About Gilmac


The Gilmac Pty Ltd fodder export business started in 1987 when Peter Mackie established an export hay pressing plant at his New Norcia farm, 140km north of Perth in Western Australia. Before 1987 the farm grew oaten hay to support its domestic cattle feedlot enterprise. Since 1987 an increasing tonnage of oaten and other cereal hay has been bought from other farmers for supply as Mackie Hay to overseas markets.

Japan was the first market to which Mackie Hay was shipped. By the mid 1990s Mackie Hay had become the leading brand of imported oaten hay in the Japanese Dairy Industry. Exports of Mackie Hay started expand to further East Asian markets from 1996. Gilmac is now the leading supplier of cereal hay to multiple countries across the East Asian region. In each of its markets Gilmac has developed close and continuing relationships with leading distributors of cattle fodder. The popularity of Mackie Hay with farmers in the these countries has continued to grow to the point where Gilmac now holds a significant share of the total market for internationally traded hay against strong competition from Alfalfa, Sudan grass and Timothy hay from the USA and Canada.

The company has maintained aggressive plant building and supplier development programs to keep pace with growing export market demand. Its second pressing plant was opened at Balaklava, South Australia, in 1993. Third and fourth plants were opened at York in Western Australia in 1998 and at Goornong in Victoria in 2001. Most recently, Gilmac opened a fifth Australian plant at Wagin in Western Australia.

Key factors underlying Gilmac's successful growth have been its strong focus on quality and its capacity to innovate. From the start of the hay export business top priority was devoted to ensuring consistent and reliable quality in every shipment. Substantial R&D has been used to develop analytical measures for key quality parameters. These, together with systematic visual appraisal, provide the basis for reliable grading.

Hay pressing and handling equipment designed in-house has positioned Gilmac at the forefront of operational efficiency in the export hay business. The company has also pioneered the development of the 'super conditioner', an important innovation in hay making equipment that reduces curing time and helps maximise hay quality.

In 1999 Gilmac added a second facet to its fodder business with the opening of a feed pellet mill at New Norcia. Pellets produced at the mill combine cereal hay or straw with cereal grain and lupin to meet the defined ration needs of specific ruminant markets, particularly domestic feed lotting of sheep and cattle and in-transit feed for live export sheep and cattle.

Gilmac shipping and administration are centred at the company's principle office in Perth, WA.