Tag: Dairy

'Still being dictated to' says dairy farmer of 'worthless' Code of Conduct

A Queensland dairy farmer says the Dairy Code of Conduct is ‘worthless’ in its current state after negotiations with a processor for a new milk contract failed. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Still being dictated to’ says dairy farmer of ‘worthless’ Code of Conduct

Push for new dairy levy gains support

Farmers want a 30 cent to 40 cent levy imposed on dairy products to ensure industry has a future. Source: ABC Livestock Push for new dairy levy gains support

There is opportunity in COVID-19, says NSW sheep dairy farmer

NEW South Wales sheep dairy farmer Cressida Cains sees opportunities for small farmers to replace speciality cheese imports with homegrown branded products as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts global supply chains and domestic consumer preferences. Source: Sheep Central There is opportunity in COVID-19, says NSW sheep dairy farmer

'We can only go on so long': Buffalo dairy farmer dumps milk, fears for industry's future

Every three days this buffalo dairy farmer says “it’s devastating” as he dumps thousands of litres of quality milk — the demand from restaurants and cafes is evaporating due to pandemic restrictions. Source: ABC Livestock ‘We can only go on so long’: Buffalo dairy farmer dumps milk, fears for industry’s future

Coronavirus sees the revival of an old practice

Robe dairy producers set up home deliveries, hoping to keep their business alive. Source: ABC Livestock Coronavirus sees the revival of an old practice

Country church moves service to after milking time, draws a crowd

Not exactly a case of a cow stuck in a well, but milking times were depleting the congregation at Freestone Uniting Church — until service times were shifted. Source: ABC Livestock Country church moves service to after milking time, draws a crowd

'Biological hazard': GM cows and the experiment that went wrong

In a paddock in rural Australia are five calves that look just like any others. But they’re not — they’re considered “biological hazards”. And this is the story of how they got here. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Biological hazard’: GM cows and the experiment that went wrong

Effluent-powered dairy to target Asian baby formula market

Insatiable Asian for demand for Australian baby formula has sparked a radical proposal from a Chinese-backed company to build a $1 billion dairy and milk powdering plant in Western Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Effluent-powered dairy to target Asian baby formula market

The rising cost of keeping Queensland dairy farmers in business

Queensland dairy farmers who have survived deregulation and dollar-a-litre milk are finally being paid closer to their break-even point by all but one major processor. Source: ABC Livestock The rising cost of keeping Queensland dairy farmers in business

This energy-efficient goat dairy runs on solar power, no kidding

When you buy your next block of cheese, it may have been produced using solar power — especially if it’s from a farm in the rolling hills of southern Tasmania. Source: ABC Livestock This energy-efficient goat dairy runs on solar power, no kidding

Dairy industry digests plan to consolidate governance

A major restructure looms for the Australian dairy industry, however some state-based advocacy organisations are concerned the proposal misses the mark. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy industry digests plan to consolidate governance

Local milk company denied major government contract despite promise to 'Buy Queensland'

The Queensland Government is accused of “complete hypocrisy” for choosing two multi-national dairy processors over the family-owned Maleny Dairies to supply fresh milk and dairy products to some of the state’s major hospitals. Source: ABC Livestock Local milk company denied major government contract despite promise to ‘Buy Queensland’

Coles in massive $5 million payment to dairy farmers

Coles will pay more than $5 million to Norco dairy farmers after it was found it had not passed on the full amount of a milk price rise, despite claiming it did in a marketing campaign. Source: ABC Livestock Coles in massive million payment to dairy farmers

'Pretty bloody hard': Local businesses in tears as another NSW dairy farm shuts down

With running costs out of control due to the pressure of the drought, a well-known dairy in north-eastern NSW has no choice but to close, and it’s not just the farm workers who will feel the effects. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Pretty bloody hard’: Local businesses in tears as another NSW dairy farm shuts down

Could glass bottles and milkmen make a comeback?

Ray Thomas was one of Victoria’s last remaining milkmen when he gave up his delivery run in 2011, but his old profession could be about to make a return, as governments look for ways to reduce single-use plastics. Source: ABC Livestock Could glass bottles and milkmen make a comeback?

Family-owned factory invests in dairy's future with the help of robots

At a desperate time for the dairy industry, a determined Sunshine Coast couple is staking their financial future on upgrading their processing plant and keeping local farms in business. Source: ABC Livestock Family-owned factory invests in dairy’s future with the help of robots

Chinese company to take over Dairy Farmers and Aussie dairy icons for $600m

The Chinese company, which recently took over Bellamy’s, wants to pay $600 million to Japanese beverage giant Kirin for Dairy Farmers, Masters and Pura and other dairy icons. Source: ABC Livestock Chinese company to take over Dairy Farmers and Aussie dairy icons for 0m

Cheese war over Bega brand heads to court

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has rights to the Bega Cheese brand until 2026 and doesn’t like it appearing on products newly acquired by Bega, like peanut butter. Source: ABC Livestock Cheese war over Bega brand heads to court

