TWO CLARENCE Valley dairy farmers have a plan to bring back bottled milk with the gold top and cream in the neck in the near future.

Jo and Rod Madden plan to expand their Big River Dairy at Lawrence into a bottling and milk packaging plant before the end of the year.

The pair, who have been dairying since 2008, said falling farm-gate prices, plus the floods in the past five years, have prompted the decision.

"When we started here we were getting 62 cents a litre, now our base prices is down around 45 cents a litre," said Mr Madden.

The bottling shed is under construction and the couple plan to begin production in the first week of August.

Mr Madden said the plan was to initially package pasteurised and homogenised milk into plastic containers as stage one of their plan.

"The second stage is to bottle pasteurised but not homogenised milk into reusable glass bottles for home delivery only," he said.

He said they aimed to reach around 2% of Clarence Valley households with their product.

Mr Madden said they had not fixed a price for their product yet, but it would be competitive with branded milk now available on shelves.

How to order

Big River Milk wants to hear from people who want milk home-delivered. To express your interest text 0402ORDERS (673377) with your details.

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