Ashgrove's approach to production is pure philosophy

IDEAL LOCATION: Ashgrove's cows graze on the region's lush, nutrition-packed pastures ensuring every drop of milk is distinctly flavoured and perfectly balanced for their dairy products. Picture: Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett

IDEAL LOCATION: Ashgrove's cows graze on the region's lush, nutrition-packed pastures ensuring every drop of milk is distinctly flavoured and perfectly balanced for their dairy products. Picture: Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett

Ashgrove's six farms and four dairies embrace the extraordinary to create produce which is simultaneously iconic and trailblazing.

From enviable locations adjacent to world heritage-listed wilderness, sitting pretty on the banks of rivers or between towering bluffs, all Ashgrove farms are exceptionally fertile thanks to their 41° latitude™ and management practices.

Tasmania's cool, temperate climate nurtures slow-growing grasses, and Ashgrove cows graze these lush, nutrition-packed pastures, the expansive spaces ensuring every drop of milk is flavoured with the region's bounty - the world's freshest air, cleanest water and most fertile soil.

There is a deep connection with the land and farms are managed with respect for the soil, pastures, trees, wildlife and waterways.

This localised approach keeps food miles low, so low they can in fact, be measured in metres.

There is also a strong, abiding regard for the family herds and there is an implicit understanding that their wellbeing must and should be a constant focus.

As part of this devotion, the Ashgrove team never docks tails or dehorns and, as the first dairy company in Australia to cross poll, a naturally occurring 'hornless' breed, makes the process entirely unnecessary.

Herds birth naturally and the company has embraced a milking schedule that supports mother and calf.

All calves born on Ashgrove farms are hand-reared, avoiding the 'bobby calf' industry.

Male calves are kept on the farm and reared for the local beef market while female calves are eventually introduced into the Ashgrove Farm milking herd.

Ultimately, it is this constant quest for innovation and improvement through harmony with the land and the animals that has created the foundation upon which Ashgrove's unique taste of Tasmania is built.

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