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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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9 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 .
Why has DA gone down the path of charging for coarse,s associated with or using DA Brand staff or resources . Why do farmers have to pay for the Advanced nutrition in action coarse . Or any coarse DA is associated with . Our Levey payments should cover this ?
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
As a small producer I see potential in how we could keep it ticking along. Think-outside the box:
A Dairy Hub (building) that is centrally located within each state. Each hub runs like an institute. It offers Youth Leadership programs for students leaving Yr 12 and trying to enter the industry; a Mental Health program for farmers to access; a Silage Safety and Feed program full of literature/data/concepts/ practices for farmers to access that includes insight from Worksafe or Safework; a Lowering Calf Mortality program that is industry run; a Marketing program that educates farmers on how to value-...
Put our product back in the lime light. As a whole the marketing and advertising element of the industry outside of the industry has fallen away. I.e.: unless you are a dairy farmer society have no real concept of what it is we do. Red Meat producers accountability and promotion is at a higher level than ours. Their products are highlighted weekly in media across the country on a variety of media platforms - the dairy industry has not been promoting to no where near that capacity. Overall image must change and work with our changing industry not against it.
All dairy farm businesses need to take control of their own destiny and own their future. If you don't have a plan, get organised and use industry programs to make one. If you don't have an annual budget do a Taking Stock. We need to stop blaming external factors and work with what we can control.
So much industry help available and amazing research to access
I have a question and concern about the dairy plan regarding what’s on the table and what’s not. Apparently a collective Australian milk pool is defiantly not on the table. I have been told this was raised at the Cobden meeting and rejected by the facilitator. It has been told to me that it would never get passed the ACCC and as such cannot be advanced. If find this a strange and confusing stance to take so early on in the consolation process. I think we need some clarity on this point.
Focusing on the Advocacy structures alone will not lift the milk price nor will removing DA. Now the ownersh...
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.
*Advocacy for farmers needs to be paid for by farmers exclusively or it is not true farmer advocacy.
*Payment discrimination based on production needs to end.
*Food security needs to be valued above real estate values and investor returns.
*The health of communities needs to be valued above the lure of cheap itinerant labour.
*Compulsory levies need to end and allow farmers to purchase the advice they require for their businesses.
*Free trade needs to be replaced by fair trade.
*The power of supermarkets needs to be significantly reduced.
*Real MINIMUM penalties need to be enforced for animal ...
We need to have a raw milk supply protocol so farmers are not held hostage to processors. Most other countries so so successfully. The media spin to pass the current law should have been stopped by our industry bodies immediately. Was a total sham with an obvious agenda to lock farmers into a corrupt industry controlled by processors and supermarket chains while being forced to fund it via our levies. That is what’s criminal
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