Raw milk in Canberra?

Bundah_Bloke 22 August 2013 39

Where can I buy raw milk in Canberra?


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laraeddy laraeddy 10:37 am 22 Aug 13

Hi, Bundah_Bloke

I think the short answer is that you can’t buy raw milk directly/retail because legally farmers/retaillers can’t sell it to you.

But there may be an option to ‘herdshare’ where basically you buy a share in a cow and have the farmer look after it, milk it and provide you with an agreed share of the milk.

Bit like syndicating a racehorse – except the cow probably runs faster.

You might want to contact Slow Food here in Canberra (check out http://slowfoodcanberra.com/) and see if there are any herdshares that take Canberra-based ‘owners’.

DrKoresh DrKoresh 10:41 am 22 Aug 13

It’s a bad idea, don’t do it.

Dilandach Dilandach 10:59 am 22 Aug 13

Does it have to be cow milk?

Cats have nipples.

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 10:59 am 22 Aug 13

DrKoresh said :

It’s a bad idea, don’t do it.

DrKoresh said :

It’s a bad idea, don’t do it.

Why not? All the best cheeses are made with raw milk.

DrKoresh DrKoresh 11:10 am 22 Aug 13

Ben_Dover said :

DrKoresh said :

It’s a bad idea, don’t do it.

DrKoresh said :

It’s a bad idea, don’t do it.

Why not? All the best cheeses are made with raw milk.

Fine, let’s add the caveat of “Unless you’re planning to make cheese.”

    johnboy johnboy 11:12 am 22 Aug 13

    *Some* of the best cheese makers don’t use raw milk either and reckon its benefits are mythical.

    That the oldest cheesemakers in the world aren’t very modern in their methods should be no surprise.

Spitfire3 Spitfire3 12:26 pm 22 Aug 13

Where can I buy some bovine tuberculosis suspension in Canberra?

Blen_Carmichael Blen_Carmichael 12:28 pm 22 Aug 13

johnboy said :

*Some* of the best cheese makers don’t use raw milk either and reckon its benefits are mythical.

That the oldest cheesemakers in the world aren’t very modern in their methods should be no surprise.

This also applies to any manufacturer of dairy products.

Amanda Hugankis Amanda Hugankis 12:29 pm 22 Aug 13

You can’t buy raw milk to drink.

But at Mountain Creek (Griffith shops) you can buy it to bathe in – I believe its called ‘Cleopatra’s Milk’. Its sold in 2 litre bottles 😉

BimboGeek BimboGeek 12:42 pm 22 Aug 13

If you want to go on a raw food diet you’re going to want to be vegan.

Raw milk is good for you if it’s raw almond milk. You soak the almonds in water overnight then blend them in the food processor for a long time.

Why on earth do you want to buy unpasteurised milk? Who told you it was a good idea? What do you think you are missing out on? Would you like to read about the public health outcomes from the invention of the pasteurisation process and tell us that it is a bad thing?

jh72 jh72 1:05 pm 22 Aug 13

this was always going to cause you backlash OP.

However, as mentioned you can get cleopatras bathing milk at mountain creek whole foods in Griffith. This is advertised as bathing milk however the farmers is quite explicit in saying that it is fgood grade. Jersey cows down in SA from memory. This place also stocks two different brands of unpasteurised raw goats milk (one from Nimbin, i don’t recall the other) and a few pasteurised but unhomogenised options. They are quite popular and normally don’t manage to stay in stock for 7 days, from memory, the cleopatras comes in on a tuesday and you will be lucky to find any left by friday. but things may have changed.

The farmers markets also has a dairy farmer who sells unhomogenised grass fed cows milk but it is pasteurised. I have never found a formal herdshare option in Canberra region so far.

Watson Watson 1:18 pm 22 Aug 13

Has anyone ever tried milk fresh from a cow? If not, you have not tasted real milk.

Now there is no way I would drink unpasteurised milk from a bottle. I’d only drink it just after milking, still warm. Ah, memories…

tuco tuco 1:33 pm 22 Aug 13

Hmmm. Having lived and worked on several dairy farms across Australia, I prefer pasteurized milk for several food safety-related reasons.

In other news, does the OP ever eat Brazilian food up Dickson way?

Lazy I Lazy I 2:21 pm 22 Aug 13

As mentioned, you need to track down ‘bath milk’ as it can’t be sold unpasteurised for human consumption.

Cleopatra is one well known brand, Wallan Vale Dairy is another (wallanvaledairy.com)

I drink about half a litre of raw milk a day and it hasn’t killed me yet /anecdote

p1 p1 2:28 pm 22 Aug 13

jh72 said :

This is advertised as bathing milk however the farmers is quite explicit in saying that it is fgood grade.

By definition (in this country at least), it isn’t food grade because it isn’t pasteurised.

JazzyJess JazzyJess 3:59 pm 22 Aug 13

I used to buy the goat’s milk from Mountain Creek. It’s mighty tasty but a bit on the expensive side. It’s meant to be more nutritious than cow’s milk. No idea how legit that is.

EvanJames EvanJames 4:38 pm 22 Aug 13

Watson said :

Has anyone ever tried milk fresh from a cow? If not, you have not tasted real milk.

Grew up on it. If the cow had just had a calf, the milk was almost orange, and we often got it still foamy and warm from milking (which was done by hand). It was pretty good.

laraeddy laraeddy 4:40 pm 22 Aug 13

Spitfire3 said :

“Where can I buy some bovine tuberculosis suspension in Canberra?”

Can’t claim personal knowledge of the science about this – and have no particular ‘beef’ (sorry) about raw milk – but figure if the OP wants to give it a go …

However, factual error does get me a bit concerned. And if the Dept of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries reckon that Australia has been bovine tuberculosis free since 1997
(http://www.daff.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/2182866/tb-28feb12.pdf), then I’m good to go with that.

(and sorry, I know the convention here is to make poster names yellow and italicise quotes – but whichever way I hold my tongue, I can’t seem to make it happen !)

muntychops muntychops 4:54 pm 22 Aug 13

Watson said :

Has anyone ever tried milk fresh from a cow? If not, you have not tasted real milk.

Now there is no way I would drink unpasteurised milk from a bottle. I’d only drink it just after milking, still warm. Ah, memories…

My Great Pop ran a dairy, we used to lay under the cows as little kids and drink. Beats the white water you can buy from the supermarket these days

Roundhead89 Roundhead89 4:57 pm 22 Aug 13

Did you know you can get milk from bulls? The small town named Bulls on the North Island of New Zealand has a supermarket which sells milk 🙂

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 4:59 pm 22 Aug 13

johnboy said :

*Some* of the best cheese makers don’t use raw milk either and reckon its benefits are mythical.

That the oldest cheesemakers in the world aren’t very modern in their methods should be no surprise.

Many, most even, of the finest European cheeses are made with raw milk. Aussie cheese just don’t compare.

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