Representatives from Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) embarked on a series of national roadshows beginning in Tasmania on 4 May, in partnership with state
dairy farming members.
Comprised of a series of farmer focused forums across the course of 2016, the roadshow offers farmers the opportunity to engage with national and state
dairy member representatives on the issues most important to them and their region.
The roadshow is also an opportunity to get up to speed on progress and developments which have occurred over the past year, as well as talking through
the industry’s election priorities for 2016.
ADF Senior Policy Manager, David Losberg said the regional forums would provide farmers with the opportunity to discuss the issues of critical importance
to their region.
“Our industry is experiencing unprecedented challenges at present and we want our members and the public to engage with us, and ensure their interests
are effectively represented. Our aim for these forums is to help provide clarity on the policy support mechanisms secured on farmers’ behalf and facilitate
opportunities to make recommendations for future improvements.”
“Now more than ever it’s important that our farmers know who is representing their interests, and that we are tirelessly working on your behalf with minimal
resources to gain the results farmers need to be successful in businesses and provide succession opportunities.”
Since May, ADF has visited dairy regions in Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland. Queensland Dairyfarmers Organisation President, Brian Tessmann said
the forums were a valuable opportunity for members to air their thoughts and express their needs to the people who represent them.
“The ADF Roadshows are always useful and insightful for our Queensland farmer members. The most recent events in Warwick and Maleny were extremely timely
and helpful for our members who had a number of national industry questions given the situation down south.”
“It is important that we continue to work closely with ADF to continue getting results for our members at a national level and events such as these ensure
that ADF have the opportunity to hear directly from Queensland farmers.”
The next roadshow forum takes place in Western Australia on 26 July. For more information on the roadshow schedule or any other details please contact
Shona McPherson, ADF Media Officer via email@example.com or mobile 0447
Representatives from ADF and QDO speak with farmers at the Maleny Dairy event in June.