Elena Swegen and family have started a very unique farming enterprise in the beautiful Myall Lakes. A buffalo dairy is not something you see every day, but the Swegen family are a forward-thinking, enterprising crew, and they’re also not afraid of hard work!

Worldwide, buffalo milk is the second most produced milk in the world after cow’s milk and contains 58% more calcium, 40% more protein and 43% less cholesterol than cow’s milk. Milk analyses shows higher contents of the natural antioxidant tocopherol, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and vitamin A, and lower levels of sodium and potassium.

The other important benefit of buffalo milk is a better ratio of 6:ω3 (lower amounts of omega 6 and higher amounts of omega 3 fatty acids) which, compared to cows’ milk, makes it more favourably balanced with regard to human nutrition. There are reports that approximately equal amounts of these two fats in the diet result in lower risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, allergies, obesity, diabetes, dementia, and some mental disorders.

Most people who tasted buffalo milk prefer it to sheep, goat and even Jersey milk – the taste is very clean and delicate, beautifully smooth and velvety. The colour of buffalo milk is distinctly white – that is due to yellow pigment, carotene, being more completely transformed to retinol (Vitamin A).

They will work towards implementing the best available farming practices at Burraduc and further developing the farm to promote the innovative technologies, environmentally friendly agriculture and traditional buffalo milk cheeses.

Their aim is first of all, to be able to offer top quality fresh dairy produce in the Great Lakes area. They really hope their organic buffalo dairy and farmstead cheese project can help preserve Burraduc’s rural legacy, while also maintaining and improving biodiversity and the natural environment.

Burraduc not only has lush pastures and a long rural history, but is also around the corner from the magnificent Myall Lake and boasts a healthy diversity of wildlife. Elena and family strongly believe in the farmers’ role in conservation; the natural environment is no less important for them than productivity.

To keep up with Burraduc Farms activities and progress visit: Burraduc Farm Facebook Page

Flannel Flower Story

A much loved Australian wild flower, that is an icon for the Myall Lakes region. The Flannel Flower grows in natural fields of bushland and is easily identified for the brilliant  white textured petals, and the soft green and grey foliage.

Emerging in Spring the Flannel flower is absolutely stunning in full bloom with large fields of white covering the landscape. There is nothing more unforgettable than walking through the field of flowers.

The Flannel Flower represents close relationships, intimacy and healing. The Flannel flower is also the symbol used for Aboriginal mental health foundation as this represents resilience, beauty and the ability to adapt.

Painted with love, this is a stunning painting that is even more brilliant to see close up, just like the flower.