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

PROFITABILITY. We need, as dairyfarmers, to recognise PROFITABILITY is the essential first step to sustainability for the ENVIRONMENT, for the PEOPLE in our business and our business.
We need to recognise showing cows, registered cows, and high production cows, are not indicators of PROFIT.
A PROFITABLE business facilitates investment to grow and improve the business, to undertake sustainable ENVIRONMENTAL practices and develop and reward the PEOPLE who operate the business.
Dairyfarmers are business managers who care deeply for their ANIMALS their FARMS and their role in the COMMUNI...

4 months ago

I am part part of this industry .....

I am an Australian,

I am a consumer of Australian milk!

The solution is simple:

The dairy farmers must get paid more for their milk, it is a no brainier!!!!

This additional cost must then be borne by both the processors, the retailers and yes me the consumer.

A liter of milk sells for less than a liter of petrol!

The price of petrol is not fixed, it fluctuates (goes up) with so called costs to supply the product why shouldn't this be the case with milk?????

Peter Barber
Leura NSW

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

Re the QLD Dairy industry, Port Curtis Milk Suppliers Co-op received funding through the Farming Together program for a Feasibility Study for a single co-op to market and vest milk in QLD and Northern NSW, completed the study, had funding to complete legal framework with authorisation with ACCC, but could not rally support from industry groups. Our key findings were -
1. Agribusiness needs more well run co-ops / there will be no competition issues as milk is trucked in and carted around everywhere.
2. Co-op would keep more producers in the market
3. Positive ethos of a co-op
4. Branding is key (...

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

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

All businesses must expand and create more products to stay relevant and profitable. The governments decision to remove raw milk from the dairy industry is disappointing and counterproductive for the success of the dairy farmers and upsetting for consumers that valued the product and happy to pay premium prices. Please bring back raw milk products. It makes no sense to remove a raw milk from a struggling dairy industry because of a alleged incident and allow smoking and other products that have been known to have no health benefits. Raw milk is a quality product that has a high international and loc...

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...

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.

4 months ago

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 ...

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