[3 November/The Country]

Lewis Road Creamery, Westland Milk Products and Southern Pastures LP, New Zealand’s largest dairy farmland fund, are collaborating to introduce top shelf, grass fed milk butter to US markets. ‘Artisan’ is being produced by Westland in Hokitika and has been launched this month at premium stores in California and Texas. Southern Pastures Chair, Prem Mann, said the future of NZ dairy was in high value branded goods, not commodities and it is initiatives such as Artisan that will return the dollars to the farmers that they deserve for producing the best dairy products in the world. Having watched Irish producers capture premium markets for years they had decided to get off the sidelines and play their own game; Artisan is the first product from New Zealand Grass Fed Milk Products LP, a joint venture between Southern Pastures and Westland, and the product was developed specifically for Lewis Road (in which Southern Pastures has a 50% interest). NZGFMP only accepts milk that meets Westland’s 10 star premium standard which covers milk quality, animal welfare, human health issues, environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation.