THE volume of milk coming out of independent dairies in the region is set to increase by 20,000 litres a week after a second farm signed to supply through Scenic Rim 4Real Milk.
Fourth generation farmers Rod and Leann Brasington, who milk 150 Holstein Fresians at their Maroon dairy, will start supplying through Tamrookum based brand Scenic Rim 4Real Milk on July 1.
They made the shift away from major suppliers in a move they hope will give their son Brett, 20, a brighter future as a fifth generation dairy farmer.
The Brasingtons will be paid 65 cents per litre for the milk – about 10 cents more than the average being paid to other dairy farmers in Queensland.
Ms Brasington said it was an exciting opportunity for her family.
“Going local like this is an opportunity for our son to have a future in the industry,” she said.
“We wanted to go local and support (Scenic Rim 4 Real Milk owner) Greg Dennis and his family because they’ve stepped outside their comfort zone.”
Mr Dennis, who wants to eventually expand the Scenic Rim 4Real brand nationally, said he was pleased to take a second farming family on board.
“We had always envisaged making a positive impact on the wider dairy community – not just our farm,” he said.
“We couldn’t do this however without the overwhelming support from retailers and consumers.
“For us, the big picture is working towards regionally based co-operatives. If we can pay other farmers a decent price for their milk, we’ll do it.”