DAIRY CONNECT IN THE Media
GEORGE DAVEY TALKING MILK LABELLING ON ABC RURAL
Our Chairman George Davey AM has appeared on ABC Rural radio to discuss our latest milk labelling activities. The audio begins just after George has been introduced on the program:
Voluntary code "waste of time"
Prominent NSW dairy farmer Adrian Drury has labelled a proposed review of the voluntary industry code of conduct as a “waste of time, resources and energy”.
Mr Drury, the acting Farmers Group President of NSW farmers lobby group, Dairy Connect, said the Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC), which incorporates Australian Dairy Farmers and the processing sector, should back the ACCC recommendation for a mandatory code of conduct.
Long trek of sharefarming reaps rewards for a dairy family
Have dairy cows, will travel. That’s been the mantra for the Kath family who have slowly made it south from Toowoomba, gradually building up their dairy herd while sharefarming.
As just a glimmer of hope emerges for dairy farmers that milk and solid prices might rise, the Kaths have struck out a future for dairying in a non-traditional area of central-west NSW.
Dairy Connect wants urgent dairy reform
While a majority of State-based dairy advocates strongly back an ACCC recommendation for a mandatory code of conduct for the dairy industry, the Australian Dairy Industry Council has turned its back on recommendations following an 18-month independent probe by the ACCC, according to a leading dairy advocate.
Dairy Connect Acting Farmers Group President Adrian Drury today described a proposed new Australian Dairy Industry Council ‘review’ – after a Government initiated 18-month Australian Competition and Consumer Commission review – as a ‘waste of time, resources and energy’.
Rugby's Miller says dairy a huge part of his fitness regime
Waratahs Rugby Union blindside flanker Will Miller marked World Milk Day this year by becoming a full cream ambassador for advocacy group Dairy Connect.
“Will’s a great example of the value of commitment and character and we have no doubt his belief in dairy will be a standout of his time as Dairy Connect ambassador,” Mr Morgan said.
Dairy Connect Ambassador Will Miller interviews with 2NM
To celebrate World Milk Day on June 1, NSW Waratah's player Will Miller has joined Jessica Rouse to talk all things dairy on her Radio 2NM show.
Will Miller unveiled as ambassador for Dairy Connect
NSW Waratahs blindside flanker Will Miller marked World Milk Day this year by becoming a full cream ambassador for advocacy group Dairy Connect.
The 25-year-old rising star is from a seventh-generation farming family which has lived and farmed at beautiful Berry on the South Coast since 1915.
Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan welcomed the appointment saying Miller was a living embodiment of the everyday health benefits of dairy products.
New age `milk' fever has sales lessons for real dairy
In the lead up to United Nations’ World Milk Day comes the alarming news for dairy farmers and milk purists that almost anything from walnut to flax is now potentially considered “milk” – and is growing fast in popularity.
Blatant use of the word milk to market plant-based products in Australia has been a red rag to many in the dairy industry, notably industry lobby group Dairy Connect.Chief executive officer, Shaughn Morgan, is hoping milk’s value as a cost effective, genuinely healthy product attracts some well deserved publicity on World Milk Day (June 1).
Dairy conflict: ADF and processors review voluntary code instead
Australia's joint dairy farmer and processor lobby group, the Australian Dairy Industry Council, has launched a review into its 12-month-old voluntary code of conduct, despite calls for it to be replaced with a legally-binding mandatory code.
Rival dairy advocacy group Dairy Connect branded the review a “waste of time and resources”. “The voluntary industry code currently operating has been an abject failure. It has died and should be put to rest,” Dairy Connect acting president Adrian Drury said.
The future of dairy is in our hands, although recent news makes me question this statement.
I have read, with great concern, the lack of national dairy leadership being demonstrated by those in elected positions. Why is this so?
There is no easy answer to this question, but rather many years of systemic institutional decay.
Australia's largest livestock lobby groups are refusing to adopt reforms that would deliver greater competition and transparency to farmers.
