Farm Partners

Our Farm Partners

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 Samantha Martin, Ben McHugh, Jake Connor and Perrin Hicks 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.

SAMANTHA MARTIN | MYPONGA

 

The Martin family have been dairy farming for almost 100 years at Myponga. Samantha farms with her parents Craig and Gayle as well as her brother-in-law Rudy Franceschinel, milking 230 Holsteins across 400 hectares.

“A strong price and a strong vision from La Casa gives us confidence to invest in our business.” – Samantha Martin

BEN MCHUGH | MOUNT COMPASS

 

The McHugh’s have farmed at Mount Compass since 1938, with the first Jersey cow milked on the property in 1941.

 

Now run by the third generation of the family, the farm continues to grow and explore cutting edge technology thanks to a long-term relationship with their milk processor, La Casa Del Formaggio, which is backed by a strong milk price.

PERRIN HICKS | HICKS JACOBS DAIRY
PERRIN HICKS | HICKS JACOBS DAIRY

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

CONNORS | NANGKITA DAIRIES
CONNORS | NANGKITA DAIRIES

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

BARTLETTS | BARTLETT FARM
BARTLETTS | BARTLETT FARM

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

GAVIN NEWMAN | NEWLYN PARK
GAVIN NEWMAN | NEWLYN PARK

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

SPONSORSHIPS

We value the hard work and dedication of our farming community. We are proud sponsors of:

MILK SUPPLY AGREEMENTS

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:

Wayne Lyons
Farm Services
0409 400 490
[email protected]

Ty Maidment
Farm Services
0413 126 073
[email protected]

Dean Burgess
Quality Assurance Manager
(08) 8178 9823
[email protected]

Statement of Circumstances – 2024/2025

La Casa Del Formaggio will enter into an Exclusive or Non Exclusive Milk Agreement with Dairy Farmers who comply with the following circumstances.

MILK CATCHMENT AREA

A dairy farm located within a 150km of the La Casa Del Formaggio processing factory in Edinburgh, South Australia.

CIRCUMSTANCES

  • Holds a current Dairy Licence.
  • Can demonstrate compliance with legislation in relation to milk production.
  • Can demonstrate compliance with the quality standards outlined in the La Casa Del Formaggio Milk Management Policy which forms part of the Milk Supply Agreement.
  • Can demonstrate a commitment to work health and safety.
  • Is able to provide safe and efficient tanker access.
  • Has the capacity to supply an annual volume greater than 1,000,000 litres.
  • Has the ability to supply milk below 250,000 somatic cells count and 10,000 total plate count.
  • Has the capacity to supply a minimum milk collection of 2,000 litres per pickup (skip a day).
  • At the time the farmer offers to enter into the agreement, La Casa Del Formaggio has not already entered into sufficient milk supply agreements to meet its demand for milk.

ARCHIVED DOCUMENTS (2023/2024)