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  The Weekly Times, December 7 2017

The Weekly Times, December 7 2017

code of conduct: Mixed views over ACCC call

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.

 
  CHOICE, December 2 2017

CHOICE, December 2 2017

Milk prices have little bearing on dairy farmers, says ACCC

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.

 
  Manning River Times,  December 1 2017

Manning River Times,  December 1 2017

Future is in robotic technology

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. 

 
  Food & Beverage, November 20 2017

Food & Beverage, November 20 2017

Dairy’s future looking brighter

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.

 
  Goucester Advocate, November 15 2017

Goucester Advocate, November 15 2017

Residents get a chance to share their view

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. 

 
  The Weekly Times, October 30 2017

The Weekly Times, October 30 2017

Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation: A smile for dairy

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.

 
  Gloucester Advocate,  October 28 2017

Gloucester Advocate,  October 28 2017

Major dairy looks to solar solutions for Future energy

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.

 
  North Queensland Register, October 23 2017

North Queensland Register, October 23 2017

Label changes likely for imitation `milks' made from plants

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.

 
  ABC NEWS,  October 18 2017

ABC NEWS,  October 18 2017

Could improving renewable energy technology ease the power bill pinch for dairy farmers?

"...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.

 
  Western Magazine, October 10 2017

Western Magazine, October 10 2017

Partnership sees bright future for dairy Farmers

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.

 
  ABC NEWS 24,  October 10 2017

ABC NEWS 24,  October 10 2017

CEO SHAUGHN MORGAN APPEARS ON ABC NEWS TO Discuss Fair Milk Labelling

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.

 
  South Burnett Times, August 28 2017

South Burnett Times, August 28 2017

Is it real milk? No whey

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.

 
  The Weekly Times, August 23 2017

The Weekly Times, August 23 2017

Dairy farmers join push to ban the term ‘milk’ to describe non-dairy products

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.

 
  Queensland Country Life, August 22 2017

Queensland Country Life, August 22 2017

Farmers want more dairy sector scrutiny by ACCC following Senate report

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.

 
  Food & Beverage, August 18 2017

Food & Beverage, August 18 2017

Senate Dairy Report is spot on says Dairy Connect

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.

 
  The Weekly Times,  August 18 2017

The Weekly Times,  August 18 2017

Senate dairy industry report released by Economics References Committee

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.”

 
  Queensland Country Life, August 10 2017

Queensland Country Life, August 10 2017

Dairy petition to Canberra - speak out on `fake milk’ marketing

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.

 
  ABC Rural,  August 10 2017

ABC Rural,  August 10 2017

Dairy Connect seek public support over push to stop alternatives being called 'milk'

"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...

 
  Food & Beverage Magazine,  July 6 2017

Food & Beverage Magazine,  July 6 2017

NSW Dairy Fund applications to fire up innovation

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...

 
  Bega District News, June 30 2017

Bega District News, June 30 2017

Dairy code of practice launched to prevent retrospective price cuts

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.

 
  The Weekly Times, June 8 2017

The Weekly Times, June 8 2017

Dairy 2017: Autumn break tough for some, ideal for others

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.

 
  Northe Queensland Register, June 1 2017

Northe Queensland Register, June 1 2017

World Dairy Day a time to celebrate milk’s contribution

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.

 
  ABC NEWS,  May 4 2017

ABC NEWS,  May 4 2017

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.

 
  The Weekly Times, March 27

The Weekly Times, March 27

Milk substitutes: Non-dairy alternatives lack health benefits

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.

 
  Irish Farmers Journal, March 1 2017

Irish Farmers Journal, March 1 2017

Oz farmers demand crackdown on word 'milk'

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.

 
  South China Morning Post, February 28 2017

South China Morning Post, February 28 2017

Aussie dairy farmers call for labelling crackdown on the word ‘milk’

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.

 
  Sydney Morning Herald,  February 24 2017

Sydney Morning Herald,  February 24 2017

Dairy CONNECT call for labelling crackdown on the word 'miLK'

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.

 
  Farm Online National, January 26 2017

Farm Online National, January 26 2017

Speak up to instigate change, dairy farmers told

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.

 
  Queensland Country Life, January 20 2017

Queensland Country Life, January 20 2017

Global dairy prices rocket

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.