Compliance kudos for Tasmanian supplier
17th Mar 17
Yolla Co-operative has more than 700 members and services local producers of dairy, beef, root crops, avocados, honey, seaweed, tulips, poppies and pyrethrum.
As the independent supplier to farmers in the Waratah-Wynyard region of northwest Tasmania, Yolla is preparing for 40th anniversary celebrations as a successful co-operative. General Manager, Peter Moore, reflected on how the Yolla business model had evolved.
”We began in 1977 in a glorified potato shed until 2012, when we moved premises closer to the Wynyard township and welcomed non-members to the fold”.
Mr Moore said Yolla’s recent intensive Agsafe training and successful accreditation as an agvet chemical supplier, in addition to winning the Supplier’s Choice Award at the AIRR conference last month, proved that compliance attracted success.
“Compliance is inevitable - morally, ethically and legally - and I can’t imagine why you’d be a manager of a rural supplier if you couldn’t stand behind your compliance and meet your commitments,” he said.
Peter urged all suppliers to complete Agsafe training and accreditation, after receiving accolades from peers for its enterprise and agvet compliance.
“Agsafe has the best accreditation training in Australia, it’s comprehensive, well-developed and tailored for the premises … not accessing that training is a totally unacceptable risk.”
Agsafe general manager, Alison Carmichael, said Yolla Co-operative was a shining example of a supplier who worked diligently to meet strict compliance measures, while meeting the needs of its customers.
”We generally find that our members that make safety and compliance a priority also tend to be commercially very successful”.
In 2016, the region experienced its driest six months on record closely followed by catastrophic floods and witnessed a collapse in the dairy industry, placing added pressure on farmers to be profitable and sustainable.
“All of our staff and board members are farmers so we understand the pressures and we see a lot of farming diversity. Being a co-op means we can change direction of our business at short notice,” Mr Moore said.
Yolla is planning to celebrate its 40-year heritage honouring the people who supported it with an open day on 24 May and a publication of its history. Agsafe is proud to call them a member.