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PRICE POINT: Sue Daubney says the move by her family farm, Bannister Downs, into milk processing has helped it overcome lower farm-gate prices. Photo: Frances Andrijich

Dairy team takes cream with own processing

Eight years ago Sue and Mathew Daubney made a decision, which would partly shield them from Western Australia’s milk wars – they began processing their own milk.

The Daubney family had been dairy farming in the South West town of Northcliffe since 1924. But the deregulation of farm-gate milk prices in 2000 – and, subsequently, the price being paid by processors crashing, forced them to look at other options.

The decision was made to reduce the size of the herd, invest in building a processing facility, and embark on the journey to produce Bannister Downs milk as a specialty, high-quality alternative to the cheaper options in supermarkets.

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