As you likely know, each year Lion Dairy & Drinks (Lion) partners with Landcare to provide eligible farmers with the opportunity to secure financial grants to assist in the implementation of sustainability projects.

The 2017 Lion Dairy Pride Landcare Grants program has seen impressive results across the board, with recipients observing sustainability improvements and cost savings through the increased use of solar power, installation of energy saving equipment, recycling of waste water and revegetation projects.

Last year Lion, in partnership with Landcare Australia, awarded close to $100,000 across ten Australian dairy farms across the nation to assist in developing their sustainable business practices.

The program further demonstrates Lion’s commitment to make a tangible difference to the sustainability of farm businesses in Australia – helping to implement sustainable initiatives that increase profitability for the long term.

The Lion suppliers who were awarded the grants have already noticed impressive sustainability results, with key highlights of the 2017 program including:

• 8% average energy savings since the implementation of the projects

• 544 energy-efficient devices installed

• 3 ha revegetated

• 500 plants planted

• 90% plant survival

• 4 ha weeding

• 5 ha fencing

• 5 km fencing

• 5 ha habitat protected

Lion Dairy & Drinks’ Agriculture Procurement Director Murray Jeffrey is excited to see the on-farm results the 2017 program has delivered.

“We are really proud to be partnering with Landcare to offer our farmers the tools and resources to address some of the ongoing environmental challenges in the dairy industry. The Lion Dairy Pride Landcare Grants Program attracted some fantastic entries last year and a number of successful projects were funded.”

With applications for the 2018 grants program opening soon we encourage all of our farmer suppliers to consider applying for a grant, we look forward to helping another group of farmers improve the sustainability of their businesses.”

To apply or find out more information, please visit


Dare Iced Coffee is excited to announce that it has partnered with Gfinity Esports Australia for the 2018 Gfinity Elite Series Australia, as Series Major Partner. The new esports tournament will launch in June 2018.

Gfinity Esports Australia’s entry into the Australian esports scene as a new level of quality entertainment and professional gameplay aligns with Dare Iced Coffee’s proposition to be the drink that enables players and fans to “Drink it Through”. Dare is the real coffee kick that helps players and fans be on top of their game.

Dare Iced Coffee will be supplying Australia’s favourite iced coffee to players across the Rocket League, CS:GO and Streetfighter V matches within both seasons of the Gfinity Elite Series Australia in 2018.

The Dare Iced Coffee “Drink it Through” campaign will be integrated across the Gfinity Elite series 42 live broadcast events.

Darryn Wallace, Director of Marketing & Innovation at Lion Dairy & Drinks, who owns and manufactures the Dare Iced Coffee brand said it was the perfect partnership for Dare Iced Coffee.

“We are really excited about this opportunity and see it as a way to reach a highly relevant and engaged audience in a way that is entirely aligned to the brand proposition,” he said.

Dominic Remond, CEO of Gfinity Esports Australia, said of the announcement: “We are extremely pleased to have Dare Iced Coffee join the inaugural Gfinity Elite Series Australia, as a Series Major Partner across all three of our game titles in 2018.

“Dare Iced Coffee is a perfect fit for the gaming community because players can’t afford to have their heads all over the place when it comes to planning their game strategy,: Dominic said. “We are excited by the content integration and promotion opportunities that we can deliver to the vast online audience.

This is an exciting step, following on from our news earlier in the year announcing Dell as Presenting Partner for the Series.
“Given the Gfinity Elite Series Australia will broaden the audience of esports fans in Australia, as well as creating new heights for esports entertainment, I’m delighted that Dare Iced Coffee has identified this partnership as the best way to promote their market-leading brand with the highly sought-after esports audience.”

The Gfinity Elite Series Australia presented by Alienware kicked off at the weekend, with the competition running for seven weeks. Watch all games across the weekend, live online via Rocket League matches will also broadcast live on Network Ten’s ONE each Sunday at 10am AEST.

