The SA Dairy Industry Fund Limited was officially formed in October 2014 to finance projects that directly benefit the South Australian dairy industry and its communities. It is managed by a small board, chaired by Mr Dennis Mutton, a well known figure in South Australian agriculture with vast experience in the research and development sector.
The organisation is funded by proceeds from the sale of SADA Fresh brand milk. The ground-breaking milk brand was launched by the South Australian Dairyfarmers’ Association (SADA) in October 2013 to help secure the future of the State’s dairy farmers and their industry. SADA was the first dairy industry association in Australia to launch its own brand, and the response from consumers has been overwhelming and sales continue to grow.
The overarching purpose of the SA Dairy Industry Fund is to finance innovative projects that directly benefit the South Australian dairy industry and its communities. We are interested in game-changing concepts that offer real value for money and genuine potential to improve the productivity, performance, business growth and diversity of the SA dairy industry, and any part of its supply chain.
We are particularly keen to receive applications that focus on supporting and encouraging local investment and value-adding, both in terms of new products and opening up new markets here in Australia and overseas. Projects that improve the capacity and resilience of dairy farmers and their communities to manage change and volatility are of interest, including projects that identify smart ways to reduce costs, lift production, soften the impact of dry seasons, and even diversify their enterprises to open up additional sources of revenue.