The country’s competition watchdog has declared that refusal may be due to the nation’s peak beef and dairy lobby groups being seriously conflicted by receiving funding from farmers as well as processors...
...NSW Dairy Connect president Graham Forbes said the voluntary code was weak and farmers were being ignored.
“Even those (processors) who signed up to it aren’t abiding by it,” Mr Forbes said.
Dairy farmers are angry about the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's decision not to take any action on dollar-a-litre milk. According to ABC Online, ACCC agricultural commissioner Mick Keogh, in his final report on the issue, said there was no evidence that supermarkets were trying to manipulate the farm gate price by selling cheap milk.
"We understand that farmers are incensed because it devalues the work they do and the value of their product, but aside from that we think it is a bit of a distraction in terms of what's happening in the industry more generally," Mr Keogh said.
Mr Keogh said he wanted action on a mandatory code of conduct in the dairy industry, despite processors preferring to develop a voluntary code. He said it would reduce the power imbalance between farmers and processors and help to "change the culture of behaviour".
Dairy processors say a voluntary code with an independent mediator is all that is required to safeguard farmer's interests. That is not enough for New South Wales dairy lobby group Dairy Connect, however.
It's not $1 per litre milk hurting Australian farmers so much as trying to deal with powerful large-scale processors, a report by the competition watchdog has found.
Recommending a new code of conduct to govern how processors deal with farmers, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's final report from its dairy inquiry describes a range of “market failures” stemming from the power imbalance between large-scale dairy processors and dairy farmers who supply them with milk...
...Additionally, Dairy Connect President Graham Forbes, a Norco supplier from Barrington, said the Federal Government should implement a mandatory code.
"I think most of the organisations that represent dairy farmers throughout Australia are in support of a mandatory code," he said.
"We need stronger arrangements between farmers and processors to correct the imbalance of power."
Canadian dairy processor Saputo has a unique opportunity to play a pivotal role in reforming the Australian dairy industry following its pending takeover of Murray Goulburn, according to a key industry group.
Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan believes there is need for change particularly in introducing transparency and fairness to contracts between farmers and processors.
Australian dairy companies should not assume that Chinese consumers will always show a preference for imported Australian and New Zealand milk, according to Credit Suisse’s Chinese consumer research chief Charlie Chen.
Mr Chen said Chinese consumers had recovered from their aversion to locally produced milk following the 2008 melamine contamination scandal, and now regarded most local dairy products as safe.
Less than six months into the job, the Norco co-operative’s new chief executive officer has inexplicably left the business. Ben White’s resignation from the NSW-Queensland dairy and farm services business on Monday is the second sudden departure from the role, with Brett Kelly leaving in late September after almost 10 years at the helm. Mr White’s unforeseen exit has added to an already frustrated and uneasy mood within the dairy sector in northern NSW and southern Queensland.
Dairy Connect’s Mr Forbes, whose family milks more than 700 cows at Gloucester on the NSW Mid North Coast, said many farmers believed Mr White was keen to modernise the co-op’s culture and infrastructure so it could compete head to head with the multinational corporates now dominating Australia’s dairy industry.
Upper Hunter dairy farmers are feeling the pinch not only because of little decent rain.
Dairy Connect is an advocacy body for the fairy farmer industry in the Hunter and throughout NSW and they're calling for a better and fairer way forward when it comes to the relationship between dairy farmers, processors and the retailers.
Farm gate price is proving a challenge for many local farmers and Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan said there needs to be a more focussed way forward.
After more than 100 years on the land, the Gee family is walking off its Hunter Valley dairy farm at Jerrys Plains, blaming low milk prices and rising costs.
Three generations are employed in the family business, including grandparents Colin and Rita, their sons Paul and Shane, and their four granddaughters.
"I thought I would have had kids, they would grow up and maybe take over the farm, but yeah, it's not going that way," 23-year-old Samantha Gee said.
