We encourage and support farmers to adopt good management practices and to continuously improve profitability, environmental efficiency and resilience. We have a set of policies and standards that support sustainable dairy farming. These include our Co-operative’s expectations for farmers when it comes to the environment, animal health and welfare, biosecurity, and food safety and quality. Our raw milk harvesting standard sets out the minimum quality for the raw milk that all farmers must meet. And it is the same standard across all markets we source milk from.
Within each country we operate, we have farmer engagement and support programmes. These allow us to build relationships with farmers, communicate our requirements with them, and to support them to improve their farming systems.
We tailor these programmes so they address each country’s specific farming issues which we also prioritise based on a number of factors, including community expectations and concerns.