About Dare Iced Coffee
Nationally, Dare Iced Coffee is the #1 Iced Coffee brand1, selling 127 units every minute2. Dare Iced Coffee Double Espresso was also named the Champion Flavoured Dairy Drink at the prestigious 2018 Australian Grand Dairy Awards! Dare Iced Coffee has a number of flavours including Espresso, Double Espresso, Mocha and Raw. Dare Iced Coffee has also recently entered into the Cold Brew segment with the launch of Dare Cold Pressed. This fancier fix made with 100% Arabica beans and all natural ingredients is available in both Latte and Strong Latte variants.
Did you know? Dare holds 36% share of the convenience milk beverage market and a 23% share of the grocery milk beverage market in Australia. 1

1 IRi scan data, Total Dare Value, Grocery & Convenience Australia, MAT to 08/04/18
2IRi scan data, Total Dare Units, Grocery & Convenience Australia, MAT to 08/04/18

About Gfinity Esports Australia:
Gfinity Esports Australia, was established by HT&E Events and Gfinity Plc, in August 2017, to launch Australia’s first city-based franchise league, the Elite Series presented by Alienware.
Gfinity Esports Australia will deliver Australian gamers and fans, a clear and structured competitive framework within Australian esports. The Elite Series presented by Alienware will see city-based franchise teams compete weekly in front of a live audience at a dedicated esports arena within the Hoyts Cinema Complex at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter. Competing across iconic game titles: Counter Strike Global Offensive, Street Fighter V and Rocket League, for a share in the some of the largest prize pools in Australian Esports history. Each event will be broadcast live across multiple platforms.
As well as the Elite Series, an online competition, the Challenger Series presented by Dell Gaming, will launch in January 2018. Open to all gamers, the Challenger Series presented by Dell Gaming will be the battleground for amateur players to compete against each other, to win the chance, via a player draft, to play alongside the pros in the Elite Series presented by Alienware. The Challenger Series presented by Dell Gaming represents the grassroots pathway seen in traditional sports, but not yet seen in Australian esports.


Lion Dairy & Drinks’ National Business Manager for Woolworths Esra Ozege has been awarded the prestigious 2018 Joe Berry Australian Retail Industry Executive Award.

The Joe Berry Award is an essay-based program awarded to the best young executive talent in the Australian Retail Industry. The award was presented to Esra in Sydney last week.

The Award is globally unique because it allows entrants, under 35, from all parts of the retail industry to submit 2500-word essays for judging. Now in its 32nd year, the Award receives entries from employees in retailer, supplier, service provider and wholesaler companies. The prize is an organized world retail tour for the winner.

This year the entrants were able to choose from five topics and five finalists then presented their essays to the judging panel which consisted of 20 Industry senior executives and two guest judges lead by Award patron Bernie Brookes AM. Bernie won the first Joe Berry Award in 1986.

Each finalist was then given one hour to present their essay and answer questions from the judging panel.

Esra wrote on the Impact of algorithms and transparent pricing in the retail industry.

She is pictured here receiving the award from Bernie Brookes AM at the annual Presentation Dinner at the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney last Thursday night in front of 280 guests. Esra will now have a year as incumbent winner and will have a number of guest speaker roles as well as her prize tour.

The Joe Berry Award is run by the ASMCA and is sponsored by more than 20 leading retail industry companies.


Mycoplasma Bovis is a disease that all dairy farmers should be aware of, and the recent outbreak of the disease in New Zealand is a timely reminder for Australian farmers to ensure they idnderstand the risks.

It is a bacterial disease that can lead to serious conditions in cows and calves and can spread during milking from one quarter to another in the same cow, or other cows via milker’s hands or liners. Cows can also become infected via contact with contaminated nasal secretions or uterine fluid. Semen, embryos and contaminated equipment are also potential sources for transmission.

Calves can become infected by consuming milk from infected cows, contact with contaminated surfaces or contact with other infected calves (including via aerosol). It can be difficult to detect the disease as heifers and cows may carry Mycoplasma without showing any signs of infection.

The disease can have a significant financial impact on your business as a result of lost production, culling, and the death of cows and calves.

