Post-war migrants from Hungary, Mike & Kathleen Szepe and Philip’s Grandmother Judy Fadgyjas set up farm with a small flock of 2500 hens in Kinglake West. The business grew within the confines of Victoria’s strictly regulated egg industry.
The farm grows to 41,000 hens.
After completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, son Phillip Szepe joins the business. Kinross Farm is contracted to supply the esteemed Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) with eggs for vaccine testing – 400,000 eggs are initially supplied.
Philip and his wife Jane buy the business from the family and expand to create a new farm in Euroa.
CSL invest $150m in the Euroa incubation facility and egg volume grows to 27m per year.
Vaccine egg production begins in Euroa.
Innovative free range and rearing methods are launched in Euroa, Carisbrook and Wimmera.
A value added processed egg plant is built to produce liquid egg products. CSL global egg volume increases to 50,000,000.
A Kinglake West/Euroa Grading facility is built.
Free range hen numbers grow to 700,000, and across the farms there are a total of 1,100,000 hens.
Kinross Farm is committed to long term, sustainable growth in regional Victoria. We will continue to invest in our people and fulfill the highest standard of welfare and husbandry to meet the needs of our hens and to ensure we supply top quality eggs and egg products to all our customers.