"It's really sad. It's absolutely devastating to be honest."
Australian dairy advocacy group Dairy Connect is urging industry stakeholders to support a new public consultation initiative by global dairy agency the Dairy Sustainability Framework.
Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan said today the DSF played a critical worldwide role in fostering and informing sustainable production of peak nutrition dairy products.
President of the Farmers' Group, Graham Forbes, has appeared on 2GB national rural news to discuss the ongoing drought conditions across NSW and how dairy farmers are being severely affected.
The advocacy group that represents dairy farmers across NSW is “extremely concerned” about the mental health of Hunter producers battling a drought that started almost a year ago.
Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan said farmers and their families should “reach out for help” from friends, neighbours or health service providers if they think the situation is getting on top of them.
"The merciless drought that has sucked the life out of farms in the NSW Upper Hunter across a large swathe of farmland in three states was battering the normally optimistic outlook of primary producers in important farming regions.
This is the message from advocacy group Dairy Connect Farmers Group president and Gloucester farmer Graham Forbes who called on the NSW Department of Primary Industries and other relevant State bodies to be conscious of the psychological toll drought was having on our farmers..."
Responding to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) interim dairy industry review, advocacy group Dairy Connect has called for simplified, single document contracts between dairy processors and producers.
SYDNEY - Australian beef and dairy farmers are facing a growing threat from the emerging global taste for "substitute" meat and milk products which are often derived from plants and nuts rather than animals.
A group which represents the dairy industry, Dairy Connect, has been running a campaign for "truth in labelling" targeting non-dairy products made from soy, cashew, almond, oat, hemp, rice and coconut extracts. It wants these products to be barred from using labels such as milk, cheese, yoghurt or cream.
DAIRY industry groups have mixed views on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s key recommendation of a mandatory code of conduct to replace the voluntary code.
Alternative Victorian lobby group Farmer Power and NSW’s Dairy Connect have backed the introduction of a mandatory code of conduct.
Dairy farmers get paid the same whether milk is sold for $1 per litre or at a higher premium. But they stand to benefit from a mandatory code of conduct, the ACCC says, as it would correct a power imbalance that allows them to be taken advantage of.
Dairy Connect, a lobby group for NSW dairy farmers, welcomed the findings of the interim report.
The way two Manning businesses implement technology to enhance their operations was showcased during industry walk-throughs organised by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC).
Twenty people, representing Dairy Connect, Robotics Systems, TAFE NSW, SMC Pneumatics, the Australian Industry Group, Advance Gloucester and others, visited the fully automated Drury farm at Upper Lansdowne and Croker Oars at Oxley Island.
A mood of cautious optimism is creeping through the dairy industry in the run-up to Christmas, according to Shaughn Morgan, CEO of advocacy group Dairy Connect.
“It’s taken around 18 months for producers to begin to recover from the price cut shocks delivered by the Murray Goulburn Co-operative and by Fonterra in April 2016 but there is still a way to go,” he said.
Gloucester residents and community groups, as well as, organisations outside the region had a chance to express views, either for or against, the proposed Rocky Hill Coal Mine in Gloucester.
On Wednesday, 25 speakers addressed the committee, including representatives from Doctors for the Environment Australia, Environmental Justice Australia, Lock the Gate Alliance, Tourism Advancing Gloucester, Purfleet Taree Local Aboriginal Council and Dairy Connect.
ERIC Reynolds has always wanted to return to Toora to find out whether residents near Bonlac Foods’ former factory in South Gippsland have healthy teeth.
About 30 years ago, the University of Melbourne dental researcher was working with the dairy company, now owned by Fonterra, to produce a unique form of calcium found in a protein in cow’s milk that he had discovered could repair and strengthen tooth enamel.
Australia’s energy crisis is helping forge new alliances between the dairy sector and industry groups hit by soaring prices and renewable energy suppliers keen to reach out to new markets.
