Premium quality milk is the foundation of our brand, and this starts by sourcing fresh milk from our partner New Zealand farms.
For our partner farms, quality output comes from upholding industry leading practices which brings animal welfare and environmental responsibility to the forefront.
Our partners strive to run the most sustainable type of farms possible, constantly investigating new avenues to reduce their environmental impact and increase their sustainability. Our farms are very open with their farming practices, honesty, transparency and trust are key for their businesses, often opening their gates for farm tours.
From the sheltering facilities to animal nutrition, to staff selection to pasture care, it all revolves around ensuring the best possible environment for their goats. This in turn leads to happy, healthy goats, and the production of the best quality goat milk available.
To get into the nitty gritty, here’s a selection of practices
that make our partner farms top-notch:
The goats primary feed is fresh cut pasture. However, our farms go a step further and frequently test for the grass’ macro-nutrient composition, which can vary from season to season. If there are any deficiencies, they provide a tailored supplemented feed to ensure the heard is receiving optimal nutrition.
Our partner farms take nitrate leeching seriously, Oete Goat Farms environmental footprint for nitrogen loss was predicted to be only 18KgN/ha/yr1compared to an average Cow Dairysystem2 with a potential predicted nitrogen loss of 52KgN/ha/yr.
1 When modelled using Overseer FM® nutrient budgets Version 6.3.2 (188.8.131.52) for the 2018/19 production season.
2300 Dairy Cow system farming the same land, producing 105,000 milk solids/yr or 1024 milk solids/ha/yr.
Native forest replantation
As any large farming area, there are some areas which are not utilised. For these areas our partner farms plant native trees in order to mitigate their impact on the environment. One of our farms is implementing a 3-year plan to have over 5 hectares of regenerative native bush on the property.
The goats have access to beautiful sheltering areas which are warm, dry and shaded.
With a deep care for their animals in mind, if a goat gets sick and requires veterinary treatment antibiotics can be used for the animal’s health and welfare.
The goats will never go hungry, especially with the help of ‘feeding automation’ – machines that go up and down the rows ensuring the animals always have access to feed.
The human touch is not replaced! Our partner farms are not only the ideal place for goats, but also farm hands. Because of this, they don’t have a shortage of farm hands wanting to come work on their farms. The workers selected have an innate care for the wellbeing of animals, ensuring every goat is happy, cared for and well looked after.
One of our partner farms is fully solar powered. More than that, they are able to feed power back to the grid as they use less power than they generate.
RESPONSIBLE WATER USAGE
One of our partner farms uses soil moisture meters to inform them on when and how much they need to irrigate to ensure efficient water usage.
So not only do these practices benefit the environment, they also benefit the goats - if you don’t believe us go see for yourself, you won’t see an unhappy goat in sight!