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Queensland Country Life, March 21 2019

Queensland Country Life, March 21 2019

Dollar a litre demise good news for milk's nutritional appeal

A significant flow-on benefit from the past month's 10 cents a litre rise in prices for supermarket labeled two- and three-litre milk lines will be a restoration of milk's nutritional and value perception in the eyes of consumers.

Dairy Connect chief executive officer, Shaughn Morgan, described the latest announcement by Coles and Aldi as a valuable initiative in what remains a long journey ahead to find structural solutions to the industry.

"We have long argued that part of the great damage done by $1 a litre milk discounting was to undervalue dairy farmers, the dairy industry and the nutritious fresh milk by denigrating its significant nutritional contribution to human health," he said.

9 News, March 20 2019

9 News, March 20 2019

Coles, Aldi supermarkets to increase milk prices to support dairy farmers

Coles and Aldi supermarkets across Australia will today increase the price of their milk in support of the nation’s embattled dairy farmers. An extra 10 cents per litre will be added to the cost of Coles Brand and Farmdale fresh two and three litre varieties.

The announcement is a back-flip on the supermarkets’ decision last month to keep its milk at $1-a-litre milk. At the time Federal Agricultural Minister David Littleproud savaged the move, dubbing it a “$1 milk disaster.”

"Publicity stunts like (Coles) asking shoppers to donate at the counter to help struggling farmers are just a smokescreen to hide the fact they pay bugger all for milk," Mr Littleproud said.

"The farmers wouldn't need donations from the public if Coles and Aldi paid fair prices."

Dairy Connect, an advocacy group for dairy industry players, echoed that Mr Littleproud’s comments, urging consumers to force Coles and Aldi to change their ways.

Queensland Country Life, March 15 2019

Queensland Country Life, March 15 2019

Dairy farmers to have more bargaining power under new rules

Dairy farmers will have more power to negotiate with milk processors under a new mandatory industry code of conduct proposal from federal government.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud announced today the federal Cabinet had endorsed the mandatory code, which was developed in consultation with industry, and will take effect on July 1 2020.

“Australian Dairy Farmers, Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation and Dairy Connect asked for a mandatory code of conduct last September and we’re delivering it,” Mr Littleproud said.

ABC Rural, March 15 2019

ABC Rural, March 15 2019

Dairy industry welcomes NSW election commitments but warn of ongoing 'deregulation disaster'

Dairy farmers have welcomed a commitment from both sides of politics ahead of the NSW election, but some fear it will not be enough to address "systemic problems" they say were caused by industry deregulation.

Dairy Connect chief executive Shaughn Morgan said he welcomed the pledge which followed a similar election promise made by the opposition.

The Northern Daily Leader, March 14 2019

The Northern Daily Leader, March 14 2019

Niall Blair announces appointment of fresh milk and dairy advocate

Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair vowed if the Federal Government wouldn't "step up" in supporting the dairy industry then he would at a state level. And today he will stand by his pledge by announcing in Coffs Harbour the appointment of a fresh milk and dairy advocate to lead a dedicated dairy business advisory unit within the Department of Primary Industries.

Dairy Connect chief executive Shaughn Morgan, who has pushed for a dairy commissioner, said: "The position needs to be independent of government to provide advice that will ensure the survival of milk production in NSW, which is a fresh milk state."

Narooma News, March 5 2019

Narooma News, March 5 2019

Australian dairy farmers can benefit from your shopping choices

The retail war between supermarkets has made it difficult for consumers to separate the curds from the whey when it comes to the best way to support Australian dairy farmers. Farmers are in the middle of a fight to keep their farms as drought, low farm gate prices and the high cost of fodder strangle any profit.

CEO and company secretary of Dairy Connect, Shaughn Morgan, is passionate about keeping farmers in business. According to Morgan, Australia's national dairy herd has dropped from 9 billion to 8 billion in two years. "Australia undervalues dairy farmers and undervalues milk," Morgan said.

The Singleton Argus, February 28 2019

The Singleton Argus, February 28 2019

Could a farmgate 'floor price' for milk save our dairy industry?

Could re-regulating the dairy industry, through the establishment of a farmgate 'floor price' for milk, prevent Australia becoming reliant on imported dairy products.

In the words of Federal Labor's agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon the nation's dairy industry is in crisis and he fears unless action is taken quickly it will disappear.

Farm Weekly, February 25 2019

Farm Weekly, February 25 2019

Woolworths milk deal step a ‘positive’ for WA

Forty-nine WA dairy farmers can expect to be paid the equivalent of roughly two cents more per litre for their milk after Woolworths ended eight years of selling its own brand milk for $1 a litre last week.

Brownes Dairy processes Woolworths milk for the supermarket chain in WA and managing director Tony Girgis said all of its suppliers could expect the first of the extra income to be added to their monthly milk payment from next month.

Maitland Mercury, February 27 2019

Maitland Mercury, February 27 2019

Most Hunter farmers to miss out on Woolworths' milk payments

The end of Woolworths’ $1 a litre milk won’t help most Hunter dairy farmers as they battle to stay afloat amid soaring production costs.

The supermarket giant has permanently lifted its own brand milk to $1.10 a litre and the money from the 10 cent rise will be split between the farmers who helped make it.

Dr Gillespie has joined NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair and Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan in praising Woolworths.

