MSA Development

The Milk Suppliers Association (MSA) is a Co-operative made up of 131 dairy farmers based throughout South West Scotland that supply approximately 210 million litres of milk per annum to a creamery in Stranraer owned by Lactalis. Lactalis is a leading global dairy business and the largest European milk processor. The creamery at Stranraer produces a range of cheddar cheeses under the brands Seriously Strong, Galloway and McLelland. Cheese is also supplied to retailers for their individual own label brands.


Latest News

Have a Mindset For Change and Innovation

October 5, 2018

A recent AHDB Horizon publication highlights the single factor having the greatest impact on performance as identified by University of Minnesota Agricultural Extension Service survey was having a positive attitude.  In the study, it referred to farmers who considered they had control over their own destiny, were free to make their own decisions and, therefore, also held responsibility for errors or losses that were incurred.

The steps for success include:

  • Identify how livestock health can be improved further through considering changes to their housing and handling areas
  • Discuss how contractors can improve your cost base by not owning all of your own machinery
  • Identify your local monitor farm and attend meetings, discussions groups and farm walks
  • Attend local small business (non-farming) discussion groups and seek new ideas and collaborations
  • Listen to others more than you talk to them. Come home with ideas and try them out
  • Enjoy what you do
  • Read business books to gain inspiration from other industries

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Traces Found of ‘World’s Oldest Cheese’

September 7, 2018

Scientists have found traces of what they believe is the world’s oldest cheese.

It was made 7,000 years ago in what is now Croatia.

An international team, including Heriot-Watt university researchers, say it led to the transformation of Europe.

It is neither a sturdy cheddar nor a cheeky brie, rather some traces of fatty acids found on fragments of pottery from an archaeological site at Pokrovnik on the Dalmatian coast.  For more see.

SAOS Newsletter

August 31, 2018

News from, and for, Scotland’s farmer co-ops.  For more information see.

Cheese And Red Meat Are Back On The Menu

August 30, 2018

Cheese and red meat are back on the menu – as an international study suggests eating around twice as much as health officials advise.

The study of 220,000 adults found that eating three portions of dairy and one and half portions of meat a day could cut the risk of early death by one quarter.  For more see.

AHDB August Dairy Market Update

August 9, 2018

The latest dairy market update from AHDB is now available.  Watch it at AHDB Dairy.

The purpose of the MSA is:

  • To represent members and to negotiate on their behalf terms and conditions of the milk contract and payments.
  • To act at all times in the best interest of members.
  • To provide a forum for farmer members to discuss issues and needs.
Litres of milk supplied per annum

Knowledge Innovation and Transfer Project

The MSA has been able to access funds from the Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund to assist 30 MSA members. This project seeks to reduce cost and help members save money using a new approach which has been tried and tested in other industries. It has also been successfully piloted on two dairy farms in Scotland.