HOW AND WHERE TO BUY MILK
1. Our motto is to treat dairy like meat and make it a treat.
Buy it from farmers’ markets and local independents near you, and if you have no choice but to buy from a large retailer then opting for organic milk is a good start. This means no synthetic fertilisers or pesticides have been used on farm, cows adhere to an organic diet and animal welfare requirements are more stringent.
“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.” Sharon Lee, Flavour Crusader.
Visit The Good Milk Directory, a state-by-state listing of independent dairy brands, lovingly compiled by
2. What to look for when buying organic and biodynamic dairy products.
Buying organic/biodynamic milk, cheese and yoghurt means you’re supporting a better way of dairy farming – you’re encouraging the industry to head that way. Organic/biodynamic dairy farming works to strict standards in order to improve the health of the environment and maximise animal welfare, so you can be assured that the milk you’re consuming is healthy for you, kinder on the cow and better for the planet.
You may need to pay a little extra for this type of dairy because of the extra labour involved – reducing your overall dairy intake can help balance your budget.
Organic and Biodynamic certification logos to look out for:
*Small Producer Program, part of ACO
3. Ask questions
If you’re concerned about the ethical implications of dairy farming, ask the farmer about what they do to address this. All dairy farms face the same issues when it comes to bobby calves for instance, so it’s worth asking how the farm addresses these issues so that you can make an informed choice. The sort of questions to consider asking include:
- How do you manage the calves on your farm?
- Do you buy in grain or other feed to supplement the pasture? If so, what percentage?
- Do you use synthetic fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides on the pasture? (of course, certified organic/biodynamic farms are not allowed to use these inputs)
4. Spread the word
Knowledge is power, so share what you’ve learned with your family, friends and colleagues so that together we can make a real difference.
For more information on the dairy industry visit Dairy Diaries