dairy farmers co-op
The Organic Dairy Farmers Co-op (ODFA) is a small group of dairy farmers spread around Victoria who got together because they believe organic is the way to go!
The ODFA is all about family farms, healthy soil and happy cows, which makes for remarkable milk. And we agree that the milk makes remarkable yoghurt too!
On average, we order between 60-70,000 litres of organic milk per week from the ODFA and this fresh organic milk is delivered daily.
ODFA have chosen to farm organically so that they can create conditions that are better for the environment, better for animals, and better for consumers. Ensuring the welfare of their cows and calves is at the heart of their organic philosophy. Basically, we don’t feed our cows anything that we wouldn’t be willing to give ourselves and our kids.
These traditional remedies help to keep our cows healthy the natural way. All farmers are certified by a nationally accredited organic certifying body called NASAA. According to the NASAA Standard, organic dairy cows must have access to pasture and must not be confined to housing or feed-lotted. The calves are hand fed and not neglected or abandoned.
To reflect the very high importance the ODFA put on animal welfare, they’ve gone a step further, and set their own minimum standards for the handling and treatment of bobby calves born on our farms. According to our ODFA Standard, calves are born naturally at full term with strength and vigour to suckle the colostrum that confers the natural immunity to become healthy, resilient animals. The baby calves are housed in a warm, clean environment with constant access to food and water.
the story of five:am yoghurt
To watch ‘The story of five:am yoghurt’, as told by our farmer friends Peter & Wendy Wallace, click the play button.