Hi, Milly here, I'm the Regional Engagement Lead for Gippsland and part of the team facilitating the workshops.
We recently ran a pilot workshop in Gippsland - this was a test run of the regional workshops that we'll be running across the country. I wanted to share a few of the top ideas from that conversation.
The top ideas were:
- Incentivise those who are currently disengaged to take part
- Identify what makes us profitable right through the supply chain
- Make a cultural shift to treat our farms as businesses
- Adequately resource advocacy so we have a strong voice
- Change our image internally and externally
- Build farmers' financial literacy
- Profitable and sustainable outcomes through education
- Greater farmer engagement beyond the farm gate
What do you think of these ideas from Gippsland?
Don't forget to sign up for your local workshop at https://www.dairyplan.com.au/get-involved
Hi Milly, the Gippsland farmers need to look at tertiary education. Monash Uni left the region because of naive farmers. International Students are a large potential income source if dairying could make the mental transition to including these Int Students through internships, rural tours, culture visits.. I am a former Professor of Business from Monash Uni. Sad to see such lack of vision. Loss of big business opportunity among the dairy farmers who are stuck in old mindsets Murray M:0407 536 618
Hi Milly Sound good on administrative glossy reports but depressingly more of the same. Dramatic change is needed. It all comes down to margin which comes back to price. Consumers must pay fair value, and somehow processors must be forced to return fair value to the farm gate. When farmers have money the rest falls into place. I find it a bit insulting to say we need a cultural shift to treat farms as a business. We certainly have our eyes open and have tertiary financial training, but there is something more... the farm is in your heart & is your home as well. If we all looked at it purely as a business did then a lot more farms would be on the market. Financial expertise can be hired if we get a fair price. Wny should we subsidise aust milk consumption off our backs long hours low hourly rates?
Advocacy is important but most farmers are disillusioned with advocacy groups lack of real power, connections with processors and all our levies go towards DA.
DA courses have been valuable but based on our levies have been very expensive courses. Why does DA not flood social media with FACTS directly refuting the lies spread by vegan activists. Free. I think the public is generally behind us but i know increasing numbers of farmers who dont engage on this issue for fear of being targeted. I want my identity hidden on the govt inquiry into this. VFF missed an opportunity with gippy goat to help set a precedent for its members regardless if that business was a member. Social licence is an annoying term that implies we have to beg for approval. People buy the product thats social licence.
Farmer engagement beyond the farm gate - few have the time - in what way do you mean?
Again, these are all looking IN at the farmer. Aren't they doing enough 7 days a week making your food? The real problem is in the supply chain power base. 20 yrs ago there were 20000 farms now under 6000? Fix price and you fix everything. Its all POWER imbalance. Government regulation or a single milk pool? Options need investigating. Why would supermarkets and processors give up their power voluntarily & pay more than the bare minimum? And which political party will be brave enough?
A farmer is like a stay at home mum. Trying to fulfil a mutitude of roles while being told by individual experts that they need to be fully competent in each area of expertise whilst being time poor and underpaid.
Can we please value farmers as farmers. Not just business managers OR nutritionists OR whatever because most of these "professionals" would not be capable or willing to manage all the roles of a farmer at the same time.
Well said. Paid a fair price we can hire expertise. Like most business'
all will and good
incentivise people to engage ?? the dairyfarmerer part of the industry is in the space where if people were going to ingage you would of throught they would ingage all ready either through organizations or people that can talk to someone that should be able to take the message further
Piont 2 and 3 that is what DA is supposed to do???
Resourse adovacy bodies .We need farmers to join a adovacy bodies so they get resourse to do the job and to find out what all farmers want.
Piont 5,6,7,8 all come with profitable dairyfarms then you can start to change
Milk price must reflect cost of production plus a margin. This margin is an insurance policy against variations in seasons and input costs. Milk price must reflect the value that can be extracted from the domestic market first with surplus to be exported. Heavier advertising of Australian made produce. More distinctive labelling of imported products.
Locally based industry research. Dairy Australia to move out of South bank to reduce rent and parking costs. Reduction in staff at DA. Too many analysts regurgitating historic data. Grain and hay reports to be culled, info can be found from other sources. Too much crossing over between Da, udv and add. Lack of clear distinction of roles and responsibilities. Processors to be removed from all dairy organizations.
Why do we continually focus behind the farm gate ? these dot points are vague and mealiness . They seem to be a dilution of some specific ideas . Because farmers have no real context to engage with they will be reluctant to take part
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