Or­ganic milk a tasty favourite

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REX­INE HAWES

When your prod­uct is sold as fresh as it is made by na­ture, it doesn’t get any bet­ter.

And that’s what the di­rec­tors of Mata­mata com­pany Jersey Girl Or­gan­ics pride them­selves on.

‘‘It’s milk as cows make it,’’ says one of the com­pany di­rec­tors Liz MacKay.

The busi­ness has been sup­ply­ing or­ganic milk to the mar­ket for three years and the prod­uct has proven it­self to be among the best.

It is a fi­nal­ist in the dairy sec­tor of the Life and Leisure Out­stand­ing New Zealand Food Pro­duc­ers Awards, 2017.

The farm and Jersey Girl Or­gan­ics busi­ness is a fam­ily af­fair. A Vosper has owned and lived on on the Hin­uera Rd farm for over 100 years.

The 80ha farm has 270 A2 jersey cows and has been op­er­at­ing as an or­ganic dairy farm for over 14 years.

John Vosper and wife Liz are both com­pany di­rec­tors, along with their son Michael, and John’s sis­ter Mary Vosper.

John’s par­ents Ron and Mar­cia Vosper, and Ron’s brother and sis­ter-in-law Beth and Mau­rice Vosper live on the prop­erty, as well as John’s cousin Clare Kra­nen­berg and her hus­band Ja­son.

Liz says they dis­cov­ered their milk had some­thing spe­cial - and some­thing they felt the con­sumer would en­joy.

‘‘We no­ticed the dif­fer­ence be­tween what we drink in win­ter (store milk), and what we have at home. It’s just not the same stuff.’’

Jersey Girl milk, avail­able in one and two-litre bot­tles, is pro­duced and bot­tled in a mini­fac­tory inside a ship­ping con­tainer on the farm.

The milk is heat-treated to Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­try stan­dards for re­tail sale.

In the early years they sold lo­cally from vend­ing ma­chines, and now it is sold as far away as Welling­ton, Auck­land, Waiheke and in var­i­ous Farm­ers Mar­kets.

Even though the Vospers know they are on to a good thing, Liz says win­ning ac­co­lades is a sur­prise.

‘‘It’s sur­real when you are farm­ers, just plod­ding along.

‘‘We are proud of our prod­uct. Be­cause it’s a good qual­ity prod­uct.

‘‘For peo­ple higher up than us in the food in­dus­try to say ‘it’s re­ally good’, is neat!

‘‘It’s all about man­ag­ing the farm.

‘‘And it’s beau­ti­ful, the cows are beau­ti­ful. It’s a whole process.’’

Jersey Girl Or­gan­ics direc­tor, Liz MacKay. The busi­ness is a fi­nal­ist in the Out­stand­ing NZ Food Pro­duc­ers Awards.

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