577

Grants Awarded

These cumulative totals were last updated in May 2022

1765837

Dollars donated

515

Dairy Farmers Assisted

A: The Better Farms Program will assist only dairy farmers who currently have a milk supply agreement with Bega Cheese Limited or Tatura Milk Industries Pty Ltd & who have applied to be considered for a grant. The Better Farms Program does not assist all Australian farmers – only dairy farmers who directly supply milk to Bega Cheese Limited or Tatura Milk Industries Pty Ltd.

A: The Better Farms Program will assist dairy farmers who currently have a milk supply agreement with Bega Cheese Limited, Tatura Milk Industries Pty Ltd, BDD Australia Pty Ltd and Dairy Farmers Milk Cooperative and who have applied to be considered for a grant. The Better Farms Program does not assist all Australian farmers. It assists only dairy farmers who directly supply milk to Bega Cheese Limited, Tatura Milk Industries Pty Ltd, BDD Australia Pty Ltd and Dairy Farmers Milk Cooperative.

A: Independent Auditors have verified the distribution of funds so we can ensure every cent of each grant is being received by the relevant dairy farmer. We will continue to engage Independent Auditors going forward to ensure the distribution of grants is in accordance with the Better Farms Program.

A: No, the Better Farms Program supports only Australian dairy farmers, who have a current milk supply agreement with Bega Cheese Limited or Tatura Milk Industries Pty Ltd.

A: No, the grants must be used in accordance with the Better Farms Program guidelines and criteria, and must be used on 1 of the 3 key focus areas: Capital projects, Development & Training or Services Support.

A: We have a Milk Supply Team who visit each dairy farm business that has received a grant to verify that the grants have been used in good faith & in accordance with the Better Farms Program guidelines.

A: Capital project grants are up to $5,000 per year per eligible dairy farm business.
Advice & Services support grants are up to $1,000 per year per eligible dairy farm business.
Development & Training grants are up to $1,000 per year per eligible dairy farm business.

A: A very high proportion of the milk that goes into producing our dairy products comes from Australian dairy farmers who have a current milk supply agreement with Bega Cheese Limited or Tatura Milk Industries Pty Ltd. Dairy farmers who do not have a milk supply agreement with Bega Cheese Limited or Tatura Milk Industries Pty Ltd are not eligible to receive Better Farms Program grants.

A: No, each eligible dairy farm business must complete & submit an application form to Bega Cheese Limited to be considered for a grant. Applications will be individually reviewed and assessed in accordance with the criteria and priorities outlines in the Better Farms Program Handbook located on the ‘About’ section of our website.

A: Yes, there is a limit of $1.1M per financial year available for distribution as Better Farms Program grants to eligible dairy farmers.