Australian Dairy Farmers

President's Welcome 


In March, Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) marks a year since the National Dairy Farmers’ Summit. The Summit has driven industry focus over the last 12 months and continues to do so moving forward.

One of the initiatives developed from the Summit’s priority-setting agenda is the Sustainable Farm Profitability Report. The Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) commissioned Dairy Australia to produce this report, which aims to provide dairy farmers with tactical, strategic management guidance in areas which can improve their safeguards to increase business profit. To report will be released in April and made available online.

Carrying on from the ADIC Industry Leaders’ Breakfast in November 2014 – which was centred on the theme ‘Sustainable Farm Profitability and Innovation’ – from next month, dairy farmers will also have the opportunity to increase their profitability with feed efficiency. The new Feed Saved Australian Breeding Value (ABV) is set to save at least 100 kilograms of dry feed per cow, per year. I praise the efforts of Dairy Futures CRC and the Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS) for this world-leading genetics breakthrough. 

I welcome the new Prescribed Food and Grocery Suppliers Code which came into force at the beginning of March. This Code marks a positive step towards addressing the imbalance of market power between retailers and suppliers. ADF will continue to closely monitor the Code’s effectiveness over the next three years and we hope this is the beginning of a fairer, more sustainable, domestic fresh milk supply chain. 

Noel Campbell
President

 

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