the bill – please double check with the dairy. I’m not sure what their prices are but I’ve tasted A2 once and it was undrinkable! I have a feeling that once you’ve tasted Cooloola and Maleny milk, you won’t go back. Please let me know!

      1. I don’t know if Fleurieau Milk Co supply in your area but their Jersey and Holsteins are both A2

  26. Therese Cawte says:

    Hi Sharon, I just came across your blog this evening for the first time. My husband, Glenn and I have ‘Eden Hope Organic Dairy’ near Gympie. Just to clarify, our farm has been certified organic since 2001 and biodynamic since 2006. Thanks for the exposure and supporting family owned farms. Therese

    1. Sharon says:

      Thanks Therese! I’ve amended your blurb :)

  27. DothanRose says:

    You can buy shares in a cow for ultra fresh milk! SOUTH AUSTRALIA, here’s the link to their site: http://www.organicbox.com.au/rawmilk/

    1. Sharon says:

      Thanks for the tip! I might put a separate page together with a few pointers :)

  28. […] Nuts are one of nature’s amazing foods, and are loaded with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Besides, it’s a good way to reduce the amount of dairy we eat in the western world. Commercially available dairy is heavily processed, and it takes some research and time to find the real stuff. […]

  29. Ros says:

    I’d like to point out to Ester Wimborne how hopelessly ill informed she is about milk available on the shelves of Waitrose supermarket (and other suppliers) in the UK. Maybe she could at least take the trouble to visit the Waitrose website before posting her comments also the website of Waitrose’s main organic supplier Dutchyoriginals.
    http://www.waitrose.com/home/inspiration/About_our_product_ranges/food/dairy/milk.html
    http://www.duchyoriginals.com/Full_Fat_Milk.php

    1. Sharon says:

      Thanks for your comment Ros. According to DairyCo, who work on behalf of U.K.’s dairy farmers, the sales of UHT milk is just 6.3%. SRC

      UHT milk is much more popular in Europe, according to Gwyn Jones of the National Farmers Union. For example, during 2007, it accounted for for 95% of all milk sales in France. SRC

      Ester probably got her countries confused.

  30. Ros says:

    Thank you Sharon for correcting the comments made by Ester. It’s true to say that the dairy industry has many problems in the UK just as it has here but I should also perhaps point out that not only do we drink fresh milk in the UK but a great many of us choose organic. Organic milk (from British herds) is a more mainstream product than in Australia and the price difference between organic and non-organic nothing like as great as here. At a guess not far off 50% of milk sold in my local Waitrose supermarket is organic. I would buy nothing else and also favour Dutchy unhomogenised enjoying cream on the top and seeing no problem with a marginal variation in flavour throughout the year.
    Ana, if you are ever in the UK again I can assure you it will be quite safe for you to reach out for a bottle of fresh milk on any supermarket shelf.

  31. Shirley Green says:

    B.-d Farm Paris Creek and Alexandrina Jersey milk are superb. I don’t shop at Coles and Woolworths at all because of their dominance in the petrol industry, liquor industry, pokies, and now hardware stores. They truly are take-over merchants ruining business for others. As for their cheap milk. Nasty. Anything that disadvantages our hard working farmers is intolerable.

  32. Sharon says:

    Thanks for your comment Shirley. I don’t know how aware people are of what they are doing to Australia’s food industry, from farm to retail. The problem is their dominance, desperation for market share that drives quality down, down, down. We need strong alternatives unless we’re okay with eating rubbish and farmers leaving the land.

    And yes, they’re dominating through other industries too. Woolworths and Wesfarmers (Coles) are in the top 200 of the Global 500 http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/global500/2012/full_list/index.html
    Makes them destroying dairy livelihoods MUCH worse when you consider their wealth.

  33. […] heritage breed dairy cattle? Where can I get some of that? Virtually nowhere, it seems. Thanks to Flavour Crusader, I know of Maleny Dairy in Queensland with Guernseys; and in addition to a Jersey herd, Mungalli […]

  34. Heather says:

    This is all fantastic, but they all seem to FAIL in one HUGE area…They package in PLASTIC bottles. Not only are plastic containers TOXIC to humans, they are killing wildlife and clogging the planet. This is a huge problem. Whatever happened to milk in re-usable glass bottles that was delivered to the door? Bring it back I say.

    1. Sharon says:

      Hi Heather!
      Yes plastic is awful – about five or so of the dairies use glass bottles – and a few are returnable.

      Yes I remember delivered glass bottles… leaving coins for the milkman… cream on top. Scratching the foil top. Oh I think all of that went out with deregulation. Tell the government! Or perhaps, it will come back when/if people get more food delivered to their home.