Cheeses recalled because of E. coli levels found during routine testing

Cheese lovers are being urged to return or dispose of camembert and brie varieties which have been found to include high levels of the E. coli bacteria. Source: ABC Livestock Cheeses recalled because of E. coli levels found during routine testing

Farmers pour 4,000l of milk down the drain as bushfires cut power

A dairy farming couple is forced to drain nearly 4,000 litres of milk — over 11 milkings — after bushfires left their property without electricity for days. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers pour 4,000l of milk down the drain as bushfires cut power

Former MG executives' bid to shrug off legal action dismissed by Federal Court

Two former senior Murray Goulburn executives are expected to appear before the Federal Court early next year, after a judge dismissed their motion to have the proceedings thrown out today. Source: ABC Livestock Former MG executives’ bid to shrug off legal action dismissed by Federal Court

'Buy local and pray for rain' says struggling coast dairy farmer

Coastal dairy farms are culling their herds because they can not afford to feed them while they and their communities feel the flow-on effect of drought. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Buy local and pray for rain’ says struggling coast dairy farmer

Fonterra rings up $562m loss, announces focus will shift across the ditch

Fonterra has announced a loss of more than half a billion dollars and called on its Australian business to “stand on its own two feet” as the dairy company shifts its focus to its New Zealand operations. Source: ABC Livestock Fonterra rings up 2m loss, announces focus will shift across the ditch

Infant formula company Bellamy's to be bought out by Chinese dairy

Tasmanian-based infant formula company Bellamy’s tells shareholders to vote in favour of a $1.5 billion takeover by Chinese company Mengniu. Source: ABC Livestock Infant formula company Bellamy’s to be bought out by Chinese dairy

Meet the families keeping the Australian dairy industry dream alive

One family has been dairying for 100 years and another is getting back in the game. What is it that keeps them so keen in a struggling industry? Source: ABC Livestock Meet the families keeping the Australian dairy industry dream alive

NSW appoints first dairy advocate in bid to help industry in crisis

Making good on an election promise, the NSW Government has named its first dairy advocate, who is vowing to highlight the pressures faced by farmers at both ends of the supply chain. Source: ABC Livestock NSW appoints first dairy advocate in bid to help industry in crisis

Next time you buy a high-end steak, consider an old dairy cow

Most beef you eat comes from around two-year-old cattle, but some farmers are singing the praises of dry-aged beef from what they call “vintage” cows. Source: ABC Livestock Next time you buy a high-end steak, consider an old dairy cow

From rowing to making cheese and the storm it took to get there

Going into the age-old craft of cheesemaking is not normally sparked by violent weather, but this was the case for a former rower, who now loves the “glorious, warm feeling” of cheese curd. Source: ABC Livestock From rowing to making cheese and the storm it took to get there

Buying a cheese factory becomes dairy farmer's success story

There’s been no end to bad news for the dairy industry, but one Queensland farmer is defying the trend by boosting tourism and drawing in droves of fans. Source: ABC Livestock Buying a cheese factory becomes dairy farmer’s success story

You're paying more for milk but is any of it going to farmers?

Dairy farmers say they are devastated a 10-cents-a-litre increase in the retail price of milk in July has not been passed on to them. Source: ABC Livestock You’re paying more for milk but is any of it going to farmers?

Europe's campaign to stop Australia using the word feta advances

EU officials want to prevent Australian farmers from calling their cheese feta unless it comes from Greece. But efforts to restrict prosecco to only come from Italy face strong opposition. Source: ABC Livestock Europe’s campaign to stop Australia using the word feta advances

RTI documents contained allegations against wrong dairy

Documents containing allegations of animal cruelty were incorrectly released by Tasmania’s Primary Industries Department as part of a right to information request related to Australia’s largest dairy. Source: ABC Livestock RTI documents contained allegations against wrong dairy

Milk processors compete for farmers in dairy heartland

For the first time, dairy farmers in the Bega Valley could have the opportunity to supply the fresh milk market as Lactalis and Saputo look to secure new suppliers. Source: ABC Livestock Milk processors compete for farmers in dairy heartland

'You won't be drinking Australian milk': Farmers' warning amid mass exodus

Australia’s status as a dairy powerhouse is long gone as milk production falls, factories close and farmers walk off the land. And if nothing changes, there won’t be a dairy industry left in a few years, one farmer says. Source: ABC Livestock ‘You won’t be drinking Australian milk’: Farmers’ warning amid mass exodus

Murray Goulburn settles class action for $42m

Legal group Slater and Gordon reaches an agreement with the former milk processing co-operative on behalf of 1,300 investors. Source: ABC Livestock Murray Goulburn settles class action for m

Costs and weather hit dairy farmer confidence and profits

Costs are eroding Australian dairy farmers profit and hitting confidence, with the number of farmers positive about the industry the lowest in 15 years. Poor seasonal conditions are mostly to blame, with high feed and irrigation water costs. Source: ABC Livestock Costs and weather hit dairy farmer confidence and profits

