Dairy

Girgarre ACM factory almost ready

By Geoff Adams

The new $80million ACM dairy factory could be producing its first commercial products at Girgarre by mid to late November.

Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford toured the site last week with ACM directors and met some of the staff who are now in training.

The Kyabram-based company hopes to be producing milk powder and butter from the site in about eight weeks.

The Victorian Government has contributed towards the cost of the project through the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.

‘‘It’s good to hear about their plans, see the staff in training and see the factory being completed,’’ Ms Pulford said.

ACM chairman Michael Auld said the project was about three weeks behind where they thought it would be but didn’t believe that delay was inordinate for a project this size.

‘‘This is stage one. By the end of November we’ll be making powder and butter and by this time next year, producing cheese as part of stage two.

A feature of the plant will be the ability to switch from one specialty product to another.

The company has already secured a contract with Bellamys, an infant food and organic milk company.

‘‘In stage one, we’ll be looking to put through about 100 million litres and in stage two about 200million litres,’’ Mr Auld said.