The Union Dairy Company (UDC)

The Union Dairy Company (UDC)

Company Snapshot

Name: The Union Dairy Company
Companies: A partnership between The Midfield Group and Louis Dreyus Company
Location: Factory – Penola, South Australia. Head office – Warrnambool, Victoria
Output: 230 million litres of raw milk annually
Products: Milk powder
Supplier base: South-west Victoria and south-east South Australia
Production commencement: Mid 2017

The Union Dairy Company (UDC) is The Midfield Group’s latest exciting commitment to the agriculture sector.

A partnership between The Midfield Group and global agricultural merchant and processing giant Louis Dreyfus Company, UDC began operating in in August 2017 and is located in Penola. it has an annual processing capacity of 230 million litres of raw milk and services a supplier base stretching through south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia. The plant manufactures milk powders, along with anhyrous milk fat and thermalised cream for domestic and export markets.

Our milk model

Our milk model is based on farmer needs identified at supplier forums throughout our target regions. While we acknowledge our model will evolve over time, it has been designed to address the majority of issues currently limiting suppliers growing their business with certainty and security.

We are aware that for the UDC to continue operating our suppliers must be profitable. Therefore, we are pleased to be able to offer you:

  • Smooth seasonal pricing and cash flow payments;
  • Simplicity of signals and incentives;
  • Multiple monthly payments;
  • Simplified productivity, volume or growth incentives;
  • Guaranteed minimum full year milk price (no step downs);
  • A model that is competitive with major rivals;
  • Simple freight charges relevant to distance from processing plants in Penola or Warrnambool; and
  • No obligation to enter multi-year contracts.

If you would like to discuss supplying UDC please contact one of our field officers today.

About our field staff
Greg Lemmens
Greg grew up in the Warrnambool district and has been involved in the dairy industry for 40 years. He has a background in dairy food manufacturing and field services, including production and quality management and product development roles. Greg has worked with farmers in a number of large and small dairy companies over the last 18 years and has a thorough understanding of milk production and processing. You can contact Greg on 0437 361 376 or

David Massey
David has had more than 25 years’ experience in the dairy industry, growing up and helping on his parent’s farm in the UK. Agriculture generally was a passion from an early age with dairy farming being a major focus.  After completing formal education, he worked on a large mixed farm to gain experience before going to university where he gained a degree in agriculture. David travelled overseas to Canada and here in Australia working in dairy and cropping for several years. He has been exposed to varied farming systems and held significant on-farm management positions, including a 10-year stint in corporate milk supply. You can contact David on 0438 920 902.

Keely Price
Keely grew up on the land at Heywood, where her parents farm beef. She always knew she would work in the agricultural sector, raising her own cattle on the farm as a primary school student. Keely has completed a stock and station agent traineeship and has worked in the field prior to joining Midfield Direct in 2016. Keely is passionate about the agricultural industry and is available to assist suppliers with any enquiries. You can contact Keely on 0418 504 171.

Further Information?

If you need further information or have any questions, please contact us:

Phone: +61 3 5563 4444