2016 is proving to be a challenging year for dairy farmers. Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) recently visited members in New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia, and across the country farmers are confronted with low milk prices,
increased input costs, and dry weather conditions.
This continued volatility is a reminder of how dependent farming is on a lot of things which are outside our control.
solutions frequently involve working to address the issues we can control, while also accepting that some things are outside our reach. What those
solutions look like will differ from one business to another.
by the Australian Dairy Industry Council and Dairy Australia last year provides some useful tactical management advice to help safeguard businesses
during this challenging period.
to the resources essential to dairying. Dairy industry advocacy has seen vital progress of late with the introduction of an ‘effects test’ as well
as a review of the proposed ‘backpacker tax’ and bringing in more flexible water policy. These are important achievements that will help deliver a
more profitable and sustainable industry in the long term.
Tactics for Tight Times provide a good vehicle for analysing the individual business and developing solutions.
processors and farmers have highlighted this issue as crucial to the future of our industry. I look forward to identifying ways in which our industry
can support our people’s physical and mental wellbeing with many of you at the Australian Dairy Industry Council’s Business Breakfast in April.
provide assistance where you can.