    2. Sharon says:

      Just wanted to update this comment, I asked a few dairies about glass bottles:

      For a long time, there were no Australian suppliers. Yet, the main reason for not using them seems to be glass is hard to handle. There are problems with breakages (they can only be reused 4.5 times as they chip) & they’re heavy to transport. A few said its more costly than plastic, although one disagreed. Cleaning and sanitizing is difficult and isn’t cost-effective.

      1. Craig says:

        The statement that cleaning and sanitizing glass not being cost-effective is more related to the profit the company has decided to make. Elgaar have been producing milk in glass bottles for more than 10 years and yes it is more expensive, and yes it is more difficult, but they believe that it is the ethical and sustainable thing to do and the healthiest way to package their product.

  35. Miriama says:

    elgaar is sold in queensland with wray organics. wallanvale is another cosmetic use only milk (local to qld).did u mention celopatra’s bath milk…also for cosmetic purposes.

    1. Sharon says:

      Hi Miriama,
      Thanks for that. Sorry I can’t list those milks you mentioned because… cosmetic purposes…
      !
      Sharon

  36. Neil says:

    I recently had a discussion with a friend who is a dairy farmer in S/W Vic. As a result I am now buying Great Ocean Road fresh milk (Warnambool Cheese and Butter, just the same as Sungold), which is exclusively available from, wait for it… Coles!
    http://www.wcbf.com.au/brands-products/great-ocean-road-products.aspx

    For other dairy products I’ll be going with Devondale. They’re (Murry-Golburn Co-Op) a 100% Aussie farmers co-op.

    See, you can stay mainstream and still support local farmers, producers and companies. No need to go off the beaten track to track down limited supply boutique products. The Great Ocean Road milk costs 50% more than the Coles brand, but it’s well worth it for the sake of our farmers and local dairy industry

    1. Sharon says:

      Hi Neil,
      Going off the beaten track, hmmm not sure if local shops or markets are really that?

      Part of the pleasure of buying from the smaller dairies is the flavour – there’s also more variance, differing breeds, different pasture and some use lower temperatures to pasteurise. Some people like to support different dairy farmers for their farming practices. Buying from the small guys, I’ve stopped taking milk for granted. It’s so special.

      Part of the pleasure going to farmers’ markets and local shops is keeping diversity in retail alive. And contributing socially and economically to the local community. And yum.

      I do agree with your point though – avoid $1 milk to support our farmers and local dairy industry. If you don’t have any of the milks stocked locally, buy branded. And better still, from an Australian co-op or company.

  37. Just a heads up that the Murray Valley Cheese Co (and Murray Bridge) are about 100km east of Adelaide in South Australia

    1. Sharon says:

      Thank you Michelle – fixed!

  38. Niki says:

    I don’t buy milk in plastic. I wish we went back to glass bottles. I hate the thought of all those plastic bottles as landfill. Thanks for this info!

  39. Juanita says:

    Does the Aussie Farmers Direct milk qualify for this list? It comes from a dairy in Vic and is apparently 100% Australian.

    1. Sharon says:

      Hi Juanita, Thank you. Just added.

  40. Susie Green says:

    We love Tweedvale milk! It is all we drink in our house!

    1. Sharon says:

      Hi Susie,
      Great to meet you! Here’s to glorious milk!
      Sharon

  41. Jennifer Borrell says:

    How do I find out which farms have cows that are treated humanely? My son has become vegan as he does not want milk from cows that are treated cruelly. On the other hand I would like to continue to drink milk, albeit from cows that are treated humanely.
    – Jennifer

    1. Sharon says:

      Hi Jennifer,
      If you’re referring bobby calves, Barambah Organics keep theirs for a few years. It’s exquisite milk too. However, you will be limited to what you can find available near you.

      Check out what’s available at your farmers’ market, local delis etc. If you can talk to the farmer, then do. Call the dairy if you buy from a shop.

      Sharon

      1. Carolyn says:

        Mountain View Farm in Victoria are also highly ethical … produce the best grass fed yoghurt around!

  42. […] Nuts are one of nature’s amazing foods, and are loaded with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Besides, it’s a good way to reduce the amount of dairy we eat in the western world. Commercially available dairy is heavily processed, and it takes some research and time to find the real stuff. […]

  43. Katie says:

    A bit late in the piece here, but I’ve been Googling for information.
    I was told by my Coles yesterday that they will not be stocking the Great Ocean Road milk any more.
    I was buying a bottle almost every day (kids and cappuccino drinkers :) ) and loved the way this milk tasted and foamed. I also loved supporting the littler guy.
    Any one have any news on this? I know that it used to sell very well at my Coles. Being there every day to buy it, I saw the shelf regularly empty and get refilled. Maybe it sold a little too well….

