The Eastern Cape has proved itself the cream of the South African dairy industry, having doubled its milk production over the past ten years.
Local dairy farmers are responsible for around a quarter of the 2.8 billion litres produced nationally per annum, making the Eastern Cape the top milk-producing province in the country.
While the cooler coastal conditions are ideal for milk production, the Karoo is also home to a number of producers.
Contented cows – mainly Jersey and Holstein (Friesian) – graze peacefully on farms throughout the Tsitsikamma, East London, Cookhouse, Queenstown and Alexandria areas.
Milk produced in the Eastern Cape is used in a variety of dairy products from powdered milk to cheese, long life milk and yoghurt. The province’s producers supply all major national brands including Parmalat, Clover, Nestlé, Lancewood and Woodlands.
Milk from local farmers is sourced by milk buyers and then treated and packaged under the different brands before being distributed to retail chains and independent stockists.
The Milk Producers’ Organisation represents and empowers farmers in the province, helping to meet its members’ needs in an ever-changing agricultural environment.
The MPO focuses on the following five core functions: market protection and promotion, communication, technology transfer, information and protection of member interests.