The Berry co-op, based in Shoalhaven, in southern NSW, and selling milk under the South Coast Dairy brand, has received Government funding of $131 000 under the Farming Together program.
The funding will be used to develop strategic, business and succession planning, as well as marketing.
General Manager Kara Duncan said the funding would help consolidate the co-op.
“I hope the funding will see us grow our product portfolio even more, grow our business and employ more people, while supporting the people who support us every day when they make the choice to buy a multi-award-winning, locally produced milk.”
Formed in 1911, the co-op last year installed processing equipment, and is now handling 2.5 m litres milk/year, assuring a fair farmgate price for
its six suppliers.
Its South Coast Dairy branded full-cream, light and skim milk is sold across the South Coast NSW, and as far afield as Orange, Wyong and Sydney.
Ms Duncan said the enterprise employs a total of 92 people on the co-op’s farms, processing lines and logistics.
The Farming Together program is a two-year, $13.8 m initiative from the Australian Government designed to help agricultural groups value-add, secure premium pricing, scale-up production, attract capital investment, earn new markets or secure lower input costs.
The program recently launched a free online co-op builder for groups considering forming themselves into these tax-effective structures.
The DIY template is available at www.farmingtogether.com.au