Industry advocacy group, Dairy Connect, and renewables supplier, Solar Bay, recently announced an alliance designed ultimately to build dairy producer solar energy technologies and funding packages.
Australian manufacturers of beverages made from soybean, almond, rice and other plant-based non-milk sources seem likely to bow to dairy sector pressure and drop the term “milk” from their labels.
A groundswell of northern hemisphere reaction against the word milk used to describe imitation dairy products now has local processors also thinking twice about the need for the term in Australian and New Zealand.
"...Running a dairy farm has always been an expensive undertaking. There is the cost of the cattle, feed, irrigation, as well as the price of running the dairy, cleaning, and keeping milk cool. But as power prices continue to ratchet up, Mr Williams said some farmers, including himself, could be forced to consider their futures if no relief came..."
The NSW dairy advocacy group, Dairy Connect, has announced they would link with renewable energy companies to develop ways to provide relief for farmers feeling the high power price pinch. Part of their aim included researching and developing renewable energy technology that could help.
Australia’s energy crisis is helping forge new alliances between the dairy sector and renewable energy suppliers keen to reach out to new markets.
Industry advocacy group Dairy Connect and renewables supplier Solar Bay have this week announced an alliance designed to build dairy producer solar energy technologies and funding packages.
CEO Shaughn Morgan has appeared on ABC News to discuss Dairy Connect's push for fairer milk labelling in Australia. Read more about the movement at www.change.org/p/taking-a-stand-for-real-milk.
IF IT doesn't come from the udder of a hoofed farm animal can it be called milk?
Dairy Connect, a dairy farmers advocacy group, doesn't think so.
It launched a petition to pressure the Federal Government to ban soy, almond, rice and coconut milk producers from using the word "milk” on their labelling.
Australian dairy farmers have joined an international push to ban the term “milk” from being used to describe soy, rice, oat, nut and other plant extracts.
“These products are trying to imitate milk when they’re clearly not,” Dairy Connect farmer president Graham Forbes said.
“They should not be marketed using the term ‘milk’.”
Dairy Connect, which has the backing of local processors, met advisers from Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s office last week seeking support.
Dairy sector lobby groups are keen to see the competition watchdog further scrutinise the effectiveness of Australia’s new voluntary code of practice between milk processors and dairy farmers.
NSW-based Dairy Connect has thrown its weight behind the recently released findings of the Senate standing committees on economics inquiry into the dairy industry.
Advocacy group Dairy Connect has thrown its weight behind the findings of the Senate Standing Committees on Economics inquiry into the Dairy Industry presented in Parliament tonight.
A total of 12 recommendations arising from the far-reaching review were tabled as part of the Senate package.
SCRAPPING the proposed dairy commodity price index was one of 12 recommendations from a Senate committee report into the dairy industry released last night.
Dairy Connect chief executive Shaughn Morgan said, in a statement, the Senate recommendations were “largely in line with a written Dairy Connect submission provided last November and face-to-face evidence given to the to the review by Graham Forbes, president, Dairy Connect Farmers Group in Brisbane earlier this year.”
Farmers are taking their campaign against “fake” milk products direct to consumers.
Buoyed by a European Court decision banning the word “milk” being used on plant extract products such as almond-based drinks, NSW-based dairy advocacy group Dairy Connect has launched a Change.org online petition.
"When you think of milk you think of a white liquid that's come from an animal," Victorian dairy farmer Raelene Hanratty said. She is one of many dairy farmers around the country who want to reclaim the word 'milk'.
Ms Hanratty is supporting a new online petition being run by farmer lobby group Dairy Connect, to tighten the definition and use of the word milk in labelling in Australia...
Industry advocacy group Dairy Connect has called on farmers, academics, industry stakeholders and research institutions to take advantage of innovation project funding available in this year’s NSW Government Dairy Industry Fund...
The dairy industry moved on Friday to attempt to stop retrospective price cuts being imposed on farmers.