Possible symptoms that may indicate disease:


• Mastitis: often in multiple quarters, poor response to treatment

• Lameness: swelling of joints/legs, with one or more limbs affected

• Pneumonia

• Swollen heads

• Death


• Pneumonia: acute and severe, may affect very young calves (less than 2 weeks old)

• Lameness: swelling of joints/legs, with one or more limbs affected

• Head tilt

• Conjunctivitis

• Death

If you suspect your herd has been affected by the disease, there are various ways to diagnose, however please note that PCR testing for Mycoplasma species is the only way to be certain that the disease is present.

How to diagnose:

Although milk culture and other culture testing can indicate the presence of Mycoplasma organisms, PCR testing is the most reliable method.

PCR testing explained:

• A PCR test is preferable to test culture when a quick diagnosis is required (i.e. if an outbreak is occurring)

• A PCR test detects the genetic material from the Mycoplasma species and is very sensitive. At present, there is commercial PCR testing available only for Mycoplasma Bovis.

• A test for PCR Major 4 can be requested from Dairy Technology Services (DTS) on the bulk milk sample taken at normal pick up.

• Due to intermittent shedding from sub-clinically infected cows, multiple tests (up to 5) 3 to 4 days apart will increase the sensitivity and specificity of testing. The test should be repeated once any dry cows have calved.


If you suspect an outbreak in your herd it is essential that you seek veterinary advice. There are currently no effective approved treatments for Mycoplasma associated disease in lactactic dairy cows, certain antibiotics can however assist when managing calves with infection.

The best way to manage the disease is prevention and regular monitoring. Monitoring for Mycoplasma can be done at the herd level with regular bulk milk samples that include all the cows on the farm. This means a sample from the vat, as well as a sample from the cows excluded from the vat.

Infected animals should be isolated immediately and monitored closely, in case euthanasia is required.


The best way to prevent Mycoplasma Bovis affecting your business is to be diligent in animal testing, prior to bringing any new animals onto your farm. Ideally, only source animals from herds that have tested negative for the disease through PCR testing.

The recommendation for testing source herds is to collect bulk tank and “hospital herd” milk samples at 3 to 4 day intervals. The risk of buying animals from infected herds reduces if more bulk tank and “hospital herd” samples are taken at intervals of 3 to 4 days due to the intermittent shedding of Mycoplasma. The samples should be tested using the PCR test for Mycoplasma Bovis.

It is not a notifiable disease and there is no concern about consuming meat, milk and milk products from affected animals, and no risk of the disease spreading to humans.

For more information, refer to the Dairy Australia website:


This year’s National Farm Safety Week takes place from 16th – 22nd July 2018, focusing on reducing deaths and injuries related to health and safety risks that may be prevalent on farms. It’s a good to review the safety processes that are currently in place at your farm.

The agriculture industry has the highest fatality rate of any Australian industry and in 2018, there has sadly been 13 people lose their life on Australian farms. [1]

Lion’s vision is to make a significant contribution to improved safety standards and safety outcomes for all of our dairy partners and to help lead a step-change for the agricultural community. Farm Safety is also a core component of the Lion Dairy Pride program.

The results from the Lion Dairy Pride Online Self-Assessment Tool shows that farm safety is still the number one area needing improvement across our suppliers.

With all of this in mind, please review the below tips to help raise awareness of safety on your farm and to help reduce fatalities and serious injuries.

Farm Safety by the numbers [2]

• In Australia more than one in five workers who die at work, work in agriculture

• Safe Work Australia data shows that while males account for 67% of workers on Australian farms, they account for 92% of the fatalities, 85% of the hospitalisations and 77% of the workers’ compensation claims in the agriculture sector.

• All sources point to the dangers involved with farm equipment and machinery as well as working with animals. Fatalities and hospitalisations data show a much higher risk of serious injury to older farm workers.

• Statistically, one-third of worker fatalities on farms are employees aged 65 years or above and incidents involving agricultural vehicles account for about 37% of fatalities on farms, followed by animal and firearm related deaths.

Work health and safety tips [2]

• Eliminate any hazards including anything that can kill or hurt workers.

• Choose the safest equipment. Resources such as the Farm Safe website can provide valuable advice on the safest machinery and tools to use on your farm.

