Australian Dairy Farmers
Welcome to 2014.
A new year brings with it a renewed sense of hope and optimism for the future.
In the dairy industry’s case I think it’s fair to say that we start 2014 with a healthy dose of both.
A farm gate price that, in some but not all areas, is starting to trend in the right direction and healthy competition for dairy processors like Warrnambool Cheese and Butter (WCB) demonstrate a quiet confidence in the industry’s future.
For farmers in Queensland and northern NSW though, issues like the domestic milk price are still a major challenge on top of a serious and unrelenting drought.
That’s why we, as dairy farmers, need to be prepared to have our say on the future of the industry and the steps needed to get us there.
There is no room for complacency, nor is there any reason to think that any upturn in the industry’s fortunes will just automatically happen.
This March, ADF in conjunction with the Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) and Dairy Australia (DA), will host the inaugural 2014 National Dairy Farmers Summit in Melbourne. The summit is brought to you with the support of Coles.
The summit will bring together in excess of 100 farmers, processors, business, political and government leaders in a forward-thinking and consultative forum on the future of the industry.
The views of farmers from across all of Australia’s dairying regions will be central to shaping the summit’s outcome, so I’d encourage as many of you as possible to come along and share your thoughts, views and no doubt, good ideas.
Information on the summit is available on the website and registration is now open, so I encourage you to get in early and have your say in shaping a positive future for the industry.
Another key priority for ADF in 2014 includes continuing to strongly advocate for Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with China and Japan that deliver positive commercial outcomes for the dairy industry.
This together with a determined effort to knock on as many doors as possible in Canberra and elsewhere demonstrates ADF’s wholehearted commitment to advocate on behalf of all dairy farmers.
As ever, I look forward to getting out and about and meeting with as many members and non-members as possible in 2014.
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.