What needs to change?

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Assume the shackles are off! Take away the barriers of time, money, history etc. and think about what’s possible. What, specifically, needs to change to get dairy to a better place in the next five years?

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6 months ago

The ADF needs to be disbanded it’s business model is no longer relevant or a true reflection of the needs of the people it serves . We need a new National advocacy body . The state based advocacy groups need to also restructure. Dissociate themselves from the state farmers org . They cannot just be a commodity group inside a state multi based commodity advocacy group. .a discussion has to happen as to effective our association with the NFF is

6 months ago

We need to reduce the hangers on which are adding no value to FG pricing The farmers of this day & age are all professionals with more knowledge than the levies they pay for people employed with them Cheers Shoey

5 months ago

There needs to be a mininum sell price in the market to force the supermarkets to lift the price up. Since the dollar milk has been in place, there hasnt been a price increase for dairy for nearly 10 years. What happens in the market is if the processor increases the price of milk to the shops to much the shop owners just go to the supermarket and buy it or have the supermarket deliver it. This has taken all the value out of chain as there hasnt been a price increase for 10 years and the costs keep rising to the stage theres nothing left. In the past before the dollar milk, the local market used to s...

6 months ago

As a small producer I see potential in how we could keep it ticking along. Think-outside the box:
A Dairy Hub (building) that is centrally located within each state. Each hub runs like an institute. It offers Youth Leadership programs for students leaving Yr 12 and trying to enter the industry; a Mental Health program for farmers to access; a Silage Safety and Feed program full of literature/data/concepts/ practices for farmers to access that includes insight from Worksafe or Safework; a Lowering Calf Mortality program that is industry run; a Marketing program that educates farmers on how to value-...

5 months ago

Hi all,

It's Milly here from the Nous team facilitating the ADP workshops. I was recently in Nowra and then Bega talking to farmers and others with skin in the game about the ADP. You can see a report from our conversations at https://adp.oursay.org/home/the-outcomes-from-each-regional-workshop

Some of the top voted ideas from the Nowra workshop included declaring retailers a
monopsony leading to government action and directing levy money towards united
and effective advocacy for farmers.
Some of the top voted ideas from the Bega workshop included finding a way to get an immediate and...

6 months ago

All dairy farm businesses need to take control of their own destiny and own their future. If you don't have a plan, get organised and use industry programs to make one. If you don't have an annual budget do a Taking Stock. We need to stop blaming external factors and work with what we can control.
So much industry help available and amazing research to access

6 months ago

-The industry needs one representative body, for political lobbying, as an industry regulator for uniform and transparent milk prices from processors regionally.
Milk could be $9 per kg, margins would be cancelled out with input costs such as water, fodder and grain and energy prices this season
-The industry stakeholders (farmers) need to take control by working together and stop being victims use our collective buying power to reduce costs.
-Agriculture in Australia was a $6.8 billion industry in 2017 it is now a $58 billion industry because of the drought conditions, still a big industry that...

5 months ago

A new and more agile strategy is required. Both the processing and farm sector need to put aside past mistrust and work together to develop a new industry. Over the last 10 years the industry has been at war with itself
Investments in research should be reviewed and revived. We need to change the priorities and move away from researching marginal improvements in process efficiencies of a derelict industry to reimagining a new industry focussed on high end value add products not beholden to world commodity prices.
The Australian dairy industry doesn’t feature heavily in the investment strategy of...

5 months ago

I think that there are some fundamental issues that need to be addressed, I'll do my best to communicate them in 400 words!

1. The economic model of the Dairy Industry is somewhat unique. It doesn't matter how successful a farmers business model is, it will always be limited by what price they can receive. This is especially magnified when conditions get tough such as in drought situations, when resources are restricted, costs (water, feed, energy) blow out, and low milk prices, in other businesses/industries they have the opportunity to raise the price of goods sold... dairy farmers don...

6 months ago

now this is the language the organizers of the Frisian club are using

We specifically think of them as clubs not co-ops because I think it's important for groups to exclude people they don't want. You're in charge of who is in your club.

"The tone of a co-op is 'Give us a call and we'll start picking you up on Monday'. It's the lowest common denominator."

now this is in my view will lead to some very serious consequences for the whole Australian industry. its a seminal shift in the dynamics of the supply chain . We will exclude those that dont fit our p...

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