  44. joseph mani says:

    I would like to buy milk in bottles like old years please tell me how can I get it

    1. fishthinkers says:

      I’d also like to be able to get it locally…that includes no plastic in the lid

  45. Leanne says:

    Watch out in Woolies. Their brand organic milk is ultra heat treated and tastes horrible. It is in the refrigerated section even though it is UHT!

  46. Great site but did you realise that over 90% of the packaging used by the independent dairies listed supports international global companies my plastic bottles and packaging are 100% guaranteed Australian
    My main goal is to prove that Australia is still the home to a “fair go”!! For the little guy
    I come from 8 generations of dairy farmers and support all independent Dairys

  47. […] The two brands I move between based on where I’m shopping are Mountain View Farm and Demeter Biodynamics. You can read more about other good brands and why we should support them here. […]

  48. Paul says:

    I like Country Valley organic full cream milk. When I first tasted it I gave up soy milk on the spot. :-)

    Helps if it’s available in your local corner store. 7-star supermarket in Newtown Sydney sells this milk, otherwise I’d still be drinking soy. Which I do like sometimes, but only sometimes :-)

    I also buy Nimbin Natural cheese from same shop. Made by Norco, but for some reason I never particularly liked Norco organic milk. I thought it tasted not much better than Coles milk. I could be wrong, but Norco is not listed on this blog, but look what I just found…

    “Norco Commences Major Coles Branded Milk Contract”… (1/7/2014)

    uh-oh! See, no wonder Norco milk isn’t listed here on Alt.milk. Imagine if it had, what a scandal for FC narrowly averted!

    1. Hijackthejoint says:

      Quite surprised norco isn’t listed here. 100% farmer owned and they make a great Unhomogenised milk, and I thought the organic stuff tasted great too, although I can’t afford it too often

      1. Sharon says:

        To Norco, or not to Norco, that is the question.

        Ethics and taste are different for everyone. If you’re happy with what you taste, and support the cooperative’s practices, well there you go. Nothing to do with me!

        My blog’s title is “FlavourCrusader,” so that’s my promise. I’m floored by the quality of milk from single-source small farms. Floored! Milk is more expensive, but it makes me so happy. Every single day! With larger firms and cooperatives, milk is mixed with dozens if not hundreds of farms. So you’d miss out on the unmistakeable taste of a place, and knowledge of who produced the milk and how.

        Major cooperatives enter $1/L deals with the duopoly like the multinational corporations. When the duopoly have over 70% of the grocery market (and 50% of milk), it’s what they have to do to ensure limited shelf space for their brands.

        Pay a fair price for milk, ideally outside supermarket doors, that’s all. If you drink less milk, you’ll perhaps afford better.

  49. Hijackthejoint says:

    Ah, there you go. To Norco for me!

  50. Pascale says:

    Thanks for this great site!
    We are lucky, here in the ACT, as a number of dairies attend the local farmers’ markets.
    Just a question… do you know where ALDI’s ‘Just organic’ milk is sourced? there is little information on its website.
    Thanks

    1. Sharon says:

      Thanks Pascale!
      Yes, you are very lucky indeed :).

      Re: ALDI. No idea. But I did find this:

      “Just Organic (ALDI) and You’ll Love Coles Organic milk are relatively cheap, but they are ultrapasteurised to give them an extended use-by date. This means the milk is heated to higher temperatures than in normal pasteurisation. You may detect a slightly “cooked” taste.”

      Ick!

      SOURCE

  51. Jono says:

    Woolworths organic milk is also ultrapasteurised. They all taste very sweet to me and not much cheaper than other good quality/tasting milk.

    Yes we sure are lucky in Canberra to have access to a great range of good quality, great tasting milk from regional produces. And not just available at local markets- local fruit/veg shops and local supermarkets.

    Tilba milk is the best tasting of all I have tried in Canberra.

    1. Sharon says:

      Yes Tilba, it’s Jersey too!

      1. Michael Holm says:

        I used to be able to get Tilba milk in my local IGA in Mortdale, Sydney, but then it disappeared off the shelves, and I was told there was an issue with the local supplier. Does anyone know where else I could find it in Sydney?

        1. Sharon says:

          Bit late for this comment, but I’ve only seen Tilba at the Pyrmont market that’s on once monthly.

    2. Janelle says:

      Where can you get the good real milk in canberra? We are on a hunt for good quality milk and in glass bottles that can be returned and reused.

      1. Sharon says:

        Hi Janelle,
        I’m pretty sure Country Valley milk sell at the Capital Region farmers’ market and Choko Bai Jo. Delicious! There should also be more brands around – you generally find real milk at the farmers’ market, a food co-op or health food stores. As for returnable glass bottles, it’s still quite rare; ask at the co-op, they’d be your best bet.
        Sharon

      2. Sharon says:

        Oh, and several comments (scroll up) say there’s a lot of real milk in Canberra.

