VDL move big boost to state’s or­ganic dairy­ing

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

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

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