Dairy Contract Negotiation & Industrial Relations Workshops

Nov 20, 2014

NSW Farmers’ Dairy Committee, in partnership with Australian Dairy Farmers, will host contract negotiation and industrial relations workshops for dairy farmers next month. All dairy farmers are welcome.

Covering topics ranging from basic contract information; to collective bargaining and family succession planning, the workshops aim to equip dairy farmers with key negotiating skills and the ability to understand their contractual obligations, to ensure the smooth functioning of dairy operations.


  • Basic contract information and contractual rights for dairy farmers
  • Mediation on contractual disputes
  • Collective bargaining
  • Family succession planning
  • Employment obligations for dairy farmers

Key Presenters:
Keynote: Senior Counsel, Ian Coleman
Ian has more than 30 years experience working in commercial mediation, family and agriculture law. He is a former Federal Family Court Judge, and he is also admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW. He is a Mediator with the Rural Assistance Authority of NSW and also holds a Masters of Sustainable Agriculture (USYD).

NSW Farmers: Special Counsel for Industrial Relations, Matthew Waring
Matt is part of the industrial relations team at NSW Farmers and has almost 10 years experience in employment law and industrial relations, regularly dealing with large clients in agriculture and manufacturing.

Workshop Details:

  • Wednesday 3 December, the Grand Hotel, Bega: 9am-1pm.
  • Monday 8 December, Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, Camden: 10am-2pm.
  • Wednesday 10 December Casino RSM Club, Casino: 10am-2pm.
  • Friday 12 December, Muswellbrook RSL, Muswellbrook: 10am-2pm.

To RSVP and for more information, please call NSW Farmers’ Members Service Centre: 1300 794 000.

South West Ladies are Legendairy

Nov 12, 2014

south west ladies Dawn Waite, South West Victorian dairy farm owner The Legendairy South West Ladies Group gathered in Warrnambool, Victoria this week to discuss opportunities to support, mentor and upskill women in dairy, and expand connections with women in other dairy groups.

Co-established earlier in 2014 by South West Victorian dairy farmers Simone Renyard and Roma Britnell, the group is comprised of around 15 dairy women, each of whom brings different experience and skills to the mix. The Legendairy group aspires to give back to their local dairy community, as well as learn from one another.

"Each member brings unique experience outside of dairy to contribute towards the group. We aspire to support and mentor women in dairy – and between us, we have plenty of enthusiasm to make it happen," said Ms Renyard.

Guest speaker, ADF CEO, Natalie Collard presented on her career path inside and outside of dairy,leadership and inspiring change. Ms Collard also encouraged the group to consider how challenging career moments can often lead to your greatest achievements.

Co-founder of the group, Roma Britnell also presented at the meeting on her recent trip to China, funded by The Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation. The similarity between Chinese and European dairying, as well as the first class robotic factories, impressed Ms Britnell and were of keen interest to the group.

The Legendairy South West Ladies Group is hoping to host a lunch in March 2015, with more information to follow.

President's Message - November 2014

Nov 12, 2014

president message ADIC Chair and ADF President, Noel Campbell presenting at the China Dairy Industry Association Conference in Shanghai earlier this year. In anticipation of the announcement of a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on the heels of the G20 Summit in Brisbane this weekend (15-16 November), there has never been a more pivotal time for the dairy to ensure the industry’s interests remain a priority at the pointy end of the negotiations.

A number of dairy industry executives from the Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) and Dairy Australia (DA), including myself, returned from Beijing, China last weekend after spending time with Australian Government officials who were negotiating the proposed bilateral trade deal.

I am pleased to report back that the talks were positive and we are confident that in the event of a signed FTA the industry can expect the announcement will enhance future confidence for both the farm and processing sectors.

If we get this deal right, it will be a great opportunity to boost Australian dairy’s competitiveness on an international scale and support, and grow, the 43,000 Australians directly employed in dairy, most in regional Australia.

The ADIC has reiterated the mutually beneficial nature of such a deal, which will offer Chinese consumers increased access to a secure supply of high quality, safe dairy products from Australia, and has encouraged the Government not to sign an agreement that does not deliver commercially meaningful outcomes for dairy.

As Chair of the ADIC, I am proud of the acknowledgement and bipartisan support our industry has received throughout the trade negotiations. Dairy’s message has been heard loud and clear – now, it’s over to the Government.

For more information, visit: www.fta4dairy.com.au

ADF Gets a Taste of Bega

Oct 30, 2014

taste of bega Cows on the D’Arcy farm in Tarraganda, NSW are at ease with the robotic milking system. Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) hosted several ministerial and departmental staffers, including from the office of the Federal Minister for Agriculture, on a tour of Bega in October, introducing them to the dairy industry and ensuring that dairy remains at the forefront of the Government’s considerations when formulating policy.

The delegation commenced with a day trip to the Bega factory, where attendees including ministerial advisers and Department of Agriculture staff joined ADF and representatives of industry bodies NSWFarmers, Dairy Australia and the National Farmers’ Federation to discuss challenges facing dairy, including labour and skills shortages.

While touring the factory floor and marvelling at how efficient dairy production lines need to be, attendees discussed the importance of a pro-dairy outcome with regards to the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement and the mutual benefits such a deal would bring for all involved. In particular, the opportunity to widen the potential export market was noted as Bega workers packaged up goods to be transported to the Middle East, USA, New Zealand, and South East Asia.

Continuing on to the 160 hectare D’Arcy farm in Tarraganda, where robotic milkers have replaced manual labour in the dairy shed, the group of dairy novices were treated to a demonstration of owner and farmer Andrew D’Arcy’s six newly installed robotic milking boxes. The D’Arcy farm is the first in Bega Valley to install such a system and the second in New South Wales to do so.

At a time when dairy farms are still rebuilding herd numbers after years of drought in NSW, therobotic system is a spectacular example of farmers’ investment in the future of dairy. ADF explained the many other ways Australian dairy farmers are innovating, ranging from nutrition to genomics to margin-focused business models.

The trip was a brilliant opportunity for ministerial advisers to improve their understanding of dairy farming and production, putting the challenges and opportunities at hand for dairy in direct context and strengthening the relationship between ADF and Government. Following the trip, several ministerial advisers commented on the valuable insights they had gained into the dairy industry and that they now have a greater appreciation of the innovative practices in use from the farm gate to the factory.

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