Our Story

Since the factory commenced operations in 2013, the factory has grown to a small but passionate team of dedicated staff, both in the factory and out delivering our products each day. 

Saint David Dairy is the realisation of a life-long dream and years of planning of Managing Director Ben Evans. A Food Technologist from a 4th Generation Dairy farming family, Ben has dedicated his working life to the dairy industry with a vast range of specialised experience and passion for all things milk. Commencing in his hometown of Koroit in Victoria's South-West, Ben was awarded a Cadetship in Dairy Technology with Murray Goulburn, completing studies in Food Technology at Australia's leading Dairy Education College, achieving Dux in each Year of study. This saw the start of a wide and varied career across Victoria's dairy industry, managing Butter, Cream, Lactoferrin and Cheese plants. While living and travelling overseas, Ben remained in pursuit of dairy, including working on a Dairy farm in Southern Ireland, and visiting many cheese regions and factories. Highlights included cheese making in Bavaria, Germany, and 3 trips to Europe touring cheese making regions such as the French Normandy, Northern Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Spain.  

 

Family History of Dairy

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My Grandfather Tom Finnigan, the 7th of 12 children, started hand milking 55 cows with his father in 1939, near Port Fairy in South-west Victoria. 

After marrying my Grandmother Mavis in 1948, they raised 10 children at their farm 'Rossmoyne' in Toolong. The farm was the focal point of the large family with its distinctive pure Geursney herd, and being a beautiful property straddling either side of the Moyne River. 

 5 of my Uncles/Aunties went on to become Dairy farmers, and 16 (Out of 36!) of my 1st cousins were raised on farms, some of them taking up the vocation themselves.

The factory exterior at Fitzroy had a revamp in 2016, including an amazing mural of this picture.

 

 

  

  

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On the Evans side of the family there is also some strong connections to the Dairy Industry.

My grandfather Joe's first job was nailing together Butter boxes at the local Butter factory (pictured right).

My Great uncle Len Evans was a Field Officer, working for Nestle for 46 years. My uncle is currently the factory manager of Murray Goulburn in Koroit.

My sister & brother-in-Law live on a Dairy farm with their 2 children, and my nephew is a keen candidate to continue the next generation in years to come.