Back in the 1980’s when our children were young, the milk in Cooktown was supplied by a local dairy farm which had a herd of cows which were certified TB free
It was unpastuerised and unhomogenised and had a thick layer of cream at the top of the bottles.
It was delicious but then Malanda Milk (Dairy Farmers) bought the operation and shut it down so that Cooktown then got the same pastuerised, homogenised milk that all of North Qld received.
When we lived in Herberton when I was young, my grandmother would leave an aluminium saucepan at the bottom of the front stairs with coins for the number of pints she wanted.
The milkman arrived early in the morning, and when we got up, the saucepan would be covered in condensation. The milk was not pastuerised or homonogised.
Whilst I was going to school in Cairns, Dairy Farmers started homogenising their already pastuerised milk, claiming it made it more convenient fot consumers.
The consumers responded by claiming that Malanda Milk was skimming the cream off, and what they were now selling was what was formerly used to feed pigs.