• Choose the safest chemicals and follow manufacturers’ instructions

• Ensure visitors and workers are aware about the risks and how to manage them

• Ensure workers have the skills to work safely and supervise new and inexperienced workers where needed

• Ensure staff are trained in first aid, should accidents occur

The Lion Dairy Pride Farm Safety Program is offered to all dairy suppliers, in all states. The program has been developed alongside relevant state work safety authorities and Dairy Australia.

If you’d like further guidance on how to improve your farm’s safety measures, please contact the Farm Services Team in your state here.

[1] – work-related-fatalities



Darryn Wallace, Director of Marketing & Innovation at Lion Dairy & Drinks says it is exciting times as we continue to evolve our portfolio and bring to life our next generation of healthy snacking products.

Great Brands …… Real Food … Great Taste ….Genuine Convenience

“Leading the way, our new Farmers Union Crunch range has been launched. Crunch is made up of five variants with our famous Greek Style yogurt, combined with a range of healthy inclusions and the unique – and very handy – benefit of a spoon inside,” he said.

“You will see this at your local supermarket where we have some outstanding in-store advertising.

“We have also launched three new Farmers Union Pouches. Expanding the offer around exciting citrus flavours such as Real “Strawberry, Mango and Citrus” to provide a product to meet everyone’s needs and build momentum of this important new format.

“In addition to the new product launches, we are continuing to invest behind Farmers Union to celebrate the simplicity and versatility of the product with a great new advertising campaign.”

Darryn said the campaign was designed to build on the “Add a little Culture” story by celebrating how Farmers Union Greek Style yogurt is synonymous with all types of cooking and culinary experiences and equally embraced by all cultures.

“You may have noticed this new campaign on TV – just in time to celebrate World Neighbours Day on Friday 25 May,” he said. “Over coming weeks you will also see TV, social media, and outdoor advertising support the campaign both Farmers Union Greek Style Yogurt and our new Farmers Union Crunch offering.



Lion’s Dairy Farmer of the Year Victor Rodwell says he was “born to do this”, referring to his life as a dairy farmer.

Victor is a second generation farmer who had to come home to the family farm as a teenager when his father became too ill to run the business. “I was 15 and milking 40 cows a day,” Victor said. “I am 48 now, and at our peak we have 800 cows.”

With wife Denise, Victor runs Rodwell Farms at Boyanup in WA. Over three decades their farm has grown, but Victor said this was not so much about building the business as it was about finding the right balance. The family are pictured here.

Rodwell Farms became a Lion Dairy Supplier three years ago. What attracted him to Lion, Victor said, was that he and Denise really value business relationships. “Price is important, but it is not all about price, it is about the people and the business that we want to become.”

Victor was named Lion’s Dairy Farmer of the Year for 2017 at the annual Lion Supplier Recognition Dinner Australia in Sydney.

“To be recognised at this level was really great,” Victor said of last week’s award that recognised his achievements as one of Lion Dairy & Drinks’ 400-plus dairy suppliers across the country. “Denise and I were surprised, but delighted.”

Murray Jeffrey, Lion Dairy & Drinks’ Agricultural Procurement Director, said Rodwell Farms was a deserving winner.

“They supply over five million litres to Lion Dairy & Drinks and not only is their milk of exceptional quality, it is also produced with a very flat supply curve which really suits Lion Dairy & Drinks’ requirements to supply our customers with high quality dairy products across the yea,” Murray said.

“Lion has also been able to partner with Rodwell Farms in practical ways as well, an example was their participation in the Dairy Pride Milk Cooling Scheme which has resulted in improvements to their milk cooling system.”

Murray said Rodwell Farms was an exceptionally well-run and progressive dairy operation and a pleasure to partner with.

“They are very worthy recipients of the 2017 Lion Dairy Farmer of the Year award,” he said.

Drive by their Boyanup property – about 195 km south of Perth – and it is immaculate. They take pride in what they do and are focused on also developing opportunities for their four sons: Camden (12), Jordan (15), Dylan (16) and Lachlan (18) should they decide to join the family business.

