Jul 29, 2016
2016 is proving to be a year of contradictions for Australian dairy farmers.
As I spent a few days in Western Australia this week, I was reminded of the significant challenges we are facing right across the country and the remarkable
resilience dairy farmers are showing in times of hardship.
Western Australian dairy farmers have mostly been buffered from export oriented market volatility and have experienced a good season, yet they are not immune from other difficulties. Bushfires impacted the region and a growing oversupply in the domestic milk market led to processors telling farmers they’re no longer required. With limited options of processors that suppliers can shift to, these dairy farmers face an uncertain future.
ADF has been working with WA Farmers, processors and government, to help find a solution for these farmers as we know there are strong opportunities for the WA dairy industry.
Reflecting sentiments right across the country, it was heartening to see the amount of support for the industry at the WA Farmers Conference on Thursday. Even when we are under pressure, we are an industry that has the know-how and motivation to overcome these adversities and thrive in the long term.
No one is alone in these scenarios and we need to ensure that all farmers feel supported during tough times.
Over the past few years there have been examples in all states where decisions of some processors have severely affected farmers and reinforced the vulnerability of dairy farmers’ market position. It is unsustainable and unacceptable to expect that farmers continue to bear the full weight of financial risk in the supply chain.
We are working, and will continue to work, with all states to find a better way to balance this risk and improve transparency for the long-term, sustainable profit and ultimately, survival of the whole industry.
Acting ADF President
Feb 29, 2016
There has been a lot of discussion about investment for a stronger future this month, with a great deal of excitement generated by recent investments in Australian dairy.
Such investment will have positive impacts for farming communities.Investors may be interested in further value added opportunities for milk processing.
This could be a generator of new growth and development for the whole industry. Investment that passes our foreign investment regulatory tests continue
to the benefit of Australian dairy.
Importantly, our industry recognises that this stronger future depends equally on economic, environmental and social outcomes. Dairy continues to hold itself accountable by not waiting for change to occur, but by initiating positive change ourselves. The industry’s progress is highlighted by the Sustainability Framework’s 2015 Progress Report – set to be released shortly via www.sustainabledairyoz.com.au.
It was my great pleasure to discuss the industry’s performance against the key targets with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in late February
at the Canberra Dairy Forum, and to share more about our industry’s commitment to retaining our social licence to operate.
I encourage you all to take a look at the Progress Report when it is released in mid-march and provide feedback.
Part of tackling sustainability challenges and helping the industry demonstrate performance to the Australian community, is investing in agile representative structures. On the heels of a period of significant policy achievement, ADF is in the strongest position it has ever been. Much of this we owe to our 2012 restructure which helped build greater transparency and engagement with key stakeholders, particularly decision makers in government.
We recognise that there is room to further improve our representative models, to ensure that we can continue to effectively advocate on behalf of all dairy farmers in all dairying regions. The proposed National Farmers’ Federation’s restructure has begun this conversation and ADF looks forward to furthering this discussion to ensure dairy representation has a future that maintains currency, relevance and accountability.
Feb 04, 2016
The official signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Auckland, on 4 February has been welcomed by the Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC). The signing follows an agreement reached between the twelve negotiating countries on 6 October 2015.
The TPP made some gains made for the Australian dairy industry in improving opportunities in key export markets such as Japan.
The conclusion of the TPP continues a historic period of increased trade liberalisation over the past few years.
Following the signing ceremony, Australia must now go through a domestic ratification process. This means that before any binding treaty action is taken, the TPP text and a National Interest Analysis will be tabled in Parliament for 20 joint sitting days.
The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) will conduct an inquiry into the TPP and report back to Parliament on 'matters arising from the TPP treaty
and related National Interest Analysis and proposed treaty actions presented or deemed to be presented to the Parliament.'
The ADIC will provide a submission to the inquiry.
Dec 23, 2015
With Christmas only two sleeps away, it’s time to reflect on the role that dairy farmers (and for that matter all farmers) plays in the festive season.
We’re all looking forward to the cheese platters, custard, ice cream and all manner of other festive trimmings this holiday period. All of those tasty
dairy products have been produced by the dairy farmers of this country, which is milked and processed even as we unwrap our presents from Santa on
Christmas morning. Milking takes place every day of the year, irrespective if public holidays or religious festivals. Aussie farmers do this to ensure
that there is always milk in our fridges – 365 days a year.
So as you tuck into your Christmas pudding and add custard, butter or cream remember to thank an Australian dairy farmer who got up early to produce it.
Merry Christmas from Australian Dairy Farmers!