WHO WE ARE
We support milk producers
We support milk producers in the Western and Eastern Cape, giving you a voice in dealing with South African milk buyers. As a milk producer, you need a profitable market environment. That ensures not only your continued existence, but the future of our dairy industry. That’s where Samilco comes in. As an agricultural cooperative run by YOU, we help to create a competitive market for you.
The dairy industry:
Why we’re a small community operating in a big industry
Dairy farming may be one of the world’s oldest professions. However, it remains one of the most complex – and currently, one of the most challenging in South Africa. As a dairy farmer, there’s so much you need to consider when managing your farm. Think of feed management, the health of your animals, storage of milk and the transportation thereof.
As a milk producer, you also have additional variables to bear in mind, in particular complex price structures that you need to understand to ensure your profitability.
That’s why you need back up – your voice in the industry. Samilco represents you, in particular with demanding price negotiations with buyers.
– Our reach –
Samilco members produce 375 million litres
of milk every year
That’s 13% of South Africa’s total milk production
the Western and Eastern Cape
We work with
How we came to represent you:
A historical perspective
Samilco has its roots in the collapse of the ostrich industry at the beginning of the 20th century, when a number of farmers in the Bonnievale region gathered to investigate alternative uses for their long-established lucerne fields and other infrastructure. From this, the first cooperative cheese factory was established, which evolved, changed and amalgamated with others over time, to lead to the creation of our agricultural cooperative, Samilco, in 1999. READ MORE ABOUT OUR HISTORY