Aussie innovation makes raw milk safe to drink

In a claimed world first, an Australian company has developed a safe way for people to consume untreated milk without resorting to the use of heat pasteurisation or homogenisation, which can deplete milk’s natural nutrients.

Made By Cow uses a new method that focuses on herd management and hygienic milking practices from a single Jersey herd on NSW’s south coast, to produce a higher-quality milk. This is bottled straight from the cow within hours and put under intense water pressure, compressing both the bottle and milk inside it for several minutes. The pressure eliminates any remaining harmful bacteria, which the company claims is gentler on milk’s natural nutrients.

Untreated or raw milk previously has had to be heated to at least 72°C to destroy harmful bacteria, and is often subject to separation, homogenisation, recombining and standardisation before being bottled and sold.

“Other than our dairy farmers, our grandparents were probably the last people to taste milk the way it’s supposed to be, without heat pasteurisation, homogenisation and all the other processes that go into making standardised milk,” Made By Cow Founder Saxon Joye said.

“We’ve developed a revolutionary new method that allows people to drink delicious, creamy, wholesome, cold-pressed raw milk the way it’s supposed to be. Our milk contains more of milk’s natural goodness while still being 100 per cent safe from harmful bacteria, and we’re paying our farmers over 50 per cent more per litre than the major processors.”

The average Australian consumes about 105 litres of milk a year and roughly 9.7 billion litres of milk is produced in Australia annually.

Made By Cow will be available at all Harris Farm Markets, About Life stores and other fine-food stockists.