Lactanz Dairies, announced their plans during the week, as reported by abc Australia.
The company say they wish to triple their milk production over the next three years. The idea is to increase their current base of 15-20 million litres by over 270%. They plan to do this by increasing the number of cows milked from it's current level of 4,500 per annum.
The announcement comes four years after the company went into receivership as a result of debt totalling $21million. This issue was solved as a European consortium of investors and the Australian Agribusiness Group (AAG) purchased the company for a cool $30 million fee.
The announcement has not been met with positive reactions on all fronts, with some of the smaller milk producers highlighting their concerns. At a recent discussion held at the recent Western Australian dairy farmers conference, the contract issue involving Brownes (processor) was also highlighted. It was reported that contracts made by the processor contained clauses which penalized farmers for the under supply of milk. There were calls made for this clause to be removed at the conference.
The news of the increase milk production was welcomed by the WA farmers dairy section president, Mr. Michael Partridge, who says everyone can be apart of the growth to hit the sector providing they keep in line with their respective processors.
In other news one of Western Australia's top egg producers, Snowdale holdings, have been fined a massive $750,000 for the false labelling of their products.
The company were fined after they packaged non free range eggs as free range, when no hens ever left the barn.
The company denied any wrongdoing but were found guilty by Federal courts, as reported by abc.net. This was deemed after an investigation was carried out and found that no chickens from two of the companies farms were free range.