People

Family farmer owned

Our founding farmers established the organic beef supply chain in Australia. Continuing generations of family farming traditions, they are united by a shared belief to respect and work with the environment and their animals. We are owned by these family farmers and their descendants, and we also source cattle from other certified organic producers.

The best people

Because OBE Organic is run on co-operative principles to maximise returns to family farmers, we run a lean and efficient business. At 30 June 2017 we had nine fulltime employees. Safety and professional development are priorities for our people

Our impact

By creating an organic beef value chain in Australia, we have opened up an entirely new market for cattle producers – especially in remote areas. We work to provide additional resources to our producers, so the combination of organic premiums and continual professional development will increase their ability to run flourishing family farms for generations.

OBE Organic is an agile small business investing heavily in training and technology. We also have a history of partnering with organisations to deliver better outcomes to cattle producers; our nimbleness and ambition make us a proven partner for government and private organisations wanting to work with us to make a difference to the industry.

Our actions

By creating an organic beef value chain in Australia, we have opened up an entirely new market for cattle producers – especially in remote areas. We work to provide additional resources to our producers, so the combination of organic premiums and continual professional development will increase their ability to run flourishing family farms for generations.

In 2016/17:

  • our employees had an average of 33.8 hours of training
  • 66% of our employees and 40% of our Directors are female
  • we became one of the first agribusinesses to have a Reconciliation Action Plan endorsed by Reconciliation Australia
  • we partnered with 7 organisations to work on projects from farm safety to Internet connectivity to farm satellite mapping.