Need to remove the influences of retired and soon to be retired dairy farmers from the equation. They should not have been invited, there ideals and opinions are not relevant to the future of the industry. Their contributions have been phenomenal but it is now time to step aside and let the next generation decide what we want our industry to look like. We need change in our advocacy, we need dairy Australia and udv and adf all under one banner. One levy, one voice. Remove government funding and help deliberation of industry issues while still delivering R & D. We need more promotion of a clean green (although milk recall atm has not helped) industry.
We need tools to adapt to climate changes, alternative methods that nurture the environment as well as the bottom line
Possibly exit strategies for struggling farmers and farmers that want to retire but find it difficult. Also need to look after the productive land areas in the country and develop, for urbanisation, those less suited to dairy farming. Land also needs to be affordable, although unlikely to happen. Perhaps halve stamp duty rates on dairy farms.
Its a mistake to asume the wisdom of past generations is irrelevant. Age is not a barrier to good ideas and it can be how mistakes get repeated. Both wisdom and fresh ideas are needed.
Potential conflicts of interest with combining udv & adf (which is part processor). But agree conceptually with consolidating bodies. Stamp duty discount good idea.
As I write, just thought of a recent scheme (maybe vic only) helping 1st home owners get into the market. Govt funds a %, of purchase price, lets say 40%. Upon sale govt get 40% of proceeds. Perhaps a good programme model for govt to assist new farmers, with options to pay off bank 1st then govt. Older farmer is paid out- the farm is likely their superannuation.
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