The Land: Little processor, big plans

A BOLD vertical integration plan by a Dubbo, NSW, district dairyfarming family will see the Central West city boast its own milk-processing plant for the first time in decades.

The Little Big Dairy Company starts producing milk from its new on-farm processing plant next month, incorporating one of the most modern and technologically advanced milk harvesting systems in Australia.

The factory will be supplied by the Chesworth family’s 800-cow herd, which has previously supplied Lion’s Dairy Farmers brand, with milk to be produced just a few kilometres from Dubbo at Rawsonville.

The Little Big Dairy Company is owned and run by Erika and Steve Chesworth, sons Duncan and Campbell, and daughter Emma Elliott and her husband, Jim.

The family has been involved in dairying for more than 100 years, moving the herd to the Rawsonville farm seven years ago from Denman in the Upper Hunter Valley.

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