NORCO opened its first depot at Murwillumbah and processed cream into butter
Our farmers are the first to admit that being a dairy farmer isn’t always easy. But they’ll also tell you they wouldn’t dream of doing anything else. And when you see where they work and live, it’s easy to see why. The lush green pastures and rolling hills of Northern New South Wales, Australia has been our home since 1895, when a bunch of enterprising dairy farmers started the North Coast Co-operative. Named after its breathtaking surrounds, the North Coast Co-operative was later shortened to become Norco.
Surely though, a good-looking landscape can’t be the only reason our farmers are throwing on their well worn gumboots every morning. Of course not, they’re not crazy, but they are passionate. Most of them are second and third generation Norco dairy farmers, working to support their families, their communities, and to keep their family legacy alive. Jim Allard is a third generation dairy farmer who left to work in the mines, but the pull of the farm was too strong and he returned to take on the family dairy farm — and he couldn’t be happier,
“I’m back where I should be. It’s a great life. It’s hard work but you get out what you put in.” — Jim Allard, Burringbar NSW
Getting out what you put in is exactly what we’re all about. As one of Australia’s last and only 100% Aussie farmer-owned dairy co-operatives, our network of over 300 members reap what they sow. We’ll let one of our farmers Leigh explain “Your co-op works for your farmers — everything you put into it is actually staying in the community. So when you buy a bottle of Norco-branded milk, you are 100% supporting Norco dairy farmers — you’re recognising the value of that.” That’s powerful stuff.
“Your co-op works for your farmers — everything you put into it is actually staying in the community. So when you buy a bottle of Norco-branded milk, you are 100% supporting Norco dairy farmers — you’re recognising the value of that.”
Leigh Shearman, Goolmangar NSW
Leigh is also a member of our Board. In fact, our Board is made up entirely of, you guessed it, Norco dairy farmers. We figure that no one knows the business better than the people whose families have been doing it for generations. It ensures the welfare and success of our farmers, their communities and, Australia’s dairy industry. And the best bit? Muddy boots are always welcome in the boardroom.
Now, with farmers as proud and passionate as ours, raising cows in a place as lush and serene as Northern New South Wales and South East Queensland, the results were always going to be pretty special. So for the last 120-odd years, we’ve been producing the best quality dairy products around, and we’ve got the awards to prove it.
Awards are great, but for us, it’s about keeping our legacy alive and strong. Perhaps, we’ll leave the last words to Jim’s wife, Debbie, “When people make the decision to buy Norco milk, they’re supporting the local farmers, they’re supporting our families — it keeps us going.”
When people make the decision to buy Norco milk, they’re supporting the local farmers, they’re supporting our families — it keeps us going
Debbie Allard, Burringbar NSW