WOOLWORTHS DELIVERS DROUGHT RELIEF TO FARMERS
Amongst the conflicting information about how beneficial some of the supermarket milk rebate schemes are at actually helping dairy farmers, Woolworths have announced that their Drought Relief Milk has now provided $4.5 million in relief payments to more than 285 drought-affected dairy farmers across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
Dairy Connect CEO and New South Wales Drought Relief Committee member Shaughn Morgan said the extension was vital.
As milk levies paid out, farmers turn to bigger issues
The big supermarkets have now passed on millions from their drought relief funds to Australian farmers, but those running farming businesses say there are still big fights to win to keep the sector alive.
This week Coles confirmed it has now helped to pass on more than $16 million to farmers, including $7.1 million to the Country Women's Association Drought relief fund. Woolworths will continue its levy until the middle of the year and is working with its drought relief committee, including representatives from Dairy Connect and Parmalat.
Woolworths drought relief milk range extended
Dairy Connect and NSW Drought Relief committee member Shaughn Morgan has welcomed an extension by Woolworths of the drought relief milk range.
This comes as the supermarket chain announced the milk will continue to be on sale on the eastern seaboard while it works with the dairy industry on longer-term reform measures.
Coles pays $4m to dry dairy farmers, but hard summer still hurting milk industry
As the withering hot summer hits dairy herds hard, Coles has begun paying almost $4 million from its short term dairy drought relief fund to help about 640 farmers impacted by the big dry. Even better, Woolworths has paid out a total of $4.5m, with a fifth “dividend” due in February, and more to follow.
Dairy Connect chief executive officer and NSW relief committee member Shaughn Morgan said Woolworth’s extension to its drought milk scheme was vital. “We’re grateful Woolworths listened to Dairy Connect’s representations on behalf of its producer members,” Mr Morgan said.
Dairy farmers welcome draft mandatory dairy code of conduct released this week
Farmers are embracing plans for a mandatory code of conduct for the dairy industry, while also highlighting fundamental problems facing the sector they say are being ignored. Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud announced a draft code this week, saying it would give farmers more power. "A mandatory code will be an industry-defining moment so I want all dairy farmers, processors, and stakeholders to stay involved in shaping it," he said in a statement.
The chief lobby group for New South Wales dairy farmers hopes processors will not try and have the Federal Government's draft mandatory dairy code of conduct watered down. Dairy Connect president, and Gloucester dairy farmer, Graham Forbes said he was worried the code would face pressure from processors.
Dairy code: processors to release standard milk price on a set date each year
Dairy farmers have cautiously welcomed draft clauses for a mandatory dairy code, which would force all processors to release a standard form milk price agreement on a set date each year.
NSW Dairy Connect chief executive Shaughn Morgan said farmers wanted to make sure the arbitration process was as cost-effective as possible, either by establishing a dairy code ombudsman or via the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Farmers hope milk code will address 'David and Goliath' fights
Dairy farmer Graham Forbes says he's never really heard of a farmer keen to escalate a dispute with a milk processor, but he hopes a new code will remove the need to take on big businesses in court.
"Let's hope so — if this works properly, farmers shouldn't have to need to," he says.
Woolworths' Drought Relief Milk has given $3.1 million to dairy farmers
A bid to help drought-stricken dairy farmers stay afloat amid crippling drought has seen $3.1 million in relief payments split between farms.
Woolworths’ Drought Relief Milk initiative, which started in September, has seen more than 280 dairy farmers across NSW, Queensland and Victoria share in the monthly windfall.
Dairy Connect CEO and Drought Relief Committee member Shaughn Morgan said farmers had used the money to help with the cost of buying in feed for their cows.
Dairy Farmers Priced Out
A recent inquiry into the NSW dairy industry has found producers are caught in a cost-price squeeze, leaving farmers to operate on the slimmest of margins.
The committee of the NSW Parliament has produced a series of recommendations.
The committee findings challenge the opinion of the ACCC that the selling of milk by major retailers at $1 per litre does not directly impact the price paid to farmers.