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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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7 months ago
My opinion is that house brand milk should not exist. Every drop of milk a processor buys from farmers should be sold under their own label. This would allow processors to create their own pricing and not be limited by supermarket price setting. It would encourage processors to market their own brand and spend money on promotion of their product. It would make choosing milk, as a consumer, less confusing with fewer brands and all brands owned by processors so they will know all their money is going into the pool for dairy farmers.
Secondly, do away with multiple representative bodies. One organisa...
Respect for the dairy farmer particularly over milk contracts and milk pricing.
Why is the dairy industry growing in Ireland and New Zealand, far in excess of the population they need to feed. Confidence at farm level.
We have to many ill informed and over confident leaders and too many ill informed and under qualified farm directors who have destroyed the industry. Many getting paid ridiculous amounts of money, while doing it.
What have we got; Some of the best dairy farmer's in the world, but too few. Land lots of land. DA is very well funded compared to the UK, so we are very ...
Gidday Im Lisette and work for a Landcare Network in Koroit. The issue I want to raise on behalf of our network and the farmers (not just dairy) in that network is this: there is very little shade and shelter on farms for livestock and very little funding incentives to change that. Why? Because most of the grants available for us to apply for on behalf of farmers, are tied to public benefit and/or biodiversity protection for a rare or threatened species. That immediately distances the farms from applying - because the immediate benefit is to their business even though the longer term benefit will be ...
Silence from processors has caused the decline in farmer confidence. Missing is the longer term thinking and actions from the processing sector. Producers are left to watch on at the sort term actions that don't make logical sense and plan a long term strategy for there business. The success of this plan relies on the processors coming back and participating as part of whole industry, have been watching with anticipation for feedback from processor consultations.
I think that there are some fundamental issues that need to be addressed, I'll do my best to communicate them in 400 words!
1. The economic model of the Dairy Industry is somewhat unique. It doesn't matter how successful a farmers business model is, it will always be limited by what price they can receive. This is especially magnified when conditions get tough such as in drought situations, when resources are restricted, costs (water, feed, energy) blow out, and low milk prices, in other businesses/industries they have the opportunity to raise the price of goods sold... dairy farmers don...
For the Northern Irrigation Regions a review of the MDBA , return to the original concept of a triple bottom line. Labour is an issue, everyone would prefer to employ locals in our community but if they aren’t there the Regional Visa for overseas workers needs to be fast tracked, make the it a five year minimum. this will bring new families into our regions. Our young farmers need assistance starting out, The Victoria n government s Rural Finance Scheme in the 1970s at Heytsbury and Rochester gave low interest loans to many excellent young couples. System change is occurring in the North both in ...
Investigate and compare the NZ Dairy Industry review act with Australia’s path since 2000.
There is a problem with a body with a huge influence in Dairy research the Gardiner Foundation being started with only Victorian funds and thus being focused on only Victorian farming practices disadvantaging other states eg Tasmania
Change is a shared responsibility. Change starts with the space in which we each operate - understanding what our role is in the industry and why.
Profitability will drive sustainability as they are so intertwined. Profitability is driven by sound structures (external to farm: eg trade; incentives; research) and production systems to suit each farm.
We all need to take ownership and responsibility for the space in which we operate.
The world has moved at a faster pace than many people can keep up with so farmers need to be engaged and have trusted impartial advisors to help keep abreast of innova...
There needs to be a mininum sell price in the market to force the supermarkets to lift the price up. Since the dollar milk has been in place, there hasnt been a price increase for dairy for nearly 10 years. What happens in the market is if the processor increases the price of milk to the shops to much the shop owners just go to the supermarket and buy it or have the supermarket deliver it. This has taken all the value out of chain as there hasnt been a price increase for 10 years and the costs keep rising to the stage theres nothing left. In the past before the dollar milk, the local market used to s...
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