Olsson Industries is the only family-owned and operated company producing salt in Australia. In addition to salt products Olsson’s also manufacture nutritional supplements for livestock, such as cattle, sheep, goats, horses, etc.
The Olsson family started this particular business in 1949 as a direct result of numerous requests from graziers for someone to produce supplements to meet the nutritional needs of their sheep and cattle during the severe drought that started in 1947 and continued until 1952.
Olsson’s 1st salt block was produced in 1949 in a shed just west of Parramatta. It was the first pressed salt block produced in Australia to contain a range of minerals and was the forerunner of all the multi-nutrient blocks produced in Australia from that time onwards.
Ever since, Olsson’s have been at the forefront of ruminant technology and education of the grazier about the latest break-throughs in this field. That has never been more true than today. Olsson’s continue to support the research and development of ruminant nutrition through University tests and field trials. Olsson’s have been fortunate enough to gain the consultancy services of Prof. Leng AO (Armidale University), one of Australia’s foremost experts on ruminant nutrition. Dr. Wayne Backhouse, Olsson’s Director of Nutrition, is currently working with Prof. Leng in research on ruminant nutrition.
Every year, Olsson’s sponsor hundreds of free ruminant nutrition seminars all over Australia for the purpose of educating the grazier in better livestock nutrition. Olsson’s also provide a FreeCall Nutritional Advisory Line (FreeCall: 1800 804 096) for graziers to call and receive free advice on feeding programs and problems that they might have with their livestock. Olsson’s are also very pro-active in educating the resellers of their products, so that farmers will always have the best and most up-to-date information available at their local rural merchandise store.
While striving to remain viable in an extremely competitive industry, Olsson’s have not ignored their responsibility to the environment. Olsson’s block boxes are now made from 100% recycled, unbleached cardboard which livestock are able to eat and digest. Olsson’s will continue to develop better and greener products and methods of packaging.