Victor said succession planning started about five years ago and now that their four sons are older, Denise has been able to become more involved in the running the farm. Eldest son Lachlan has also recently joined the business full-time.

“We also have three full-time staff and two part-time,” Vic said. “Denise and I are committed to finding the right balance; for us, for our kids and the farm.”

“If you don’t have that (balance) it is hard to attract young people into agriculture. A lot of kids won’t come into it if they don’t get time off.”


Today is World Milk Day and what better way to celebrate the natural goodness of milk than by Giving a Mate 8. Why 8? That’s the number of nutrients naturally found in milks like Dairy Farmers, Pura and Masters.

Lion Dairy & Drinks (LDD), who owns and manufactures the Dairy Farmers, Pura and Masters brands believes World Milk Day is a great time to remind all Australians of the natural goodness of milk.

“I reckon we all have a mate who, at some stage during the day, could use some B vitamins when feeling flat, protein for their muscles, or iodine for the brain as part of a balanced diet,” said Darryn Wallace, Lion Dairy & Drinks’ Marketing & Innovation Director.

“That’s why we’re suggesting that you share a milk with a mate – in a coffee, flavoured or natural – to show that Milk Loves You Back.”

Darryn says many of us may have forgotten how nutritious milk is and the goodness it brings to all the dairy foods we love.

“And while most of us know milk is good for us, it’s not a conscious source of nutrition,” he said.

Nine out of 10 Australians don’t consume their recommended daily serves of dairy or alternatives as shown by the Australian Health Survey[1].

“Give a Mate 8 this World Milk Day is a great way to celebrate the inherent goodness of milk,” Darryn added.

Last year LDD launched its Milk Loves You Back campaign to remind Australians of the natural goodness of milk.

At the time it also released a study showing almost a quarter (21%) of women and 15% of men admitted that their main source of daily dairy was derived from coffee with milk alone.[1]

“This is the perfect opportunity for all Aussies to reawaken their daily consumption of milk and dairy products,” Darryn said.

“Share a coffee with your mate made from milk or if you want to keep it simple, offer an M2GO that they can take home or enjoy on the go!”

For more information visit:

Did you know?

The 8 essential nutrients naturally found in milks like Dairy Farmers, Pura & Masters milks include:

  • Protein – for muscle growth, development and repair
  • Calcium and phosphorous – for strong bones and teeth
  • Iodine– for healthy cognitive function
  • Vitamin B5 – for mental performance
  • Potassium – for muscle function and to help with hydration

Consume as part of a balanced diet.



8 Nutrients

Recommended serves of dairy

ABS; 2016. Australian Health Survey: Consumption of Food Groups from the Australian Dietary Guidelines, 2011-12. Cat 4364.0.55.012. Available:


On Wednesday 23 May Lion Dairy & Drinks (LDD) celebrated its 100th anniversary of manufacturing dairy products at its Malanda site in far north Queensland.

At a celebratory birthday dinner held at the Malanda Hotel Ballroom, more than 180 locals came together to celebrate, including current and past employees, farmers who work directly with LDD and community members.

The Malanda site manufactures almost 60 milk and milk-based products, made with fresh milk sourced directly from more than 48 dairy farms supplying the Dairy Farmers Milk Co-Operative in the Far North Queensland region.

Each year the site produces around 47 million liters of dairy product, with customers spanning from Cape York to Mackay and as far west as Mount Isa.

Deeply engrained in the community, the site currently employs 100 locals and is actively engaged through membership of community groups and supporting of local events, schools and charities. Supporting community initiatives is important to Lion Dairy & Drinks, and it is proud to sponsor the Malanda and Cairns Shows and the local hockey team.

Lion Dairy & Drinks also works with the Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative to run farmer training programs.

Lion Dairy & Drinks is extremely proud to be involved in delivering more dairy and juice goodness to the Malanda community through our schools program – called Lion Malanda Goodness Promise. This program aims to educate our younger generation with healthy eating options and developing healthy habits and provides students at four local schools our dairy products for morning tea.

