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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10 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...

10 months ago

What needs to happen regarding milk pricing and structures? All farmers must be paid the same $/kg milk price for their solids regardless of farm size

· The banning of milk swaps .The only exception being plant or transport breakdowns

· All opening prices submitted to an independent third party (Dairy Australia) one month prior to the start of the new season. Then announced on the same day via that third party.

· The removal of all forms of special payments, eg production incentives, growth incentives, sign on payments, loyalty payments etc from the milk payment system and structures...

10 months ago

Business management advanced skills Personal time/ family management.
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Feed inventory calculation and management.
Forward contracts for ongoing supply of purchased feeds.
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Equipment planning and financing skills.
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Believing that 80% or more of genetic capability goes down the animals throat.
Planning for a dairying future. What are the key com...

10 months ago

To make all the dairy products (milk, cheese, butter, yoghurt, Ice-cream etc) consumed by the average Australian requires about 1 litre per day or 365 litre per year.

2019 population is 25 million

This means Aus needs about 9.125 Billion litres of milk

This years estimated production 8.75 Billion

We still export about 3 billion litres of milk equivalent

The short fall is made up of imports from NZ, USA and Eu.

Actually, Australia needs an extra 30 cows coming into production every day !!


10 months ago

nutrition and feeding for marginal milk production. Having farmers understand the dilution of maintenance cost and how to fully feed a cow for profitability.

Have an industry/govt body that scrutinises all additives for their published research and science and provide that to the dairy industry so there is an independent body that is looking out for the farmer, preventing them from spending money of things that clearly dont work but are marketed well.

Collectively as a dairy industry, work together to build the demand for milk in Australia and how to supply it the most efficiently. We are s...

10 months ago

Processors need to cease discounting milk price paid through the spring months and pay a flat price reflecting the market. This will encourage profitable farming and grow spring milk (and shoulders). We need to learn from The Irish dairy industry which has successfully turned its industry around from troubled times by adopting a low cost of production, pasture focused NZ model.

10 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...

10 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.

10 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...

10 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

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