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BURRA Foods of Korumburra will of-
ficially be majority owned by a Chinese
On Friday, the Foreign Investment Review
Board (FIRB) provided Burra Foods with written
notice there were no objections to the proposed
change in shareholding under which leading inter-
national dairy farming company, Inner Mongolia
Fuyuan Farming Co Ltd (Fuyuan), would take a
Fuyuan is owned by several investors, with the
largest shareholder being China Mengniu Dairy
Co Ltd (Mengniu), a company listed on the Hong
Kong Stock Exchange, which manufactures and
distributes dairy products throughout China.
Mengniu is also Fuyuan’s largest customer for
the milk production from its 14 dairy farms.
Burra Foods said Fuyuan’s interest would give
Burra Foods unparalleled access to the world’s
largest and fastest growing dairy market, in addi-
tion to improved access to capital to fund expan-
Existing shareholders including Burra Foods’
founder, Grant Crothers and international trader,
ITOCHU Corporation have maintained a com-
bined 21 per cent interest in the company, with
Mr Crothers continuing in his role as managing
“We are pleased the Foreign Investment Re-
view Board has approved the new shareholder
structure of Burra Foods, one that will provide
vastly improved access to the world’s fast grow-
ing and most dynamic market,” he said.
“We have always focused on higher value milk
ingredient products and we see a variety of op-
portunities for our existing milk powder range in
addition to new products.
“International dairy markets are notoriously
volatile of which we have seen the worst in recent
times and this new structure provides more op-
portunity for low risk growth up the value chain
while gaining access to additional capital.”
Mr Crothers said business would continue as
“The new structure enhances the future for our
loyal milk supply partners, provides ongoing em-
ployment for our dedicated staff, while ensuring
increased and stable supply to our existing cus-
tomers whether they are located in Australia, Ja-
pan, China or other parts of the world,” he said.
He paid tribute to loyal farmers and customers.
“This injection of capital provides us the scope
to meet the ongoing market demand for premium
dairy based ingredient products, including nutri-
tional milk powders, and move up the value chain
while minimising the risks associated with pen-
etrating volatile international markets,” Mr Croth-
Chinese investment in
Burra Foods approved
CALF rearing is an area where farmers
can always improve their skills.
A Young Dairy Network evening in Fish
Creek next week will have an in-depth look at is-
sues surrounding the raisingof healthy calves.
YDN Gippsland coordinator Irene Baker said
the evening would prove beneficial for any farm-
er trying to maximise their success rates during a
“We have Leongatha vet Peter DeGaris speak-
ing on the night, which should provide plenty of
food for thought for those who are building their
calf rearing knowledge,” Irene said.
Key topics to be covered:
• rearing from birth to weaning;
• colostrum quality;
• milk types and volumes;
• grain/pellets and hay;
• best practices to rear healthy calves includ-
ing shedding and bedding;
• common calve diseases including manage-
• calf vaccines.
The night will be held at the Fish Creek Ho-
tel on Wednesday, August 24 from 7pm, with a
‘parma and schooner’ deal available for just $20
“We are really encouraging young farmers to
come out for a night where they can learn a key
dairy skill as well as relaxing with a beverage and
a chat with some fellow farmers,” Irene said.
RSVP by Monday, August 22 to Irene on 0428
889 337, 5624 3900 or at Irene@gippsdairy.com.
Useful tips: calf rearing will be the focus of
next week’s Young Dairy Network night at
Dairy farmers rearing to go
SINCE July 1, Johne’s disease in cattle
has been industry managed and market
driven in Victoria.
Management of Johne’s disease will be on a
risk-based approach at the farm level, the same as
for many other endemic livestock diseases.
This approach will put the management of
Johne’s disease in the hands of the cattle owner.
This change follows a national review in 2015
of Bovine Johne’s disease management that in-
dustry and governments contributed to through an
extensive consultative process.
The review concluded the disease should be
addressed under a common biosecurity approach
for endemic diseases.
For information in regards to management of
Johne’s disease in cattle in Victoria from July 1,
2016, go to http://bit.ly/2aHSp8O
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