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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6 months ago

Dairy Australian levies made none compulsory

6 months ago

We now need to develop a farmer owed and controlled national milk pool . It would be part of a restructuring of Dairy Australia. It would effectively and effectively collect and distribute the national milk pool to processors and negotiate pricing structures. It would also negotiate the need for a National mandatory code as farmers will not have a direct relationship with processors

5 months ago

Farmers need to step up and accept the role they have in inspiring young people in the Dairy Industry.
You can blame drought, price, DA and anyone else but yourself, but when so many backpackers are milking or 60 year old couples have milked everyday for the last year, why are millennials not interested in working on Dairy farms?
At the end of the day what can you say you have done to add value to your staff and their lives, how have you inspired the next generation?
The problem is people, are you making the industry attractive, are you treating staff how you expect to be treated?

5 months ago

Currently I believe that there is an over-emphasis of the importance of genetics on the profitability of our dairy farms and a lack of understanding of how change in the genetics of our cows plays out at a herd level. I believe genetics is important, especially for fertility and health traits, but the benefit derived from improved production is simply misguided and over-estimated. The most expensive part of my enterprise is my land and I strive to grow as much grass as I can from it. I calve my cows down at a time that allows me to directly harvest as much of this grass by my cows as possible. ...

5 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 ...

4 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...

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...

6 months ago

We need to reduce the hangers on which are adding no value to FG pricing The farmers of this day & age are all professionals with more knowledge than the levies they pay for people employed with them Cheers Shoey

6 months ago

Dairy Australian is no longer fit for purpose. It’s mandate behind the farm gate is not in question. But it mandate to act on the industries behalf is seriously restricted with its current mandate and articles of incorporation. The focus obsession regarding the $1.00 for $1.00 government funding. . DA needs to be segmented into four defined business bodies organisations. With a independent farmer over sight board

6 months ago

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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