No longer milk­ing it at the Bully

The Morning Bulletin - - YOUR SAY - MY SAY AN­DREW JEF­FER­SON Deputy Editor

HERE at Bully Cen­tral, we’ve made a mo­men­tous de­ci­sion.

No longer will we buy the cheap­est $2 milk on sale at the su­per­mar­ket for our morn­ing cuppa.

Last week we made the de­ci­sion to buy lo­cally sourced milk to as­sist strug­gling Queens­land dairy farm­ers.

A to­ken ges­ture some may say but hope­fully it will lead other lo­cal busi­nesses to follow suit.

We’ve com­mit­ted to pur­chas­ing Aus­tralian brands – such as Pauls – to en­sure our farm­ers are paid fairly for their work.

So how can you help?

Pay a few ex­tra cents for your milk each week.

Steer clear of home brand and su­per­mar­ket un­branded prod­ucts and buy Aus­tralian-pro­duced brand-named milk.

Su­per­mar­kets get their pri­vate la­bel milk from the same big pro­ces­sors that sell some of Aus­tralia’s best-known milk brands.

How­ever, those pro­ces­sors pay dairy farm­ers the same price for their prod­uct re­gard­less of where the milk goes – pri­vate la­bel milk or branded milk.

If you do buy your milk in a su­per­mar­ket, it can ben­e­fit farm­ers if it is “branded” milk – e.g. Devon­dale is a Mur­ray Goul­burn brand while Pauls is Aus­tralian-pro­duced milk from Queens­land owned by the Ital­ian Par­malat com­pany.

Dairy Farm­ers, Pura and The Com­plete Dairy are also Aus­tralian milk brands owned by the global food gi­ant Lion. An­chor is a Fon­terra brand. In Aus­tralian su­per­mar­kets, all those brands are Aus­tralian milk.

It’s a com­plex pic­ture, but you DO have a choice.

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