Australian Dairy Farmers
It’s been a busy but productive start to 2014 for the Australian dairy industry.
An increased farm gate price in some areas and new capital investment in the industry have boosted confidence in the future of Australian dairy.
Last month’s inaugural ADF National Dairy Farmers’ Summit built on this momentum with over 150 industry representatives, including farmers from every dairying region of Australia involved.
It was great to see a number of familiar faces on the day, however what was more pleasing was the many new, unfamiliar faces among the dairy farmers present.
Many a productive discussion was held on the sidelines of the Summit, as well as during the formal discussions which contributed significantly to the positive feel of the day.
The top three priorities identified by delegates have laid the foundations for the next step of the industry’s priority setting process, and the Australian Dairy Industry Council’s (ADIC) Strategic Forum.
I’d like to thank all those farmers, processors and industry representatives, including all those unable to attend on the day but who still contributed their thoughts and ideas, for helping to make the Summit a success.
We can take pride in our collective efforts on the industry’s behalf.
Looking ahead, the industry will celebrate the contribution of women to Australian dairy with the ADIC Legendairy Women’s Breakfast on Thursday 1 May.
This very worthwhile event will shine a spotlight on women working across the dairy supply chain, from the farm gate to the processing plant and beyond.
We know we have many inspirational women in our industry, and it’s time we recognised and celebrated the contribution they have made, and continue to make to our industry.
Elsewhere in 2014, ADF continues to strongly advocate on the issues that matter to dairy farmers.
On trade, we were very disappointed with the recently announced Australia – Japan FTA, and its lack of progress on key industry objectives.
All eyes now turn to the China FTA negotiations, and what must eventuate as the ‘dairy deal.’
Thanks for visiting our website. If you’d like to join ADF, all you need do is be a current member of an ADF state member dairy organisation and fill in the available membership form found on our website.
As ever, the ADF team and I will continue to travel across Australia to meet and talk with dairy farmers and I look forward to visiting a region near you soon.
Thank you for visiting our website. 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.