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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3 months ago

Business management advanced skills Personal time/ family management.
Learning to cope with change.. Nothing will stay the same.
Planning for Quality of Achievement.
Optimise capability of Technology.
Feed inventory calculation and management.
Forward contracts for ongoing supply of purchased feeds.
Human resources efficiency skills
Equipment planning and financing skills.
Water to Dry Matter efficiency
Why produce nutrients per kg DM and not just gross Kg DM.
Believing that 80% or more of genetic capability goes down the animals throat.
Planning for a dairying future. What are the key com...

2 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...

2 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...

2 months ago

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 ...

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

Investigate and compare the NZ Dairy Industry review act with Australia’s path since 2000.

https://www.mpi.govt.nz/law-and-policy/legal-overviews/primary-production/dairy-industry-restructuring-act/dairy-industry-restructuring-act-2001-review/

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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...

2 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?

2 months ago

National milk pool, with suppliers in control. Simpest and fairest way forward.
No longer have the processors dictating terms.

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