How much change is required to get the dairy industry to a 'better place'?

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How much change is required to get the dairy industry to a 'better place'? Minor tweaking? Major transformation? 

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9 months ago

Like many others I saw and heard comments, 26.6 on ABC about the State of the Industry. Closing of the Fonterra Plant was featured and story related to workers in the Plant, the Plant Owner, and ultimately comments from farmers, new Chairman and a serious comment predicting "failure" for the industry, reliance on imports and dissatisfaction with the Industry Organization generally. Situation Analysis "Snapshot" on internet also highlights problems. Law suits, Class Actions, Unprofitable Operations, Unfair Market "Players", and almost "unbelievable" contracting met...

8 months ago

Milk Should Be Produced More Humanely By:

1: Selectively Breeding Cows To Be Healthy, Physically Sound, Hornless, And Happy.

2: Putting Limits On How Much Milk Individual Cows Can Produce Per Year.

3: Using Hormonally Induced Lactation – Instead Of Pregnancies – To Produce Milk.

Lactation in Cows, can be induced, by a 7 day course of 17β-estradiol and progesterone.

Milking can begin 2 to 3 weeks later.
[Cows and Goats could also be selectively bred to lactate from false-pregnancies.]

Hormonally induced lactation is a proven, cost-effective technology, that is already use...

8 months ago

Key to increasing milk production is to move from processor focus model driving up farm input costs back tofarmer focus, low input costs model

Processing milk has seen a major structural change from farmer owned dairy co-ops to now mainly owned by international companies who have invested billions of dollars upgrading and rationalising the factories they acquired.

The dairy farming industry has also undergone a major restructure with fewer farms, increased number of cows per farm producing more milk per cow.

In theory such a comprehensive restructure of both milk processing a...

8 months ago

There have been many market failures in the Australian Dairy Industry since Reduced Regulation - referred to as deregulation

The one I am most familiar with is the WA industry.

This was written for the ACCC inquiry.

Increasing training, R&D and product development will help Australia return to a market leader situation in my opinion.

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