Bowmans Processing Plant & head office


brookton Processing Plant

Boasting long, dry, hot summers and modest winter rainfall, Australia’s consistent climate offers the perfect conditions to grow highly nutritious, sweet Oaten Hay.

Our main growing districts are located on the Yorke Peninsula, Lower North, Adelaide Plains and Mid North of South Australia and the South West, Midlands and Upper Great Southern in Western Australia.

Processing occurs at our Bowmans Processing Plant - situated 15 kilometres west of Balaklava in South Australia, and our Brookton Processing Plant – situated 130 kilometres south east of Perth in Western Australia; both served by efficient road and rail transport routes to major Australian ports. Balco even had a rail link built directly to the door of its Bowmans plant in order to ensure direct and efficient deliveries to world markets.

Proud of its local heritage, the Balco Australia Head Office (contact Us) is located in the picturesque township of Balaklava, 100kms north of South Australia’s State capital, Adelaide.

Founded in Balaklava, South Australia by two local farmers and two local businessmen in 1990, Balco Australia is now one of the country’s leading hay processors and exporters.

Passionate about driving the progress of the Australia Hay industry through product innovation and continual process improvement, Balco Australia became the first major Australian processor to achieve HACCP accreditation.

Consistently high quality product can only be achieved through the efforts of committed, experienced growers.  Balco Australia has developed long-term relationships with the most experienced and professional growers in the prime growing regions of South Australia and Western Australia.

Balco Australia has been the driving force in leading the Australia Hay industry through break-through product innovation (/moby), continual process improvement and new export market (/China) exploration.


 With our roots firmly based in rural Australia, Balco Australia is committed to supporting the local community through employment and the provision of export support and training. Together, Balco Australia and its growers are setting the benchmark in quality standards across the industry. With an exemplary work health and safety record, we put the wellbeing of our employees before all else.

A deep understanding of our customers’ needs and the expertise of our in house agronomy team has seen Balco Australia forge deep and long term relationships with buyers worldwide who have come to rely on us for quality, expertise and reliability.


Contact us to learn more about Balco Australia and taking hay to the next level