• Sustainability

  • Organic Farming and improved animal health have become two of the most significant topics in agriculture and the environment today. 

    Organic agriculture in dairy farming is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems, the animals, and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of heavy chemical inputs with all the known adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and to promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved – and for dairy operators, this translates into “Happy Cows” and a sustainable business.

    Organic milk products represent a business option for SSF that is based on emerging consumer trends in both domestic and export markets. The consumer demand for “clean – green” healthy foods is growing exponentially and demands a higher price than the normal chemically assisted food products.

    Since 1990, the world market for organic products has grown from nothing to $55 billion in 2009 according to Organic Monitor. This demand has driven a similar increase in organically managed farmland which has grown over the past decade at a compounding rate of 8.9% per annum. Approximately 37,000,000 hectares (91,000,000 acres) worldwide are now farmed organically, representing approximately 0.9 % of total world farmland (2009) (see Willer/Kilcher 2011). SSF plans to lead the way in organic dairy farm expansion in Australia through the acquisition of suitable dairy land and herds.