Where does our milk come from?
Our milk and cream comes fresh from the lush pastures of northern NSW. Sir Graeme and I made a recent visit to the happy cows that produce our milk, and happy cows do give more milk so the farmers go to some trouble to make sure their cows are happy and healthy. We talked to the people that look after the cows and their fresh green grazing pastures and the folks at Norco who handle the delicious healthy fresh dairy product that goes into each and every batch of our ice cream.
We learned a lot about dairy cows that we didn’t know before (hey, you can’t know it all!) – like A2 cows give softer milk because they’re softer cows. In fact they are probably the original type of dairy cow, but because they’re softer they’re (obviously) not as hardy. That’s why the majority of dairy cows aren’t A2 – built for harsh Aussie conditions.
Norco is the last true co-operative of farmers, started in 1895 in Bryon Bay. Each farmer in the co-op has a say in how it’s run. Here’s Greg, whose cows we visited – he’s the chairman of Norco. His farm (and handsome homestead) have been in his family for four generations. Greg’s vision of a sustainable and balanced approach to dairy farming was inspiring, and his explanation of the complexities of farm life was an education!
Just going out into the paddocks and meeting his happy cows made sense as to why our ice cream tastes so good! In turn, Greg appreciated meeting us and finding out about what we do. It was a great opportunity to walk the path from paddock to plate.
It’s important to us to know where our ingredients come from, not only so we can make informed choices about what goes into our ice cream but so we can also share that story with you. Take the time to find out where you food comes from – the story is worth knowing.