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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 full­cream, 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

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