become a DFSA MILK producer
The advantages of working with Dairy Farmers of South Africa (Pty) Ltd. (“DFSA”)
DFSA purchases milk regionally based on volume, locality, milk composition and quality.
Producers' interests are protected by Delivery Agreements and/or Supply Contracts.
Milk is collected timeously and sampled by reliable, well-trained truck drivers. DFSA has introduced highly sophisticated equipment to its tankers and the determination of the collected volume of milk, sampling of the milk and milk temperature measurement are all done electronically during the milk collection process, with minimal human interference. This is a giant step forward and a first for South Africa. Producers are paid electronically on or before the 4th working day of every month, for milk purchased during the previous month.
DFSA has a fair and transparent milk payment system and nearly all factors affecting the price can be managed and influenced by the milk producer.
Milk samples are analysed by an independent, world class accredited laboratory.
Producers receive frequent feedback on milk volumes collected as well as the latest milk sample analysis results regarding milk composition and quality.
DFSA encourages responsible growth for producers who want to grow with the company, within the limitations that the market for raw milk might have. Producers receive advice and assistance in establishing and applying internationally recognised best practices on their farms. The following categories are important:
- Animal health and herd management
- Animal nutrition and water
- Animal remedies and agricultural chemicals
- Milk hygiene and safety
- Environmental management
CommunicationCommunication structures are in place to ensure that the voices of DFSA's producer shareholders are heard. DFSA's milk producers are well represented on the Board of DFSA and they play a major role to ensure that producers’ interests are protected at the highest level. Management acquaint themselves of on-farm conditions by doing farm visits twice a year and regional information meetings are held from time to time to keep DFSA's producer shareholders informed.
ComplaintsAll complaints are addressed speedily and effectively. The focus is on professional feedback and continuous improvement.
Milk procurement offices have been established in the following towns and cities:
- Clayville close to Pretoria
- Port Elizabeth
- Cape Town