  52. […] some farmers’ markets and organic food stores. To find real milk in your state, check out this comprehensive list of unhomogenised, quality milk from family owned farms prepared by Sharon Lee (aka: […]

  53. jhon says:

    Keep up natrual and organic milk and cheese products for ever

  54. […] my cake and eat it, as with meat consumption, and support those farmers doing the right thing. The Alt.milk directory lists small-scale, family-run dairy farms using ethical and sustainable practices. I know that one […]

  55. Jasmine says:

    Great site thanks!

    Just curious if there is any recommendations for local Victorian Goat Milk farmers close to Melbourne?

    Cheers!

  56. Anthony says:

    Hi,

    Does anyone know of a Cow/Goat Dairy farm that allows calves/kids to stay with their mother? Either during the day or during the night?

    Thanks,

    Anthony

    1. Sharon says:

      Hi Anthony,
      You might like to look at Barambah, Bannister Downs, Paris Creek and Elgaar.
      Sharon

      1. Anthony says:

        Awesome. Thanks, Sharon.

  57. […] There are a whole bunch of small-scale, family-run organic dairy farms operating throughout Australia practising less intensive, more traditional methods of dairy farming. Nowadays you can find some organic dairy products at the supermarket or otherwise you can find them at your local farmer’s market or organic grocer. Also, check out the Alt.Milk Directory to find out where to buy milk and dairy products produced locally, from family-owned operations using ethical and sustainable practices (http://flavourcrusader.com/blog/2011/03/family-dairy-milk-organic/). […]

  58. Eugene Delargy says:

    I think you should include Norco milk. I enjoy their Cream Top milk, it seems tasty enough and is from a select group of farms.

    Their Pure Jersey milk, whilst not unhomogenised is from a single farm in Ruthven in the Richmond River Valley.

    Norco do have a contract with Coles but if you look at their annual reports, prices paid to farmers have increased, will increase in the coming years and more farmers are joining the co-op.

    If signing a 5 year deal with Coles was going to ruin farmers, do you think co-op would be going this well?

  59. Brad says:

    Hi, just found your site tonight.

    Really interested if anyone knows ANY WAY at all to have milk from a certified biodynamic dairy farm delivered to a inner city address?

    Only option I can see is drive to a dairy door.. or a town near by… or buying Pauls organic brand from IGA, Coles or Woolworths.

    There are a bunch of places selling paddock to plate organic meat and home delivered or CBD pickup locations for fruit and veg from the farmers door, local and seasonal, i would LOVE to get some good old glass bottled milk like i used to have when i was a kid and not participate in the Coles Woolworths cheap milk wars. Someone needs to take advantage of us city dwelling DINKs and give me some home delivered country fresh milk option. I cant find one anywhere.

    1. Sharon says:

      Hi Brad,
      Instead of seeking organic/biodynamic, glass bottled AND home delivered… Think about what is most important to you, and buy that…

      I have a feeling it is organic milk you’re after – there aren’t too many dairies that are certified organic. But there are some! If you do get meat deliveries, ask them to order organic milk as well – there’s bound to be more like you.

      Alternatively, check your farmers’ market, and any decent food store. Show them this list and tell them to stock a brand you want. Make it easy on yourself!

  60. Joe says:

    you forgot Norco! Organic, cream on top and jersey milk available and its owned by the farmers who supply it.

  61. Greg Dickson says:

    Don’t forget about grumpy farmer milk in WA
    Another thing I have noticed is that Unhomogenised milk keeps longer. My belief is that because the particles are larger they break down more slowly, and this the milk keeps longer.

    1. Sharon says:

      Thanks for the tip!

  62. Jason says:

    Hi I’m with a face book page called dairy farmers need your help please could some one from your PR or Admin team please contact me we are seeking some assistance with milk brands

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  64. Tania says:

    Honestly I do not worry too much about organic milk. What I am looking for are ethical producers who do not send calves or cows to slaughter. Is it possible to make money and not slaughter the cows when producing milk? Its hard to find any producer who can really say that they do not slaughter their bobby calves or the cows when they stop producing milk.

    1. Sharon Lee says:

      Hi Tania,
      Only a few dairies keep the bobby calves; some may sell them to neighbours as “lawn mowers”. To prevent the early slaughter of bobby calves, an alternative use must be found. Veal is one, yet Australians don’t eat that much. Also, small species abattoirs are few and far between. And yes, most dairies slaughter cows when they stop producing milk; although one or two in Australia have retirement paddocks. Again, an alternative use must be found. Cows can be fed well in retirement, and eaten when they return to condition.

      Unless the farmer is attaining a premium price, it sounds uneconomical, and in most cases, improbable. But not impossible – farmers are innovative and if there are more people willing to support these practices they will find a way to make it happen.

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