Milk recalled over cleaning product contamination fears

Eight popular milk brands sold in supermarkets across Victoria and southern New South Wales are being recalled over fears a cleaning solution made its way into the batch. Source: ABC Livestock Milk recalled over cleaning product contamination fears

Coles to deal directly with farmers, cutting out milk processors

The supermarket giant announces it will bypass processors and contract milk directly from dairy farmers in New South Wales and Victoria from July 1. Source: ABC Livestock Coles to deal directly with farmers, cutting out milk processors

'It's demoralising': Farmers fork out tens of thousands to feed cattle

Helen White’s cattle are bellowing at her because they’re hungry — while her Tasmanian farm has just had rain, it won’t be enough in the face of forecast dry conditions ahead. Source: ABC Livestock ‘It’s demoralising’: Farmers fork out tens of thousands to feed cattle

Activists aside, how does the general public view farm animal welfare?

A STUDY of public attitudes about farm animal welfare suggests that, while a majority of the public think Australian farmers do a good job, consumer attitudes are shifting and Australian agriculture has work to do to ensure its commitment to high animal welfare standards is understood…Read More Source: Sheep Central Activists aside, how does… Read more »

It took a farmhouse burning down for this father and son to speak again

When Tim Marwood left his parent’s dairy business it triggered a feud between his dad that lasted years. It was not until the family farmhouse caught fire that the men had cause to reunite and make amends. Source: ABC Livestock It took a farmhouse burning down for this father and son to speak again

Is Australia's once bountiful supply of dairy products about to turn sour?

Australia is home to some of the best dairy operations in the world, but an analyst has warned that without a drastic increase in production the country could soon become an “import nation”. Source: ABC Livestock Is Australia’s once bountiful supply of dairy products about to turn sour?

Iced coffee supplies running low as drought hits South Australian icon

Customers have complained about a shortage of a popular iced coffee brand in South Australia, with its maker blaming the shortfall on the drought and increased demand for milk. Source: ABC Livestock Iced coffee supplies running low as drought hits South Australian icon

'I have a cemetery, not a farm': Mass deaths of Australian cattle in Sri Lanka

Farmers say they have been left broke and, in some cases, suicidal as hundreds of Australian and New Zealand cattle die in a Federal Government-backed export deal with Sri Lanka. Source: ABC Livestock ‘I have a cemetery, not a farm’: Mass deaths of Australian cattle in Sri Lanka

Economics professor says milk should be $1.56 a litre

As the supermarkets lift the price of their milk after years of discounting, there are some who believe that it is still way too cheap. Source: ABC Livestock Economics professor says milk should be .56 a litre

Dairy farmers push for $1.50-a-litre milk

As the supermarkets lift the price of their milk after years of discounting, dairy farmers believe that it is still way too cheap. Source: ABC Livestock Dairy farmers push for .50-a-litre milk

Major dairy producer accused of 'severely underpaying' skilled migrant workers

Foreign workers at a Victorian factory are being underpaid, exploited and are too scared to report mistreatment lest they “find themselves on a plane”, a trade union says. Source: ABC Livestock Major dairy producer accused of ‘severely underpaying’ skilled migrant workers

Why cheap cheese is worse for dairy farmers than $1 milk

Dollar-a-litre milk may seem cheap, but there is another product on the supermarket shelf that returns even less money to a greater number of Australian dairy farmers. Source: ABC Livestock Why cheap cheese is worse for dairy farmers than milk

New $20-million dairy set to take transparency to another level

A new $20-million dairy and processing facility has built a cafe and viewing room to entice members of the public to see the dairy industry’s practices for themselves. Source: ABC Livestock New -million dairy set to take transparency to another level

Soy, almond, cow's, none? What milk should we be drinking for the planet?

More of us are considering switching to dairy alternatives like soy or almond milk, for health or ethical reasons. But environmentally, the alternatives aren’t perfect either. Before you go for an almond-milk latte, here’s what to weigh up. Source: ABC Livestock Soy, almond, cow’s, none? What milk should we be drinking for the planet?

Milk wars: What's at the heart of the dairy industry's battles?

When the chief of Australia’s largest dairy processor this week said $1 milk “doesn’t make any f**king sense”, years of lobbying by farmers were thrust back into view. Source: ABC Livestock Milk wars: What’s at the heart of the dairy industry’s battles?

Minister who called for Coles boycott over $1 milk owns Woolworths shares

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud’s calls for a boycott of Coles and Aldi until they stop selling milk for $1 per litre are brought into question by the discovery he owns shares in Woolworths. Source: ABC Livestock Minister who called for Coles boycott over milk owns Woolworths shares

Woolworths to stop selling $1 milk

Woolworths announces it will raise the price of its $1 per litre milk to $1.10, promising the additional cash will go directly to dairy farmers who have long claimed the bargain product is damaging their industry. Source: ABC Livestock Woolworths to stop selling milk

Young dairy farmer bids tearful farewell to industry

Third-generation dairy farmer Casey Treloar records a heartfelt farewell to the industry she loves, attracting hundreds of thousands of views on social media. Source: ABC Livestock Young dairy farmer bids tearful farewell to industry