We source our milk fresh from our partners The Home Farm, a family farm established almost 100 years ago by the Troughtons who have the road named after them. This land passed down by multiple generations is where now Ben and Sarah Troughton have taken the reins. The two now guide it on a sustainable direction of diverse principles through ethical, eco-friendly, biological and sustainable farming methods. A low intensity farm which puts the well being of the animals first, in the current trending climate the property could hold twice the head of stock. The Home Farm chooses a different approach with the future and preservation of the environment in mind, taking a path of quality over quantity, Kōwhai Creamery believes this is where medals are made.
In the current climate of dairy presence in the media for all the wrong reasons, The Home Farm is a shining light of New Zealand farming, bringing back the goodness and wholesome side of agriculture, taking it back to the generation of our grandparents’ time, a time of honesty, love of the land and the animals that walk upon it. From the past they take their ethic, but for the future they steer their methods for the better.
Majority of what the cows eat is grown on the property or 100% local, meaning they are proudly palm kernel (PKE) free. Fed on a variety of planted grasses and herbs, and a subsidy of crops, shaded by trees when wanted - it’s fair to say the cattle are well looked after and receive all that is needed for a well balanced life. Milked only once a day means less pressure, maintaining a healthier herd all round. The herd is split across autumn and spring calving, meaning the property produces a continuous supply of consistency and quality all year around.
The Home Farm with it’s tracking and observation methods has proudly the most traced milk in New Zealand. The property is a leading example of dairy farming and their efforts don’t go unnoticed, with four stations set up by the University of Waikato for research and development, the soil carbon is studied for the future of New Zealand farming practice. These stations test green house gases with on testing nitrous oxide in the soil, being the only one in the Southern Hemisphere implemented on a dairy property also making it the most, or one of the most monitored farms in the world with respects to green house gases. This is an important factor in retaining nutrient quality soil, the base substance of quality grass growth which is the key ingredient for better milk, and better milk means better Gelato.
“WE BOUGHT THE HERD FROM MY PARENTS, MY DAD BOUGHT THE HERD FROM HIS. IT’S ALMOST BEEN 100 YEARS”
- Ben Troughton / Kōwhai Creamery / The Home Farm
ABOVE: This is Victor Troughton (right) who Troughton Road was named after. Here he is circa 1950 with his fine Jerseys in his walk in shed. This bloodline continues to this day and produces the essential ingredient in our fine Gelato. The previous generation do say “it was a lot harder in my day”, and the proof is in this picture.
Gelato comes from milk, the milk is from cows, cows eat grass and that grass is grown from soil - this is why The Home Farm believes and invests in the land. The land is not just for us now, it is for our children and their children's children, this is why we must care and protect nutrients at ground level. It is water and soil that is the key to our future, as with out that there would be no Gelato.
- Louis Schipper / University of Waikato.
The Home Farm have a current study together with the University of Waikato to try and make a difference. Watch below about the most traced milk in New Zealand and how we can try to work towards a healthier cleaner country, whilst still enjoying delicious dairy products due to sustainable and ethical practices. Watch below on newsroom.co.nz
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