President’s Message – May 2015

water heating to milk cooling; harvesting to lighting, energy is a big cost on our farms. Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) has been advocating for the
Federal Government’s continued funding towards energy efficiency programs, as well as enduring investment in R,D&E in the Government’s consideration
of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions targets and policy.

Supportive policy could assist farmers in tackling rising energy costs, while also contributing to the dairy industry’s – and Australia’s more broadly
– environmental sustainability. We’re committed to ensuring Aussie dairy’s voice is heard through government policies that support our industry, however there
are also areas we can address together.

As individuals our decisions can seem small in the face of Australia’s global footprint, however when our community joins forces for a common purpose,
we can and do make a tremendous difference. Good business management can lead to greater efficiency and effectiveness, as well as a reduced environmental
impact. Dairy Australia has many practical natural resource management tips that are not only good
for the environment but also for farmers’ bottom line.

On behalf of ADF, I congratulate Dairy Australia for its success in receiving a proportion of the first round of Government grants under the $100 million
Rural Research and Development for Profit Program. The funding will be invested into three-year projects including finding ways to turn agricultural waste into feed, fertilisers and soil conditioners,
and the development of tools to help dairy farmers manage and select the most profitable cows utilising milk scanning technology. These projects will
contribute significantly to assisting Aussie dairy farmers improve their productivity and profitability.

It has been an incredibly tough month in our northern regions with severe flooding in NSW’s Hunter Valley and Queensland. While we may be able to control
our energy consumption, some issues are just beyond our power no matter how far ahead in the season we prepare for them. During times of hardship it’s
very important to remember to ask for help when you need it. While the water may be receding, the hardship may just have begun. There are many local,
state and national support channels available to dairy farmers both during the time of a natural disaster, as well as the months following the aftermath.

Noel Campbell

ADF President

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