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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8 months ago

Hi, Milly here, I'm the Regional Engagement Lead for Gippsland and part of the team facilitating the workshops.

We recently ran a pilot workshop in Gippsland - this was a test run of the regional workshops that we'll be running across the country. I wanted to share a few of the top ideas from that conversation.

The top ideas were:
- Incentivise those who are currently disengaged to take part
- Identify what makes us profitable right through the supply chain
- Make a cultural shift to treat our farms as businesses
- Adequately resource advocacy so we have a strong voice
- Change ou...

8 months ago

The ADF needs to be disbanded it’s business model is no longer relevant or a true reflection of the needs of the people it serves . We need a new National advocacy body . The state based advocacy groups need to also restructure. Dissociate themselves from the state farmers org . They cannot just be a commodity group inside a state multi based commodity advocacy group. .a discussion has to happen as to effective our association with the NFF is

8 months ago

With how the national dairy industry has now evolved both pre and post farm gate along with the now loss of any substantial farmer owned CO-OP. There is now absolutely no need for the Gardiner Foundation in it’s current form. The Gardiner Foundation and Dairy Australian now need to be merged into one unified body in corporating a new mandate and business model. We now need to act and think like a national industry. We need to remove any arcane thinking that drags us back to state based thinking , bodies or structures. We have far to much duplication of services and are top heavy with management str...

8 months ago

Scrap DA replace it with a single desk DairyBoard in charge of lobbying, marketing and research ?

6 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...

8 months ago

Here I have attempted to succinctly visualize what structure this industry now needs as a starting point for a clearer way forward with the now vastly different dairy landscape that farmers are now dealing with.
The Australian dairy plan now sees that Dairy Australia is now dived into four divisions focusing on specific areas of the Australian dairy industry. The Australian dairy industry will now come under and use one singular brand

It will show that the Australian industry is a unified and coordinated industry working together for the betterment of the industry. Having a single...

8 months ago

We need to hear what our leadership is thinking regarding the issues now facing the industry . This has to be a two way conversation. Our industry leaders individually have to be willing to tell us their thoughts on what has to change or not. That has to be part of the process. Our leadership is trying to understand it’s members but farmers also need to better understand their leadership. Other wise trust and respect can not be gained or grow

8 months ago

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...

7 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...

6 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...

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