Australian Dairy Farmers
The contribution of Australian women to the dairy industry was celebrated at the recent Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) Legendairy Women’s Breakfast.
As a dairy farmer, husband, father and now grandfather, I have come to appreciate just how important and significant the contribution of my wife, Ann, has been to the running of our farm and the raising of our family.
Her contribution is mirrored in the efforts of many thousands of women involved in the industry across the length and breadth of Australia, whether that’s on-farm, in the processing plant or elsewhere.
The simple fact is that we would not be the $13 billion farm, manufacturing and export success story we are today were it not for the enduring contribution of women across every part of the industry.
As I was pleased to say on the day, they truly are Legendairy in every way!
Elsewhere in the industry, the focus on trade has shifted now to China and the enormous potential of that market.
In the wake of the Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), we are committed to taking up the fight on behalf of our farmers and the broader industry to ensure the China FTA becomes “the dairy deal.”
With this in mind, the ADF team and I will continue to beat a well-worn path to Canberra and elsewhere to ensure our politicians are in no doubt as to where our priorities lie with the China FTA.
As ever, we will also continue to travel across Australia to meet and talk with dairy farmers and I look forward to visiting a region near you soon.
If you’d like to join ADF, all you need do is be a current member of a member state dairy organisation and fill in the available membership form.