Yenda Producers Co-operative Society Limited (YPC) was incorporated under the NSW Co-operatives Act on 24th July 1925, with 10 shareholders. The co-op was set up to deal with fresh produce and to supply farming requisites. In 1938, a fire completely demolished the co-op’s cool stores, showrooms and office block. Due to inadequate insurance, the co-op was almost forced into liquidation however, through the assistance of the Rural Bank and some restructuring, the co-op continued trading out of trouble through the 1950s and beyond.
The co-op has experienced its highest rate of growth over the last 25 years. In 1988, a second branch was established at Leeton (NSW) and a third branch in Griffith (NSW) opened in 1998. Since the inception of the ‘Australia’s Top 100 Co-operatives,’ YPC has maintained its position within the top 50, ranking at number 42 in the August 2012. In conjunction with the establishment
of the Griffith branch, a local stock and station agency, Spencer & Bennett, was purchased and incorporated under Spencer & Bennett – Yenda Prods Pty Ltd (S&B) as a wholly owned subsidiary. S&B operates out of the Griffith branch in an ideal location opposite the Griffith Livestock Seeing Centre on the Hillston Road (Griffith). S&B specialises in the sale of livestock (sheep and cattle), clearing and property sales, and is also an agent and broker for CGU insurance. The nature of this business has a direct fit within the core activity of the co-op and has proven to be a successful add-on. S&B currently employs seven staff, comprising four experienced agents and a trainee, an insurance agent, and an office administration person.
In May 2006, the Yenda Producers agreed to purchase a 50% stake in an irrigation design enterprise. The business was incorporated under Yenda Prods – Irrigation Pty Ltd whilst maintaining its original trading name of ‘Riverina Water Engineering’ (RWE). RWE is based out of the Griffith branch. It was originally created to design irrigation systems and provide professional advice to irrigators. Due to the demand of this service, RWE began investing into plant and equipment. Through this investment, RWE is now designing, installing and maintaining irrigation systems catered towards the rural, domestic and government sectors. In addition, RWE has a fully stocked retail shop located at the Griffith branch. RWE currently employs two qualified Certified Irrigation Designers, (one specialising in soil moisture monitoring), four installers of irrigation system, two retail staff and an office administration person.
The co-operative of today
YPC currently employs nearly 50 full-time staff, in addition to the staff of its subsidiaries, to provide the following products and services to its members and customers.
Agronomy advice: YPC currently employs seven tertiary qualified agronomists and six tertiary qualified horticulturists to service the co-op’s members.
Animal Health: The Animal Health Consultant team is committed to improving the quality, health and management of all Co-operative members’ livestock operations.
Services to members: YPC currently provides its members with cartage of produce (local and interstate), cartage and spreading of fertiliser, cow manure, and seed. Receival, co-ordinating and grading of dried prunes as agents for Angas Park.
Supply of farming inputs, including:
• Fertilisers – granular, liquid, soluble and gas (NH3)
• Chemicals – fungicides, insecticides and herbicides
• Seed – wheat, rice, corn, cotton, melons and a broad variety of vegetable seed
• Animal health – drenches, vaccines, and mineral supplements
• Hardware – including wire, fencing and a wide range of gardening items.