|Title||Cooperation versus investor returns - the future of dairy farming in Australia|
|Publication Type||Web Article|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Keywords||Bega Cheese, Co-operatives, dairy farming, Murray Goulburn, NORCO, Saputo|
As member owned and focused enterprises, dairy co-operatives serve the interests of the small family farm businesses. Farm gate pricing is set at a fair rate designed to maintain the economic viability of both the co-operative and the farmer. Unlike investor owned firms that need to pay substantial returns to shareholders, the purpose of a co-operative is to improve the relative competitiveness of their members.