Transparency has always been high on the agenda at WA's Bannister Downs, a family-run dairy. Owned and operated by the Daubney family, Banister Downs prides itself on its ethical and traditional farming practices and natural product. "We are dairy farmers because we are passionate about raising healthy cows," Sue Daubney says.
And the milk is as natural and fresh as it comes.
"When Bannister Downs milk leaves our property in the truck every afternoon, it is only hours after it has been freshly milked from the cow that same morning," she says.
In line with the business' commitment to providing sustainable, natural product, the dairy is the first in Australia to use the cutting-edge Ecolean packaging. The lightweight packaging collapses to completely flat after the product is emptied, it breaks down after two years and it's made using a minimal amount of raw material - which equals energy saved during production, transport and waste handling.
Sue says that because her products are natural and packaged sustainably, there's sometimes variations in how they behave.
"When we talk about the best produce, we think about what we want our children to be eating. We look to avoid things like colours, preservatives, stabilisers, thickeners, gelatine or any additives whatsoever.
"So sometimes our produce doesn't behave how people might expect it to. If you buy our cream, it may have a skin on it that will thicken over time and that's because it is cream fresh from a cow and that's how real cream behaves."
To read more about Bannister Downs' farming practices, available products and the fantastic eco-friendly packaging, visit the Bannister Downs website here.
There's a fantastic FAQ section that is well worth a read.