DAIRY CONNECT IN THE Media

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  Stock & Land, September 9 2016

Stock & Land, September 9 2016

A band aid from those who delivered the beating?

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 Coeat Register, August 30 2016

South Coeat Register, August 30 2016

Local farmers welcome ACCC inquiry into dairy industry

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.

 
  Farm Weekly, August 26 2016

Farm Weekly, August 26 2016

Dairy forum urged to look to UK code and more risk sharing

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.

 
  ABC Rural, August 16 2016

ABC Rural, August 16 2016

Farm lobby groups call for 'dodgy' milk contracts to be ditched

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.

 
  Farm Weekly, August 9 2016

Farm Weekly, August 9 2016

Don’t drop guard on dairy animal welfare

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.

 
  Gloucester Advocate, June 13 2016

Gloucester Advocate, June 13 2016

Dairy Connect delegation discuss milk price equity

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.

 
  ADF Online, April 8 2016

ADF Online, April 8 2016

Morgan takes reins at Dairy Connect

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.

 
  Manning River Times, March 9 2016

Manning River Times, March 9 2016

Dairy energy agreement

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.

 
  ABC Rural, March 1 2016

ABC Rural, March 1 2016

Plunge in dairy prices sours outlook for Australian and NZ dairy farmers

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 Australian Dairy Farmer, September 2 2015

The Australian Dairy Farmer, September 2 2015

Frustration over stalled milk price

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”.

 
  ABC NEWS 24, April 30 2014

ABC NEWS 24, April 30 2014

Flying fresh milk to China: ABC News 24 interview with Dairy Connect

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.