Sydney Morning Herald, February 19 2019

Sydney Morning Herald, February 19 2019

Minister urges Coles and Aldi boycott as $1-a-litre milk stays on sale

Coles has broken ranks with arch rival Woolworths and will continue to sell $1-a-litre-milk, prompting an extraordinary call from the federal agriculture minister for shoppers to boycott the supermarket and the discount chain Aldi.

Dairy Connect Farmers Group president Graham Forbes said all other brands should take heed of Woolworths' decision and increase the price of its milk.

Australian Financial Review (AFR), February 18 2019

Australian Financial Review (AFR), February 18 2019

Days of $1-a-litre milk numbered as Woolworths ups price by 10¢

In a move likely to bring an end to $1 a litre milk, Woolworths is lifting the price of private label fresh milk by 10¢ a litre and handing the cash to dairy farmers, citing falling milk production.

From Tuesday, Woolworths will lift the price of two-litre Woolworths-branded milk by 20¢ to $2.20 and three-litre milk by 30¢ to $3.30, handing the extra 10¢ a litre to private label milk suppliers via dairy processors. The move will increase pressure on new Coles managing director Steven Cain and discounter Aldi to follow suit.

The Weekly Times, February 18 2019

The Weekly Times, February 18 2019

Woolworths lifts $1-a-litre milk price

Woolworths will wipe $1-a-litre milk from its stores, nationwide, from tomorrow. Ten cents will be added to the price of all Woolworths milk, which will be passed straight onto farmers.

Dairy Connect president Graham Forbes welcomed Woolworth’s decision and said it was time for Coles and Aldi to step up to the mark and rid the dairy industry of $1-a-litre milk. “We’ve already seen the drought relief milk deliver up to $10,000 a month to some of our farmers,” Mr Forbes said.

The Weekly Times, February 18 2019

The Weekly Times, February 18 2019

Coles refuses to follow Woolworths on ending $1-a-litre milk

Coles has refused to follow Woolworths’ lead and permanently lift the price of its $1-a-litre milk, preferring instead to call for customer donations to dairy farmers.

“Coles will continue to look at ways to support Australian farmers, including by collecting customer donations at our supermarket registers nationally from Monday 25 February, until further notice,” a Coles spokesman said. “Coles will match these donations dollar for dollar.”

But dairy farmers say Coles’ response is an insult. “It’s disgraceful and an insult, if they think we have to live off public charity,” Dairy Connect president and farmer Graham Forbes said.

Daily Mail Australia, February 18 2019

Daily Mail Australia, February 18 2019

Coles REFUSES to scrap $1-a-litre milk to help dairy farmers following Woolworths' announcement it was ending its cheap home-brand product

Dairy farmer advocacy group Dairy Connect called on Coles to follow its rival's lead, saying the issue was a matter of 'survival' for primary producers.

'Dairy Connect has called on Coles and Aldi to follow the same pricing model as Woolworths,' CEO Shaughn Morgan said.

Central Western Daily, February 18 2019

Central Western Daily, February 18 2019

Woolworths milk price rise to help save dairy farmers: Association

Woolworths stores in Orange will join a nationwide move to remove $1 per litre fresh milk from sale from Tuesday. The supermarket chain will sell two and three-litre varieties of Woolworths branded fresh milk for $2.20 and $3.30 respectively.

Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci said supporting the long term sustainability of the dairy industry - and the regional communities they help support - is incredibly important. “In our consultation with industry bodies, including the Australian Dairy Farmers Association, its state members and NSW Dairy Connect, we’ve heard the outlook will continue to be extremely tough for dairy farmers right across the country,” he said.

The Advocate, February 18 2019

The Advocate, February 18 2019

Tasmanian dairy farmers to benefit from Woolworths' milk price increase

Woolworths has bowed to dairy farmer pressure, vowing to lift the price of house brand milk from $1 to 1.10 a litre nationwide.

Dairy Connect chief executive Shaughn Morgan urged consumers to support Woolworths’ move. He also regarded the 10c/litre price increase as “a great first step”.

Blue Mountains Gazette, Feburary 14 2019

Blue Mountains Gazette, Feburary 14 2019

Drought heats up chook prices, but supermakets still not moving on milk

Soaring stockfeed costs have added another dollar to the price of pre-cooked chickens at major supermarkets, prompting drought-stressed dairy farmers to ask why cheap milk still sells at a loss?

“The milk volume downturn has become really obvious in the fresh milk market states and northern Victoria in the past six weeks” says Dairy Connect’s Graham Forbes.

Surf Coast Times, January 30 2019

Surf Coast Times, January 30 2019

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.

Sydney Morning Herald, January 23 2019

Sydney Morning Herald, January 23 2019

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.

Gloucester Advocate, January 22 2019

Gloucester Advocate, January 22 2019

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.

Queensland Country Life, January 21 2019

Queensland Country Life, January 21 2019

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.

ABC News, January 16 2019

ABC News, January 16 2019

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.

The Weekly Times, January 15 2019

The Weekly Times, January 15 2019

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.

Sydney Morning Herald & The Age, January 15 2019

Sydney Morning Herald & The Age, January 15 2019

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.

Maitland Mercury, January 6 2019

Maitland Mercury, January 6 2019

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.

Country News, January 2 2019

Country News, January 2 2019

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.