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

It would be worth considering that That Victorian RDP be restructured at board level. Instead of three independent regional boards we have one RDP board structure encompassing the whole of Victoria. It would have three farmer members from each region making nine. Then Three special qualification members as required. This would help with better co-operation between regions and understanding of the issues facing the regions on a state bases. It would hopefully bring about timelier project implementation across the whole region along with a more streamlined decision-making process

5 months ago

Supermarket loss leaders need to be banned the industry needs to lobby for there removal and the stop 60cent a litre cheese . The Australia–New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement, commonly known as Closer Economic Relations, is a free trade agreement between the governments of New Zealand and Australia. this is now having a serious detrimental effect on the Australian dairy industry along with all other Ag industries . It is now being abused buy NZ dairy mainly Fonterra. this now has to be reviewed urgently .

5 months ago

so how does this lead to farmers farming to the environment of their farm to have the lowest production costs and highest grass input ratio ?
from the Frisian club
"Balancing costs can be huge. Balancing from the industry curve to flat, this year, on the Victorian market, with a pretty benign outlook, costs two cents per litre and rises exponentially with more seasonal production. When you get to three-to-one, it becomes six cents per litre.

5 months ago

Silence from processors has caused the decline in farmer confidence. Missing is the longer term thinking and actions from the processing sector. Producers are left to watch on at the sort term actions that don't make logical sense and plan a long term strategy for there business. The success of this plan relies on the processors coming back and participating as part of whole industry, have been watching with anticipation for feedback from processor consultations.

5 months ago

Investigate and compare the NZ Dairy Industry review act with Australia’s path since 2000.

https://www.mpi.govt.nz/law-and-policy/legal-overviews/primary-production/dairy-industry-restructuring-act/dairy-industry-restructuring-act-2001-review/

5 months ago

Farmers need to step up and accept the role they have in inspiring young people in the Dairy Industry.
You can blame drought, price, DA and anyone else but yourself, but when so many backpackers are milking or 60 year old couples have milked everyday for the last year, why are millennials not interested in working on Dairy farms?
At the end of the day what can you say you have done to add value to your staff and their lives, how have you inspired the next generation?
The problem is people, are you making the industry attractive, are you treating staff how you expect to be treated?

4 months ago

Not so much something that needs to change but a suggestion which should also help other farmers.
Rather than having to sell off the cows it would be handy if they could be used as surrogate mums through embryo transfer. This could then be used as a means of rebuilding herds like those in northern Qld without losing the genetics they have built up.
This becomes helpful when the dairy farmers are paid for the use of their cows as surrogates. One way this could be done is using some government relief programs. (I would be prepared to contribute my small share to help c...

4 months ago

Sounds like the usual fantasy question,

I worry that Australia’s Dairy Industry has passed the point of no return with the milk pool volume we have currently, this can only lead to less efficiency for processors and therefore less money to pass on to suppliers, after all, Dairy Australia suggested 15 Billion litres was needed to meet this criteria.

Furthermore we have two major global ‘investors’ basically dictating our market whilst using their facility to ‘back door’ imported product, which some argue will eventually supply our population which can only deliver one outcome.

The ...

4 months ago

I feel Dairy Australia is telling dairy farmers what they need, and not asking the farmers what is needed. We need ideas from the bottom up, not dictated to by someone that thinks they know what is needed. Too much money is wasted at the office, too many staff been employed, and dairy farmers not seeing value for the leviy that they pay.

4 months ago

I believe we need an independent regulator like a milk commission ombudsman that reviews the price being paid to all the stake holders from production to the consumer in different geographical areas, this watch dog needs discretionary powers to implement penalties and or claw back. The knowingly unconcerned attitude from any sector impacts on the lively hoods of the least powerful in the supply chain . Maybe this would force more cohesive community values that are being eroded in the modern Australian society .
The ACCC would seem that it may have a conflict of interest as its charter ...

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