Organic milk farmer proud of product
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.
Mary Vosper swapped teaching for pasteurising organic milk.