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Frank O'Toole
Your milk has outstanding flavour. Finally I have found a milk brand that is reminiscent of my childhood and well worth drinking. It never lasts long enough in my house!

Thank you.
14/10/2016 2:50:41 AM
Cally Jackson
Hi there. I'm not sure why Barambah haven't responded to your questions about the calves, but they do detail their (kind) approach on this page: http://www.barambahorganics.com.au/about-barambah/on-the-farm
5/09/2016 1:02:40 PM
Fiona Brown
Hi, I also would like to know whether you are sending calves to slaughter and the fate of older milkers. Animal welfare is paramount to my choices and some of your competitors do not slaughter their calves. If this question is ignored as others have been I will assume that you are killing the calves.
13/08/2016 1:45:09 PM
Marcia
Hello, nice that you have embraced such a nice approach to dairy! I'm wondering what happens to the calves that don'y go onto join the milk herds? Also, how long do your cows live on average?
13/06/2016 7:17:55 PM
Ian Campbell
Our cows diet is approximately 80% grass and 20% mixed grains and Lucerne hay.
15/04/2016 1:50:29 PM
Gina
Hello, like Natalie, I too would like to know the percentage the cows feed from grass and grain. Also want to know the answer to Jai's question.
15/04/2016 12:59:49 PM
Natalie Selway
Hello. Wonderful website with lots of great information. I was wondering what proportion of the cows diet is from grass and what proportion from grain? Thanking you in advance
26/02/2016 4:14:46 PM
Natalie Selway
Hello. Wonderful website with lots of great information. I was wondering what proportion of the cows diet is from grass and what proportion from grain? Thanking you in advance
26/02/2016 4:14:19 PM
Jai
Hi there,
I wished to enquire about the lifestyle and future of the cows in your herds. 1. What happens to the cows when their production is below profitable? i.e. Do they live out the rest of their lives in your fields or are they sold on for beef? 2. What happens to the cows that give birth and to the birthed calves?

Thank you,
Jai
25/02/2016 12:32:25 PM
Ian Campbell
Hi Nia, thank you for your question. Our two herds have not been tested for the A2 protein. In order to verify a herd is "A2" a genetic test of a number of hairs from a cow's tail needs to be analysed. This test is said to cost around $50 a cow. We have approximately 650 cows across our two herds.
For the last 14 years we have focused on ensuring that our soil health is balanced and that we are growing highly nutritious feed in a pristine environment. We do not use any tick spray as we are in a tick free zone. Our milk contains high levels of nutrients and vitamins. We recently conducted an Omega 3 test on our milk and on two other conventional brands and our milk contained twice as much Omega 3. I hope this helps. Have you tried our Lactose Free Milk? That might suit your allergies.
9/02/2016 12:46:04 PM
Nia
Hi
Would you class your milk as A2. Looking for milk with less Cassein and believe A2 maybe.....I have allergies and want to make a 24 hr fermented yoghurt.
Thanks
Nia
30/01/2016 9:07:01 PM
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A Cow’s Diet Helps Make Organic Milk Taste Better

Our milk is both more nutritious and tastes better than conventional milk

Cows that are fed a balanced diet with all their required nutrients produce award winning, great tasting milk, that is good for you. Our milk is higher in protein and has higher omega three and better ratios than conventional milk. Every input into the farm is organic, from organic grain and pastures, to natural remedies for the cow, in order to ensure that the milk is of the highest quality and taste. 
A Cows Diet Helps Make Organic Milk Taste Better

Taste the difference

The key to the taste of our dairy products is a cow’s diet - what cows eat is a big factor on milk quality and on human health.  There are also many factors which alter the composition of their milk.

Fibre

If the feed is very fibrous then the cows produce a lot more cream. This happens particularly in the summer months because the cows graze sub-tropical grasses and legumes that are notoriously high in fibre and lower in energy and protein (which in turn affects production with the average cow producing as much as 20 litres less per day). The milk from this type of pasture is often sweeter and creamier than the milk produced in winter. 

If the cows don’t get enough fibre then they will stop ruminating or chewing the cud. This is what can happen in summer during really hot weather as the cows elect not to eat fibrous feeds because they know that fibrous feeds will heat them up. We allow our cows to go to trees as soon as they want to in summer to avoid this heat stress situation. During these times our cows are going to the trees at 9:00 in the morning and don’t emerge until 3pm in time for milking. They consequently spend most of the night grazing. 

Energy 

If the cows don’t get enough energy but enough protein then they will lose weight. This will also increase the fat percentage of the milk and therefore the milk will be creamier. We supplement our cows with grain in the dairy so that they maintain their body condition. If cows are losing weight the protein percentage of the milk will be lower. 

Our protein percentage is about 3.5%, which is very high compared to other herds on conventional farms, who are on average around 3%. 

Protein 

If the cows don’t have adequate protein fed to them then the cows will fatten and the protein percentage will go up but the milk yield will go down. Too much protein in the grass however is not good for the cows. This is what happens when conventional farmers fertilise with urea and nitrogenous fertiliser the excess protein gets converted to ammonia in the rumen which kills some of the bacteria. This makes the cows feel sick so they stop eating and lie down. Milk from these cows has a high milk urea nitrogen value which can have a strong effect on the taste quality. Being organic, we do not use these type of fertilisers and our cows are allowed to graze on a mixed pasture of grasses and legumes which allows them to balance their own rations.

I hope this helps give a little bit more of an insight into our cow’s diets. I will try and answer any questions you have, so feel free to share them below or get in touch with us via facebook.

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