Ethical and Organic Dairy in Australia Directory

There have been requests from consumers on ARMM's Facebook page for a list of dairies in Australia who farm with ethical, sustainable and particularly high animal welfare practises. Recently a post about the winners of the Delicious Awards 2017 reinforced that these farmers wish to connect too. This list, started in May 2017, is an attempt to create a farm-to-consumer link. It is a free community service. If you would like to add your ethical or organic dairy to the list, please submit your information via the submission form at the bottom of this page. 

Research show the conscious consumer want to have direct access to detailed information about what went into the production of their dairy. They care about the quality of the milk, the welfare of the animals and the wellbeing of the farmer. The dairy farmer want to have direct access to this information to create a niche product that consumers will love above others. This trend shows that consumer preference will dominate in a real free market. In general the dairy industry in Australia have lost touch with what the consumer really want. 

Overseas examples of raw milk industries show that consumers have a variety of particular preferences that seek satisfaction. Raw dairies act on them because of a strong, personal relationship and consumers are willing to pay for it. Consumer preferences and access to a product that's in demand are the driving engine because it changes the economics of running a farm. Here in Australia it is illegal to sell raw milk (from cows) for human consumption, keeping many farmers and consumers apart. This list may not fit entirely into consumer requests seen in other countries.

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 However this is a good start to enable consumers to access information on products based on their values and what they want their dollars to support. In this video Joe Gretschmann from Elgaar Farm say that many industries have a history of ignoring consumer demand for ethical, high quality food. It is up to the community to build networks that supports it themselves. It is up to producers to decide if they want to participate in this directory (because they know their farming operation). It is also up to individual consumers to decide what they want to support based on their particular preferences and values.

Here is a short list of some of the things raw milk consumers are asking for in other countries:  organic, 100% grass-fed (learn why here), slaughter-free, no anti-biotics, no grain feeding, no chemical fertilisers or pesticides used on the farm, unhomogenised milk, use of glass bottles, keeping the calves (at foot) with their mothers and the herd, employment of nanny cows, raising bobby calves, animal welfare certifications or animal welfare assurances etc. Learn more about sustainable alternatives here or hop straight to this story about pioneer Fiona Provan's The Calf at Foot Dairy. Also learn about Ahimsa milk here.

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How Now Dairy Co, Wunghnu

Website and Facebook,  Email: cathy@ethicaldairy.com.au
Family owned and operated, located in Northern Victoria. On our farm we don't separate our calves from their mums. We keep cow and calf together and share the milk. Our cows roam pastures with an abundance of trees for shelter. We never send a calf to slaughter. There are no pesticides used on our farm and no antibiotics in the milking herd. Click here to see a recent newspaper article about the dairy.


 

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Submission Form:

Use this form to submit your dairy to the Ethical and Organic Dairy in Australia list. Please allow up to a week for your dairy to appear on the website.

 
For example: Warrigal
Ideas: is it family run, herd size, area where you farm, unique selling points of your milk, awards your dairy have won, what makes your dairy unique, your values or farming practises, why consumers may wish to buy your product in particular.
If you don't have a website you can use your social media website address, for example: https://www.facebook.com/... or https://www.instagram.com/...
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This may make it easier for consumers to quickly find and identify your product at a store near them. There is no space on this website to keep such a list on your behalf unfortunately. The admin would be too much.
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