Agricultural advocacy group Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan said on first-reading the move appeared to be a good first step on setting guidelines for commercial arrangements between value chain stakeholders in the dairy industry.
A winter “as close as perfect as you can get” was followed by a spring that tapered off and then hot and humid summer conditions in northern NSW.
Dairy Connect director and Casino dairy farmer Terry Toohey said the heat impacted herd fertility. A late summer cyclone cost dairy farmers in the worst-hit areas of Lismore and Murwillumbah, Mr Toohey said, and he anticipated it would take a year for these farm businesses to recover. The “only positive” was it gave farmers an autumn break. Describing the autumn as “fair”, Mr Toohey said mild temperatures had meant kikuyu grasses had continued to grow, hampering growth of young ryegrass.
DAIRYING touches the lives of a billion people around the world, with 121 million farms supporting a long tradition of milk production.
An incredible 600 million people live on dairy farms and 400 million additional people are supported by the full time jobs that are created from the sector.
Those are just a few of the staggering facts NSW Dairy Connect has highlighted to celebrate World Dairy Day today.
Chief executive officer Shaughn Morgan said the dairy industry directly employed nearly 40,000 Australians on farms and in factories, while more than 100,000 were indirectly employed in linked service industries.
Dairy farmers lobby for ban on soy and almond drinks being called 'milk'
The labelling of plant-based milk alternatives is being protested by agricultural advocacy group Dairy Connect, which argues the products are confusing consumers.The push is being backed by farmers of camel, buffalo, sheep and goat milk, who agree the term "milk" is misleading, deceptive and harmful to the dairy industry.
Following in the footsteps of a similar bill in the United States, the NSW-based lobby group is calling for a "truth in labelling" law to stop companies from using the ambiguous term.
Milk substitutes are peddling a myth — and hurting the real stuff. Imitation may be the greatest form of flattery, but it’s certainly not a compliment when it costs an industry hundreds of millions of dollars.
Dairy Connect chief executive Shaughn Morgan says non-dairy products lack the health benefits and nutrition fresh cow’s milk provide and using the word “milk” to describe products from plant sources, such as soy, oat and almond, dupes consumers into thinking they are equally as beneficial.
Dairy Connect, an Australian dairy lobby group, is calling for a “truth in labelling crackdown” on the way the word “milk” is used and abused by makers of plant-based products.
The issue has been raised at a Senate inquiry hearing into the dairy industry.
The dairy group says “milk” is defined by Food Standards as the mammary secretion of milking animals and its use on soy and almond products was confusing consumers.
Australia’s dairy farmers are calling for a “truth in labelling crackdown” on the way the word “milk” is used by makers of plant-based milk products.
Dairy Connect, a lobby group for New South Wales dairy farmers, says “milk” is defined by Food Standards as the mammary secretion of milking animals, and the use of the term on plant-based products was confusing consumers.
“We’re not trying to constrict a product, it’s about appropriate labelling so that whether it’s milked from a mammal or a product from a plant, people can make an informed decision,” says its chief executive Shaughn Morgan.
Australia's dairy farmers are calling for a "truth in labelling crackdown" on the way the word "milk" is used by makers of plant-based milk products.
Dairy Connect, a lobby group for NSW dairy farmers, says "milk" is defined by Food Standards as the mammary secretion of milking animals, and the use of the term on products such as soy and almond milks was confusing consumers.
Dairy farmers are not only being urged to speak up now that a substantial fair trading review into their industry is underway but told they have an obligation to.
Peak NSW advocate group Dairy Connect says the inquiry provides a critical opportunity to introduce equity to an industry that operated today in a manner that many consider not far removed from modern serfdom.
A global dairy price rally which has Australian exports now trading at close to 30 per cent above the average for this decade has given milk producers cause to expect stronger opening farmgate prices...
Farmers' group president with industry advocate Dairy Connect Graham Forbes said the heavy cow cull rate courtesy of high meat prices over the past year, and the fact a big number of export heifers were sold off prior to that, would put a big dent in the turnaround in production.
