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Our Herds

The individual dairy breeds were specially selected for their suitability to climactic conditions, and for the volume and quality of their yield. Consisting of a mix of Friesian, Jerseys and Red Australian Illawarras; they combine to provide a milk product that is of excellent texture, exceptionally tasty, and packed with country goodness.


The majority, around 80%, of our herds are comprised of Friesians. These large, heavy cows with sharply defined black and white patches are a familiar site along the Australian countryside. Having been bred for some 2,000 years to produce quality milk, the cows average a higher yield than any other breed, along with a relatively low butterfat content. 


The smallest of the dairy breeds, the short-horned Jersey is widely accepted to be the most efficient at converting forage into milk. Originating from the English Channel, the breed is believed to be descendant from French cattle. Their colour is usually a shade of fawn or cream. The modern Jersey breed is unexcelled in dairy type.

Red Australian Illawarra

Red Australian Illawarra short horns are producers of large quantities of milk. Many cows produce in excess of 40 litres per day. The Illawarra was especially bred to take advantage of the region’s unique climatic conditions, but is now available in many other parts of Australia including overseas. Because this breed of cow yields milk that is high in protein but with moderate fat content, it is in an excellent position to take advantage of the needs of ‘health conscious’ consumers. 

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