VDL move big boost to state’s organic dairying
AUSTRALIA’S largest dairy farm plans to export organic products to China by mid-year.
Van Diemen’s Land Company, through sister company Van Dairy, is to start exports of its VAN Dairy-branded organic UHT milk and yoghurt by the end of June.
There have been roadblocks to planned weekly deliveries of fresh milk from Hobart to China, but the owner of VDL expects regulatory approvals from Chinese authorities in the weeks to come.
VDL, owned by Chinese company Moon Lake Investments, should soon receive Chinese organic farming certification for three of its 25 dairy farms.
Last year Moon Lake said it had planted more than 6000 native trees and shrubs to provide a buffer for three of its far North-West dairy farms, Robbins Dairy at Woolnorth, Poilinna at Edith Creek and Talawa at Trowutta. The three dairies will create a large-scale organic farm business of about 1650 cows on almost 790ha and double the annual production of organic milk in Tasmania to 7.5 million litres.
VAN Milk is now on shelves in Chinese stores.
Moon Lake Investments chairman Xianfeng Lu said VAN Milk’s growing brand and profile in China was good news.
“It’s great news for our farmers in Tasmania, our customers in China, and everyone in between who has worked to build this important link, bringing fresh, pure Tasmanian milk to the consumers who need and demand said.
Moon Lake managing director Sean Shwe said the road to organic certification was long and complex. “Thanks to our local team and some serious tree planting, full Chinese certification for VAN Dairy is progressing quickly,” he said. it,” Mr Lu