Stuart Muir, Lion Dairy & Drinks Supply Chain Director, attended the 100-year celebratory dinner and said: “What an exciting time for our team, farmers and the Malanda community as we come together to celebrate this milestone. Lion Dairy & Drinks is proud to be deeply engrained in the heritage of the site and the community.

“The community spirit of Malanda is unparalleled and this occasion allows us to look back with pride on the past and celebrate the future of the site, together with our farmers, employees and community members. Lion Dairy & Drinks looks forward to continuing its strong relationship with the people of Malanda and far north Queensland, and playing an integral role in ensuring long term sustainability of the local dairy industry.”

Milk production in the area dates back to 1904 when the first private milk factory was built in Atherton. In 1919, the Atherton Tablelands Co-Operative Butter & Bacon Company constructed a factory at the current Malanda site and by 1923 all manufacturing was transferred to Malanda.

Since 1996, LDD has invested more than $25 million in capital works and upgrading facilities and equipment at the The company’s core purpose is to enrich the world everyday by championing sociability and helping people to live well, fundamentals which will continue to underlie the operations at Malanda into the future.

In 2014, Lion Dairy & Drinks was delighted to put the name “Malanda” back on pack, as Dairy Farmers’ milk became Malanda Original Milk – reverting to the traditional name and more importantly helping to boost community support and pride in this local product.




Image: The Crouch Family

Together with his parents and wife Raelene, Darryn Crouch owns and operates a dairy in south-eastern Queensland.

Grazing on the foothills of the D’Aguilar Ranges their cows are primarily pasture fed. This reliance on good pasture means the family is especially concerned with land management that maximises productivity with little impact on the environment.

Raelene and Darryn are the third generation on the farm and have over the years improved the land and creek that runs through it. Today sections of the farm have been returned to native rainforest and the creek has been fenced to create native habitat corridors.

In 2016 they expanded their operation buying the neighbour’s property. Unlike the original farm the new property was bare and badly in need of repair.

After getting advice from Healthy Waterways and Catchments and their local Landcare group, the Crouch family found ways to return sections of the new property to its native rainforest and to clean up and protect the creek that flowed through both properties.

“As we’d already undertaken extensive revegetation along the creek banks, we wanted to bring the new property in line so we could establish wildlife corridors and encourage native birds and animals back.” Darryn said.

Using Lion Dairy Pride Landcare grant to repair the land

One night, Raelene was reading the Lion e-newsletter when she came across information on the Lion Dairy Pride Landcare grants. Seeing this as an opportunity to secure the funding needed to start work they applied for a grant that covered native plants, fencing and new water troughs.

Fencing off the creek was an important part of improving the creek’s water quality as it stopped the cattle walking the banks and churning up the water.

“By stabilising the banks and planting vegetation along them we cut down sediment and nutrient flow into the water. The creek flows into Moreton Bay where sediment and other pollution are a real problem.” Darryn said.

With the creek and dam fenced the next step was to plant out the native plants they’d chosen with advice from the Barung Landcare group. To give the new plants the best chance of survival, timing of planting was critical to avoid frosts or floods.

“We chose a time when temperatures were warm and there was sufficient soil moisture. This avoided the frosts but increased the risk of plant loss from floods and heat waves.” Darryn said.

One year on

Within a year of receiving the grant money the Crouch family have protected five hectares of habitat, through weeding, planting out 500 trees across three hectares, fencing off the creek and dam and installing water troughs.,

The rehabilitation works completed by the Crouch family have met their goals of improved management of the creek with only a 10 percent loss plants.

The vegetation planted along the creek banks has slowed the flow of the water and acted as a filter by absorbing nutrients that would otherwise runoff from the paddocks.

“Over time we expect more native birds and animals to move into the revegetated areas and for clear water to flow through the two properties.” Darryn said.

On top of the land and water quality benefits, the fenced off creek has made the cattle less susceptible to foot rot and other soil borne pathogens found in the muddy banks. The cattle also have greater access to cleaner water as they drink from the newly installed water troughs rather than the creek.

Darryn adds the Riparian Vegetation Appraisal Tool rated the health of the new block with very good environmental function – a vast improvement on its previous rating of poor.

Read more about Lion Dairy Pride Landcare on Dairy Pride