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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4 months ago

Milk Should Be Produced More Humanely By Using:


1: Selectively Breeding Cows To Be Healthy, Physically Sound, Hornless, And Happy.


2: Putting Put Limits On How Much Milk Individual Cows Can Produce Per Year.


3: Hormonally Induced Lactation – Instead Of Pregnancies – To Produce Milk.

Lactation in Cows, can be induced, by a 7 day course of 17β-estradiol and progesterone.

Milking can begin 2 to 3 weeks later.
[Cows and Goats could also be selectively bred to lactate from false-pregnancies.]

Hormonally induced lactation is a proven, cost-effective technology, that is already...

4 months ago

The consumer of dairy products has little transparency over the link between the price they are paying for the end product and the price that the dairy farmer receives. Consumers who are willing to spend more for products where the farmer is paid a fair price currently do not have the information required to make informed choices. Is there a way that the end consumer could be better empowered to support a sustainable dairy industry?

4 months ago

We need to change from a reactive production driven industry to a proactive market driven industry with the ability to manage price risk. If we look at the way the current payment structures work then it is an annual auction where the farmers don't really know what price they are being paid and the milk processors don't know how much milk they are buying, with the end result that the milk producer manages the price risk for the whole supply chain. In a capital and labour intensive industry, surely this needs to change in order to attract and retain new entrants.
For a proactive market driven...

4 months ago

Well our advocacy is now completely and fundamentally broken and ineffective now that the ADF has lost the processor funding with state bodies unable to make up the short fall . How do we now get some unity a plan? What will be the starting point for the change? Who will give ground and how much is the question. If history is any guide nothing will change no one will be willing to give ground in a meaningful way. Old grudges will get in the way unless some leadership is show by someone.



My thoughts are that to get unity started and to actually get farmers to want to engage and be part of thi...

5 months ago

Expecting the Public to pay any more than they absolutely have to for our product requires that we each never look for best value in sourcing everything we buy for personal or business use, or face the risk of being labelled hypocrites. They don't owe us a living and they will only pay the price they have to, weighing quality and value hand in hand, as they juggle their weekly budgets and family needs, and who can blame them?

5 months ago

One thing that strikes me as a pox on this industry is the way the production payment system is skewed toward the very top end of the tree, which in reality, constitutes a subsidy from the bottom to the top.

Let me illustrate with the following hypothetical situation:
Farmer Joe Blow P/L is a corporate, and has bought up 6 farms of average production each of 200,000 kg MS, making a million KG MS when combined, with production payment bonus of

Now consider the case of ten farmers, each owning separate farms but with average production of 100,000 kg MS per farm, for a combined production of ...

5 months ago

Secure sufficient water for dairy by getting water out of the commercial market where non-farmers are speculating with this essential farming resource. Can the government set up a core volume of water to one side for dairying? Also secure underground water by making sure key dairying areas are not subject to any drilling for gas.

5 months ago

A fundamental shift in attitude from our leaders is absolutely critical if Dairy is to move forward. There is absolutely no point in farmers battling away tweaking the edges to remain in business if they have no support from the people who can make or break them. These people have to have ACCOUNTABILITY. Unfortunately we have a situation where smoke and mirrors have allowed insufficient scrutiny of the legislative, regulatory and political failures which have resulted in a number of key problems. One such issue is the supermarket duopoly. It would seem that an ACCC inquiry in 2001 into supplier-retai...

5 months ago

As an industry we need to focus on having profitable robust dairy farms that can withstand volatile market and seasonal conditions. This may mean that some people in the industry need to change farming system or location. As an exporting industry free trade agreements are beneficial to us but we need to understand that we operate in a global environment and need a Cost of Production that reflects this.

We need to stop thinking that consumers should subsidise us having a higher cost of production than is possible. If we look over the ditch, in the low payout years NZ weren't asking for consume...

5 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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