Over 200,000 litres of milk produced on coal mine land each week
January 31, 2013

It may come as a surprise, but miners across New South Wales lease out or manage land around their operations for a range of agricultural uses - including dairy farms.

 

One example is a dairy farm on land owned by Coal & Allied’s Bengalla Mine near Muswellbrook in the Upper Hunter Valley that produces up to 15,000 litres of milk each day from around 1500 head of cattle.
 

More than 40 licensees use land owned or managed by Coal & Allied for stock, cropping and dairy production, as part of a land use management plan that promotes sustainability on the company’s non-mining land. 

 

Productive agricultural land_Bengalla Dairy Farm 648 x 348

 

In nearby Aberdeen, Anglo American Metallurgical Coal’s Dartbrook Mine has been leasing out land that surrounds the mine to dairy farmers for over ten years. The dairy is home to over 750 cows, producing 5.7 million litres of milk a year, or around 15,000 litres of milk a day.

The dairy licensees and farm manager have been recognised in ‘The Land’ newspaper as one of the 10 best family rural businesses in NSW. 
 
Together, every week these two dairies are producing more than 200,000 litres of milk that’s enjoyed by people all across NSW.

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