Most of you are aware the Four Corners ‘Milked Dry’ segment will go to air tonight,
Monday 15th August, which is a follow-on from the dairy price cuts that happened a few months ago.
As a Dairy farmer, we know the industry is not immune to the volatility of milk prices and as history has shown the prices will probably continue to fluctuate
well into the future.
What the majority of the public don’t see is how resilient we are. Not just as farmers, but as business people, as entrepreneurs and experts in sustainability,
with the skills to adapt our businesses within this challenging environment as best we can.
Behind the scenes, the Dairy industry are working together to provide farmers with the support they need during this challenging time. As an industry,
we are united in going beyond short term measures to create stability for our industry’s long term future.
An important aspect of this is the need for transparency and improved fairness by finding new ways to manage price volatility for farmers. We are working
to address these issues through simplifying supply contracts and improving transparency in the milk pricing system.
The ADF is pleased that the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP is proceeding to hold a Symposium with farmers, manufactures and retailers. The ADF will provide strong
dairy farmer representation regarding the major issues we face including $ milk, fair contract terms and conditions, and a world dairy commodity pricing
index which are just a few of the high priority issues.
There are unfortunately no silver bullets to restore our industry, but there are resources available to help farmers navigate the current challenges and
manage the impact of recent announcements. This includes the Tactics for Tight Times program, which helps provide clarity to farmers about settings
and seasonal conditions, supports key decision making on farms, and put farmers directly in touch with other services such as health and wellbeing
organisations. It’s important to make the time to take up these opportunities.
While being put in the spotlight can sometimes feel overwhelming, the media is a great vehicle to share our message with the public to let them know what
is happening and ways they can help. It is also a chance for state organisations and dairy farmers to let consumers know that they can show their appreciation
and support by buying Australian milk and dairy products.
Acting ADF President