Your Partners in Farming…from humble beginnings in 1925
It began in 1925, when a group of 10 like-minded farmers living in the small town of Yenda, NSW, more than 500km west of Sydney, found they had a common vision of sharing resources to meet their farming needs.
The Yenda Producers Co–operative Society Ltd was born. Today, it continues to operate at its original site at Mirrool Avenue in Yenda. Celebrating its 90th birthday in 2015, Yenda Producers has gone from strength to strength over the years thanks to the support of its members, farmers, local businesses, suppliers, and employees. Boasting more than 1,500 members across a vast farming region, Yenda Producers has branches in Leeton and Griffith in addition to the main office in Yenda. The philosophy and vision of Yenda Producers remains strong and steadfast: to maintain a viable co-operative through our commitment to provide comprehensive farming products, services, and farming advice from a team of highly trained and experienced agronomists and horticulturalists.
As a locally owned co–operative, Yenda Producers believes members and the community should share in the benefits that a co‐operative has to offer, including financial return to its members, access to services that would be hard to attain on an individual member level, employment of local residents, a buy-local strategy where possible, and continuing involvement in and support of its local community. Customers turn to the Yenda Producers for its complete range of chemicals (sprays), fertiliser, veterinary products and hardware. With an extensive truck fleet, Yenda Producers can cart member produce and provide a fertiliser cartage and on‐farm spreading service. Yenda Prods also caters to the home gardener and handyman with a wide range of hardware items including garden irrigation fittings, pruning equipment and automotive items. For those who enjoy fishing, the Yenda Prods stocks a wide range of fishing gear that will satisfy the amateur to the fishing enthusiast. Yenda Prods is an agent for Angas Park (Sunbeam) Fruit Co., one of Australia’s largest dried fruit companies, receiving and grading dried prunes annually for Angas Park. Once graded, the fruit is shipped to Irymple (near Mildura), NSW, to be processed and packed for sale.
Yenda Prods’ iconic brand within the Riverina is based not only on its business success but also in large part to how much the company gives back to the community. For many years, Yenda Prods has provided support, sponsorship, and donations to local charities, schools, associations and sporting groups. The Yenda Producers is committed to another 90 years ‐ and many more ‐ of supporting each stakeholder through expert advice, great customer service, quality products, great customer service, and financial returns to its members.
Yenda Group….growth through acquisition and partnership
The Yenda Producers Co‐operative Society is part of the Yenda Group, along with Spencer & Bennett – Yenda Prods, Riverina Water Engineering, and Yenda Prods Grain Pty Ltd. The quartet share the common goal of providing quality goods and services to the rural sector in the Riverina and beyond.
Spencer & Bennett – Yenda Prods Pty Ltd (S&B): The local business of Spencer & Bennett (S&B) started business in Griffith in 1980 when local residents Ron Spencer and Terry Bennett joined forces. The company was acquired by Yenda Producers in 1998 and now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary, based in the Yenda Producers’ Griffith branch. S&B offers a wide range of livestock and rural services to clients across the region, including Griffith, Hillston, Goolgowi, Carrathool, Coleambally, Darlington Point, Leeton, Rankins Springs, Weethalle and Kikoira. The Spencer & Bennett team includes licensed real estate agents and insurance brokers who purchase and sell livestock on behalf of its clients through weekly auctions at the local sale yards, private sales on farms, and online. For its online sales, S&B’s accredited assessors bid on behalf of producers, or producers can visit the S&B office to view sales via computer monitors. The S&B team also offers expertise in water trading, animal health, property and clearing sales, and as authorised agents CGU Insurance agents, can provide farm, farm motor, motor vehicle, home/contents, business and crop insurance products. S&B are members of the Australian Livestock & Property Agents (ALPA) and the Griffith Associated Agents.
Riverina Water Engineering (RWE): In an effort to diversify its business and assist their members by offering access to high‐ quality irrigation systems, Yenda Prods established a joint venture with Gerard (Jak) Ormesher, Riverina Water Engineering (RWE). Also operating out of the Griffith branch, RWE initially provided irrigation designs and consultative services to local farmers. Following a significant investment in plant and equipment, RWE expanded to design, install and maintenance of irrigation systems for rural, domestic and government sectors. RWE also has an extensive retail section, offering a vast range of irrigation products, readily available to service an emergency breakdown for the corporate irrigation market. RWE staff regularly consult with the agronomy and horticulture teams at Yenda Producers, sharing knowledge and expertise to remain up‐to‐date on farming requirements. Through this partnership, RWE offers a holistic farming approach, keeping efficiency, sustainability and the future of farming at the forefront of its business practices.
Yenda Prods Grain Pty Ltd (YPG): Yenda Prods Grain Pty Ltd (YPG) is the latest business to join the Yenda Group. Established in August 2015, it is a joint venture between three parties: Yenda Prods as the majority shareholder, along with employee Luke Mancini and Origin Grain. The main function of YPG is to align grain producing shareholders with supply markets with a focus on servicing niche grain markets. Luke Mancini is a director and shareholder at YPG, and has more than 8 years of experience in the industry as a trader and logistics officer. He started at GrainCorp in Sydney in 2007 and then joined Origin Grain as grower merchant. His role at YPG encompasses managing the day‐to‐day business and accumulating grain. Luke comes from a local farming family. He holds a Bachelor of Agriculture Economics Degree from Sydney University and a Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Finance from University of Technology, Sydney.