Or­ganic milk farmer proud of prod­uct

Matamata Chronicle - - Conversations - ABBY BROWN

Although Jersey Girl Or­gan­ics gets a great price for their milk an or­ganic farm­ing sys­tem has ex­tra chal­lenges, Mary Vosper told a Mata­mata His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety meet­ing on May 25.

‘‘We can’t even use tanalised tim­ber for our fence posts,’’ she said.

In­stead they use wooden posts en­cased in plas­tic im­ported from Aus­tralia.

They also can not use syn­thetic fer­tilis­ers, in­stead opt­ing for com­posted chicken ma­nure.

Any cows that need to be treated

‘‘We can’t even use tanalised tim­ber for our fence posts.’’

with an­tibi­otics then have to be sold.

The farm, which sells milk to Fon­terra and from June 1, will re­ceive $9.20 per kilo­gram of milk­solids.

It’s a big change from 13 years ago when the farm con­verted to or­gan­ics and the or­ganic pre­mium was only 10 per cent.

Mary also made a big change in her life by de­cid­ing to leave teach­ing to help fam­ily mem­bers run the farm.

‘‘It was a big shock to be a sev­en­day-a-week worker with no school hol­i­days.’’

She is in charge of pas­teuris­ing the milk on-farm in a ‘‘pris­tine, Min­istry of Pri­mary In­dus­tries reg­u­lated fac­tory’’.

She also stocks the vend­ing ma­chines in Mata­mata, Tau­ranga and Mt Maun­ganui.

The com­pany also sell bot­tled milk to sev­eral New World su­per­mar­kets and farm­ers mar­kets, as well a chain of or­ganic stores in Welling­ton.

PHOTO: ABBY BROWN

Mary Vosper swapped teach­ing for pas­teuris­ing or­ganic milk.

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