[17 December/Dairy News]

Listed milk processor Synlait has announced that it has signed up its first Waikato dairy farmers to supply the company’s new Pokeno plant from 2019/20 season. Synlait’s entry into Waikato region provides suppliers of Fonterra and Open Country Dairy, who have dominated the milk supply base in the dairy heartland, with another processing partner to work with. Synlait says its milk procurement team have received a very warm welcome and a positive response from Waikato dairy farmers and rural professionals. National Milk Supply Manager, David Williams, said they are still keen to hear from Waikato farmers within 150km of Pokeno adding that the company is also looking for a2 and winter milk. Synlait’s Pokeno site, currently being built on McDonald Road is on track, with the first nutritional spray dryer expected to be ready for the 2019/2020 season. Once commissioned, the dryer will be capable of producing up to 45,000 metric tonnes of nutritional powders each year. These include infant-grade skim milk, whole milk and infant formula base powders.