Fresh quality milk is the primary ingredient for all our products. La Casa Del Formaggio source milk from the best dairy regions in South Australia.
Interested in becoming a milk partner? Watch the videos from Jake Connor, Nangkita Dairies and Perrin Hicks, Hicks-Jacobs Dairies on what it’s like to partner with La Casa Del Formaggio.
MEET THE DAIRY FARMERS
Our dairy farm partners are all family farms that hold similar values to our family business and have a reputation for high quality milk. Discover more about these farmers and their partnership with La Casa Del Formaggio.
Hicks-Jacobs Dairies are located in Mount Compass, Fleurieu Peninsula. The farm is run by Perrin and his wife Kelly and they have been supplying fresh local milk for our cheeses since 2014. Perrin Hicks’ passion for the South Australian dairy industry is almost unrivalled.
“La Casa is a growing family business, just like ours. Their encouragement for us to grow has been there right from the start and they have backed that up with a strong price.” Perrin Hicks
Michael and Jodie Connor with their son Jake and daughter Chelsea Donhardt, own Nangkita Dairies on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The business has been supplying milk to La Casa Del Formaggio for four years and the Connor family have been farming for 80 years.
“In all our time dairying, we’ve never had a secure milk price like we have now with La Casa. We were able to talk openly to La Casa about our plans for growth and investment, which they were fully supportive of.” Jake Connor
Kym and Kate Bartlett are 3rd generation Bartlett dairy farmers along the banks of the mighty Murray River. They purchased the family farm in 2003 from Paul and Kaye Bartlett, Kym’s parents. They have a daughter Tarsha and a son Jesse (pictured), who also works on the farm.
“As a La Casa supplier, their plans for growth gives our business stability. They believe in themselves and want to produce a quality product, which there is clearly a strong market for, and they need quality milk as much as we need a fair price to produce it.” Kate Bartlett
The Newmans – Gavin, his brother David and their families as well as their parents Ian and Elaine – have farmed at Prospect Hill, just south of Meadows in the Adelaide Hills, since 1959 and dairy farming has been a constant throughout that entire period.
“Just like us, La Casa is a South Australian-owned family business operating right here in SA. They are employing South Australians and processing South Australian milk.” Gavin Newman
We value the hard work and dedication of our farming community. We are proud sponsors of:
MILK SUPPLY AGREEMENTS
In 2014, our business made the decision to take control of our supply of our largest manufacturing input: milk. We sought to offer a different sourcing model than the traditional large corporation supply relationship that was most common at this time.
La Casa Del Formaggio values the hard work and effort of our dedicated dairy farmers, and the number of family farms that we work with continues to grow as our milk supply demands increase. We aim to build direct relationships with our farms and work as closely with our farmers as possible. La Casa Del Formaggio believes that for these partnerships to succeed, we must do three things:
1. Truly listen to our farmers issues and concerns
2. Deeply understand their culture and specific set of needs
3. Work together to achieve a balance that achieves stability and the best possible outcomes for both parties
La Casa Del Formaggio welcomes family farms that hold similar values to our family business, and those that have a reputation for high quality milk. We take pride that we have created a sense of community with our milk supplying families.
All of our milk partners are required to adhere to the La Casa Del Formaggio Quality Standards to ensure food safety, hygiene and quality parameters are achieved.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming one of our farms, please contact: