From our family <br> to yours

From our family
to yours

A co-operative of goat farmers in New Zealand

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Gently Made

Gently Made

Respecting Nature

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Our Place

Our Place

Our land and our people

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Leaders

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We are from NZ

Our home is in the Waikato of New Zealand where we are spoilt by nature. It’s natural farming country. This is where we farm our goats. And it’s only a short day’s drive from our farms to our plant where we dry their fresh milk.

Our Farms

Dairy Goat Co-operative is owned by our 72 goat farmers whose farms are in some of New Zealand’s richest pastures. At the farms we are feeding our goats breakfast, lunch and dinner, and milking at day’s break and day’s end. There’s lots to do. Click below to visit one of our farms.

On the farm

On a normal morning we are up at 5.30am, changing the goats’ bedding and feed, and milking. We have a small lab on the farm so that we can test our milk samples and individual goats. Our goal is to produce the best quality milk we can.

Our home

This is where around 200 of us make sure the goats’ milk gets treated right and makes its way safely to all the corners of the world we export to. We built this plant from scratch and every part has been designed just to make goats’ milk infant formula.

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Co-operation

We are a co-operative, owned by the farmers who supply goat milk. We believe in the enduring value of the co-operative model and our objective is to grow the wealth and security of our farmer shareholders, while at the same time providing consumers with a world-leading premium quality product.

Co-operative is also a word we use to describe our business style, which is built around sustainable and long-term relationships with our partners.

We believe that goat milk is the best base from which to make infant formula. It is not the cheapest, or the most commonly available, but we do believe it is the best.

We take our responsibility seriously to deliver safe and effective nutrition to infants and young children all around the world, and to deliver brands and products that parents trust.

An infant goat milk formula made without palm oil

The fat content of formula must be modified to include several essential fatty acids. Many formulas are based on skim milk where the milk fat is replaced by vegetable oils, including palm oil.1

DGC has adopted an alternative approach, using whole goat milk to retain milk fat. Vegetable oils are still added to top up the essential unsaturated fatty acids in goat milk, but it is not necessary to use palm oil if milk fat is included in the formula.

Our research has also shown that there is also no need to use highly modified ingredients such as OPO.2

1 Delplanque et al, 2015
2 Prosser et al, 2010

Warehousing and Distribution

Warehousing and distribution are the final phase of the process. Finished and filled cans are held in the warehouse until final, independent testing is completed so that the product can be safely released.

Once released, the cans are loaded and driven to Port Tauranga for export.

Purpose built manufacturing

The DGC plant is purpose-built solely to be a world class facility for manufacturing goat milk formula. Combined with our cooperative farm model, we are able to control the entire process from milking to distribution. So milk that comes into the plant leaves as a completed product.

The result is a safer, cleaner manufacturing process with no third parties in the production process.