The Organic Dairy Farmers Co-operative has established a significant platform for ‘certified’ organic dairy products under their own “True Organic” brand. In last year’s financial year (2008/2009) the co-op saw more than 100 per cent increase in sales for its True Organic cheese products and expects this to double again this year.
Based in Warragul, the Co-operative’s members are predominantly Victorian based, with most of their value-added products manufactured in Victoria. Its ‘”True Organic” dairy products are readily available in Woolworths and Coles and a significant number of independent grocery stores throughout Australia. It has nine products on the market including organic butter, cheese (Cheddar, Edam, Gouda, Brie, Mozzarella, Pecorino) and long-life milk. And the list will increase in time to give consumers more choice.
With more than 20 organic farmer members, the co-operative hopes to see as many conventional farmers embrace “certified” organic farming as it is important to not only produce what we need now but to protect the environment into the future. The co-op’s organic farms do not use genetically modified plants or animals, prohibit the use of pesticides and optimise cow health by using a holistic approach to their grazing, breeding, rearing and nutrition without the routine use of antibiotics or hormones.