Co-operative Conversations episode 2 part 1: interview

1 July 2020 18:30 - 19:30


Don’t cry over spilt milk: The Mountain Milk Co-operative

After the collapse and then demutualisation of the Murray Goulburn Co-operative, a group of Victorian dairy farmers were left in an industry crowded out by big business. They were geographically cornered with no other milk processors picking milk in their region. As a group, they were not only passionate about farming, but creating value too. Together they decided to form a co-op that was about more than a milk price – although this was important. They wanted to create a future for the community, and today, the Mountain Milk Co-operative is proud to be one of Australia’s newest dairy businesses. They are a true co-operative run by farming families, with a commitment to the welfare of their animals and the environment they live in. This is the story of how you can go from the edge of disaster to creating a business direction the next generations will be inspired to follow.

Join journalist Pete Lewis as he talks to Stuart Crosthwaite, Chairperson of Mountain Milk Co-operative about their interesting adventure in farming.


Episode host – Pete Lewis

Join Pete Lewis for an inspiring interview series as he explores the journeys of some of Australia’s most interesting and successful co-operatives. Pete’s long and varied experience as a journalist specialising in agriculture will ensure he gets to the heart of the issues you want to hear about.


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