VDL is committed to sustainability. Along with careful management of the environment, we continually invest in best practice pasture maintenance and animal welfare, to ensure the ongoing health and integrity of our dairy cows. We also invest in renewable energy: the centrepiece of VDL Farms is the historic Woolnorth Station, home to the Roaring 40’s Wind Farm and a disease-free refuge for the endangered Tasmanian Devil.
Producing the purest, highest quality milk is at the very heart of our business. VDL Farms aims to maintain the highest standards in milk quality and minimise the environmental footprint of our dairying.
Most of our farms have low total somatic cell counts (one internationally accepted measure of quality) when compared to the rest of Australia, New Zealand and Europe. We insist on good hygiene practices when milking by teat spraying all cows at every milking, the use of milking gloves, dry cow therapy at drying off and regular herd testing. Our staff undergo regular training to maintain the highest standards and improve quality.
All our dairies comply with the Tasmanian Code of Practice for Dairy Food Safety, which sets the minimum mandatory standards for the production, manufacture, processing, storage and transport of milk and dairy products to safeguard public health.
VAN Milk and milk products are pure, 100% goodness. Every pure drop is packed full of important vitamins and nutrients that the body needs to stay strong, vital and healthy. It’s all thanks to our happy cows that spend their days in a pristine environment, with endless pastures of lush meadows and grasslands, and clean rain and clear air straight from the prevailing southern winds. All our production processes are pure, too – we produce milk organically and sustainably, without additives, antibiotics, pesticides or growth hormones.
Clean, green, safe and pure. VAN Milk is completely natural – because you can’t improve on nature!
At VAN Milk, the health and safety of our employees is our number one priority. The producers of VAN Milk aim to ensure each of our workers is provided with a safe and healthy place in which to work and that our work practices will not compromise the health or safety of others present at the workplace such as contractors, visitors or other non‐employees.
There are four principles that underpin our Work Health and Safety philosophy:
- Creating safer workplaces
- Prevention of injury and illness
- Have appropriate space and shelter from weather extremes
- Prevention of property damage
- Reduction in time lost due to injury