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More milk money for Fleurieu dairy farmers

Their milk can be found in delis, independent grocers and your daily cuppa…. Fleurieu Milk Company milks and yoghurts have been embraced by South Australians.

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Fleurieu Milk Company co-founder Geoff Hutchinson says things are looking up for the dairy industry as a whole. Pic Bryan Littlely

And that’s great as it’s been making a real difference for the farming families behind the brand.

As the Fleurieu Milk popularity grows, so too is the number of farms joining the family of the Myponga based operation which was started by dairy farmers Geoff Hutchinson and Barry Clarke, and their families, 15 years ago as a way of putting more milk money into the pockets of farmers.

The company will celebrate its 15th birthday in June and does it having grown to now take milk from nine farms on the Fleurieu.

Geoff  has echoed widespread industry comment that dairy farmers are experiencing good times following a tough five years.

"Certainly the season helps,'' he says.

"The flow back from that is the grain and hay prices have been lower this year and the milk prices are also up a bit.

"There have been a few things in the industry that have happened like the ACCC making milk companies announce their prices at the start of the year so farmers know where they're going and that's certainly of help as far as your farm gate price goes.

Geoff says while they are export accredited and do some business interstate, 95 per cent of Fleurieu Milk Company products are sold in South Australia in what is a great show of  local retailers and customers supporting local farming families.