World Leadership

Dairy Goat Co-operative was formed in 1984 from an amalgamation of several goat milk co-operatives around New Zealand. Since challenging times in the early days we have grown and flourished, largely because of innovative development and commercialisation of our goat milk-based formula products in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Since achieving success in markets such as New Zealand, Australia and Taiwan, our export markets have continued to grow and DGC’s formula products are now well established in around 27 countries around the globe.

Since 2003, DGC has enjoyed the benefits of its own manufacturing facilities including spray drying, dry blending, can forming and canning. These plants are all on the same Hamilton site alongside the company’s head office.

DGC’s governance structure, as a co-operative, consists of a board of eight directors. Of these, five are elected from the shareholding suppliers and three are independent directors. There are 72 supplying shareholders who supply milk to the co-operative and who are the owners of the company.

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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

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.

Can Filling

The DGC can filling facilities are world class. On any day at DGC we can manufacture over 150,000 cans and fill over 90,000 cans. These are then sent to our warehousing and distribution facility where they await final safety tests before being released for export worldwide.

Animal Welfare and Health

New Zealand has a strict Code of Welfare for Goats. It specifies what is considered to be optimal animal welfare and how this may be achieved for goats farmed under New Zealand conditions. DGC farms are required to follow the New Zealand Code of Welfare for Goats as well as DGC’s own Code of Farm Practice.