The JT Johnson & Sons story began in 1923 when company founder John Theodore Johnson established a small chaff mill plant in Stockport, South Australia.
In 1957 he re-located the plant to nearby Kapunda in the heart of one of the finest hay growing areas in Australia. With the aid of sons Max and Clyde, the business grew rapidly over the next twenty years and in 1976 the company built and commissioned it¹s first Pellet Production Mill.
In 1962 an oat milling facility was built. Oats were rolled, hulled, clipped and graded and were produced for domestic and export horse markets. This factory ceased operations in 1990.
In 1985, under the direction of third generation management brothers Denis and Chris Johnson, the company made a major investment by establishing a new and unique High Fibre Pellet Mill. At the time it was regarded as one of the best in the world and this investment and upgrade in technology has allowed JT Johnson & Sons to formulate specific rations to suite customer demands.
In 1987 the company diversified slightly as it entered the Export Hay markets in Japan, South East Asia and the Middle East. Strict quality control guidelines and the ability to move with demands from the market has seen continued growth over the past 25 years.
In 1995 JT Johnson & Sons entered in to a joint venture agreement with Japanese company Asahi Industries to form Johnson Asahi. The company has a hay processing plant in Horsham, Victoria that produces oaten hay, alfalfa hay and straw.
In 2005 JT Johnson & Sons purchased a new hay production plant from Canadian company Hunterwood Technologies. This plant produces 25kg 1/2 cut bales, 30-40kg regular bales, 450-500kg Mag bales as well as a Bedding Straw bale designed specifically for Johnsons.
In 2007, following the success of the new production plant in South Australia, Johnson Asahi also purchased a Hunterwood style machine for its site in Horsham. With the latest hay production technology in both South Australia and Victoria.
In 2016, with fourth generation management brothers Robbie and Mark Johnson at the helm, a major upgrade of the pellet mill was undertaken. Incorporating innovate technology and practices, this upgrade haws increased production to around 25 tonnes an hour.
Production and sales volumes are now around 300,000 metric tonnes of pellets, hay and straw per year for the domestic, Asian and Middle Eastern fodder markets.
In 2018 Johnson’s entered a joint venture with Singaporean company Yarra Corp to establish Yarralinka Livestock Co. Yarralinka operates a feedlot on the Adelaide Plains with aims to provide consistent, high quality beef cattle to China and other markets.
The company is currently under fourth generation management and remains 100% family owned.