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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5 months ago

For the Northern Irrigation Regions a review of the MDBA , return to the original concept of a triple bottom line. Labour is an issue, everyone would prefer to employ locals in our community but if they aren’t there the Regional Visa for overseas workers needs to be fast tracked, make the it a five year minimum. this will bring new families into our regions. Our young farmers need assistance starting out, The Victoria n government s Rural Finance Scheme in the 1970s at Heytsbury and Rochester gave low interest loans to many excellent young couples. System change is occurring in the North both in ...

5 months ago

A national farmer controlled milk pool has to be a major focus with the now dysfunctional and declining milk pool . private interests are now trying to crate these milk pools as a reaction to the industries decline . This will have a similar effect that decoupling water from the land that has caused the havoc in the Murry Darling system

5 months ago

My opinion is that house brand milk should not exist. Every drop of milk a processor buys from farmers should be sold under their own label. This would allow processors to create their own pricing and not be limited by supermarket price setting. It would encourage processors to market their own brand and spend money on promotion of their product. It would make choosing milk, as a consumer, less confusing with fewer brands and all brands owned by processors so they will know all their money is going into the pool for dairy farmers.
Secondly, do away with multiple representative bodies. One organisa...

4 months ago

Our industry is currently in the cross-fires of animal liberationists. This pressure on our industry is not going away and we will become even more heavily scrutinised. Unfortunately, poor animal welfare is frequently used as an excuse to support a particular ethical stand-point. For example, people may be of the opinion that animals have a 'right-to-life' and use animal welfare as a reason to support this argument. If slaughter is done in a manner that does not cause prolonged distress, then animal welfare should not be used as a reason to defend this particular ethical standpoint.
As...

4 months ago

I attended the Warragul meeting. There was discussion of education issues and needs. The farmers at the table were very naive when it came to their knowledge of post high school education. I am an expert in that field so I know the issues. I was formerly a Professor of Business at Monash. I come from a rural background. I was previously an agriculture journalist in NZ with their national farmers' organisation. Farmers did not understand the range and depth of International Students inside the Vic economy as a source of revenue. They did not understand that Int Students were bringing in $9 billion...

5 months ago

Collective bargaining, in the first instance, is not the answer here. It will destroy the industry. It’s just the complicated response we have taken to a simple problem, being milk pricing and an inefficient and high cost-processing sector, whose product mix does not suit the milk supply curve they have pushed farmers into. The processors do not have the price premium to pay for it so they put that on to farmers to shoulder. That has to stop, but collective bargaining is not the answer to this. It should only be the last resort.

Going down this path will just make life more complicated and add c...

4 months ago

I think what needs to be discussed more and expanded more is the DEMAND Pool

Most discussion is about the supply pool. This is important.

But

No one in the “Rule Setting” arena seems to understand the demand pool or strategic importance of this.

The DEMAND pool (if that is the right word) is as follows.

25 million people growing @ 1.5% per year - this year it will be about 375,000 people ?

This year 25 million Australians will consume the following

They will drink 102 litres each

2.55 billion litres

They will eat 13.6 kg of cheese which will use 136 litres o...

6 months ago

Not everyone will be happy with everyone else’s ideas, but surely farmers have to be put first in all this, not last like they are at the minute.
Example.. which industry bodies/reps are in attendance today.... and are all of them getting paid to be there (don’t get me wrong we do need some of them in some capacity), at the end of the day the farmer is probably paying for them to be there in a lot of instances... well I’m at home running my farm because that’s what i get paid (although not enough) to do so.

4 months ago

In 2017, lion in FNQ lost a contract to supply a local hospital.

To sell that milk in Brisbane - the local farmers were forced to pay transport to Brisbane.

This is in a state which is not self sufficient in milk!

The forces of free enterprise - which the local farmers did not have any control
Of kicked in.

Commercial decisions were made which were not logical for the regions.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-07-27/atherton-dairy-farmers-lose-local-hospital-supply-contract/8748438

In case you are not aware - the Atherton Tableland has been identified by CSIRO AS an a...

4 months ago

Perhaps there should be a cap on the number of stock the farmer has depending on the size of the farm? Then the farmer should be able to cut his/her own fodder, overstocking will be curbed and the farm in turn should be more self sufficient. I’m not sure how this could be policed... just throwing the idea out there.

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