Advancing Dairy Farming
Posted on Friday, September 01, 2017 - Category: In the News
Starting a new job (adventure) is sometimes difficult, particularly after a crisis.
Over the last couple of months, I have had the opportunity to sit down and discuss many of the issues that the dairy industry has faced.
Last year was an extremely challenging time in the world of dairy, both internationally and domestically.
Many farmers were hit by late season farmgate step-downs, which came after a difficult season due to dry conditions and increased input costs.The lack of demand and oversupply of dairy worldwide caused prices to crash which left many farmers with significant debt.
No doubt it will take the industry a long time to recover, not just financially but emotionally as well.
Now, when some dairy farmers may still be questioning their future I challenge all within the dairy industry to work with each other in collaboration to show our farmers what we can provide for their future.
The future of dairy must become exciting and rewarding. It needs to be driven by smart business decisions, strong leadership and the willingness to work through our differences to get the job done.
This will not happen by accident, rather through visionary people working across the whole supply chain.
We realise that some dairy farmers have reached a ‘fork in the road’ and are looking for immediate answers. It would be wrong of us to say we had all the answers, which we don’t.
Let’s get our collective efforts behind something we can do in partnership for our industry.
Advancing dairy farming is our top priority.
ADF Chief Executive Officer