While we should always be grateful for small mercies, the Victorian Farmers’ Fund milk deal between supermarket retailer Coles, processor Murray Goulburn and a “reluctant” peak state farmers’ body is a worry.
The Victorian Farmers Federation and Coles have signed off on a venture to sell Farmers’ Fund branded milk supplied by Murray Goulburn designed to generate a “guaranteed 40 cents from every two litre bottle” to go to a special fund.
South Coast dairy farmers have welcomed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) nation wide investigation into the dairy industry.
“Australian Competition and Consumer Commission review announced on Thursday by Barnaby Joyce as a potentially great platform from which to build our future,” Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan said.
A British code of conduct model could be the basis for much more productive Australian dairy industry.
The NSW-based Dairy Connect wants a model code, similar to what now exists in the horticulture and grocery sectors, to be discussed at this week’s industry-wide symposium in Melbourne, hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
Dairy farmer lobby groups want the contracts they sign with milk processors changed so the cuts the industry has experienced never happen again.
The president of Dairy Connect Farmers' Group, Graham Forbes, said dairy farmers needed to be better protected.
"The big issue the industry has got are these supply agreements and certainly it was the claw back provisions in Victoria that have backfired on farmers at the moment and haven't given a true price indication," he said.
As the dairy industry faces a likely income squeeze for the next three years farmers are being urged not to lose sight of livestock welfare priorities while they battle to stay profitable.
Continuing regulatory and media scrutiny of animal welfare practices across Australia and in export markets provide sobering reasons for individual action by livestock producers, says industry body Dairy Connect.
An incoming federal Labor government would pursue pricing reform in Australia’s dairy industry, the opposition agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon told a Dairy Connect delegation in his Hunter electorate on Tuesday.
The delegation was in Cessnock to give the shadow minister a 2016 overview of challenges and opportunities in the dairy industry nationally.
Former NSW Farmers chief executive officer, Shaughn Morgan, will take over as chief executive of the state's dairy industry lobby group Dairy Connect.
Chairman, George Davey, confirmed Mr Morgan's appointment saying it was an important step in taking the farmer, processor and milk product distribution sector organisation into its next development phase.
A lawyer by profession, Mr Morgan has had some recent involvement with the dairy organisation which coincided with inaugural chief, Mike Logan, announcing late last year he was planning his departure.
AN agreement to develop renewable energy solutions for dairy farmers was signed on the dotted line by peak dairy industry body Dairy Connect and AGL last Friday, March 4.
The co-operation agreement, signed at Upper Lansdowne by AGL's CEO Andy Vesey and Dairy Connect's CEO Mike Logan, is designed to cut costs and improve environmental sustainability for the dairy industry.
Farmers say they're unhappy lower international prices are being used as an "excuse" for lower domestic milk contracts.
"The price that we have been offered is lower [than last year]," said Tim Cochrane, from the advocacy group Dairy Connect.
"Parmalat's indicating it's because the world price has come down, but we are supplying drinking milk not an export commodity to the world market."
The lack of upward movement in farmgate milk prices for southern Queensland and northern NSW dairies, despite an ever-increasing shortfall in production, has left frustrated producers pinning their hopes on foreign investment.
Dairy Connect’s North Coast farmer representative Paul Weir said it seemed many farmer groups were walking away from the “$1/litre supermarket disgrace because they just can’t get anywhere”.
Australian dairy farms can now reach Chinese tables in seven days with the first successful trial shipment of fresh NSW milk to China, via a ollaborative partnership between Dairy Connect, Norco Co-operative Limited (Norco) and Peloris Global Sourcing Pty Ltd (PGS). This new cold chain pipeline has the potential to deliver more than 20 million litres of fresh milk to consumers in China within the first 12 months of operation, opening up enormous opportunities for the Australian dairy industry to grow to meet this new demand.