Dairy Connect in the Media

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3AW, September 09 2019

3AW, September 09 2019

Dairy farmers feeling the pinch from delays to mandatory code

Dairy farmers claim they’re being left exposed to signing un-fair contracts, with a start date for the Mandatory Dairy Code of Conduct still unknown.

Dairy Connect President Graham Forbes has told Macquarie’s Rural Reporter Eddie Summerfield, farmers are in a vulnerable situation.

“They’re being forced into signing up to contracts for 3-5 years, and the problem with that is even when the mandatory code comes in, it won’t be retrospective,” Mr Forbes said.

2GB, September 09 2019

2GB, September 09 2019

Dairy farmers feeling the pinch from delays to mandatory code

Dairy farmers claim they’re being left exposed to signing un-fair contracts, with a start date for the Mandatory Dairy Code of Conduct still unknown.

The code was a key recommendation from the ACCC more than 18 months ago, designed to improve transparency of dairy contracts.

Dairy Connect President Graham Forbes has told Macquarie’s Rural Reporter Eddie Summerfield, farmers are in a vulnerable situation.

Farmtender, September 06 2019

Farmtender, September 06 2019

Dairy Connect - Mandatory ‘Code’ delays putting Dairy Farmers at risk

Dairy farmers are at risk of being locked into low milk price contracts for up to five years because of delays in introducing a new national Mandatory Dairy Code of Conduct for producers and milk processors.

Dairy Connect farmer group president Graham Forbes said today changes in the federal agriculture portfolio from David Littleproud to Bridget McKenzie in May had helped slow down the introduction of the new Code.

CEO Shaughn Morgan said today the industry was being rocked by market failure and economic chaos as milk prices wallowed and more and more dairy farmers were being forced to leave an industry they loved.

"Now, it's time for urgent action by the Federal Government and no further delays."

Farmonline, August 26 2019

Farmonline, August 26 2019

Meat, dairy and eggs: What diet advice should you take to heart?

Milk producers have something to celebrate in The Heart Foundation's latest message, albeit well overdue, according to many dietitians who point out the science saying fresh cow's milk does not contribute to higher human cholesterol has been around since 2013.

Advocacy group Dairy Connect said the health benefits delivered by fresh dairy were on the public record.

Chief executive officer Shaughn Morgan said a 237ml glass of dairy milk provided eight times more naturally-occurring protein than the same size service of almond drink.

Farm Tender, August 22 2019

Farm Tender, August 22 2019

Boost for Dairy - Big tick for fresh milk

Advocacy group Dairy Connect today welcomed news from the Heart Foundation that fresh cow's milk did not contribute to higher human cholesterol and would not damage human health.

CEO Shaughn Morgan said that, to an extent, the Heart Foundation's findings told consumers what consumers already suspected, but it was refreshing for the dairy sector to be given an independent, professional tick for health and nutrition.

"A decade or more ago, the conventional wisdom was that dairy milk was a major cause of heart disease and high cholesterol levels in humans but not anymore," he said.

Dairy News, August 20 2019

Dairy News, August 20 2019

Dairy award for Bega chief

BEGA CHEESE executive chair Barry Irvin has been recognised for his role in the industry, awarded the University of Sydney’s Dairy Research Foundation 2019 Dairy Science Award.

Presented at a major industry symposium at Bega, the award is sponsored by advocacy group Dairy Connect and was accepted by Bega Cheese senior executive Roger Went on behalf of Mr Irvin.

Dairy Connect chair George Davey said it was critical to publicly salute the vision and drive that had created a billion dollar international food production, processing and distribution business from regional beginnings on the NSW south coast.

The Land, August 19 2019

The Land, August 19 2019

Dairy leaders says 'new era of farmer unity is simply a must'

The dairy forum held at Parliament House last week provided an important starting point in the process of industry reform in NSW.

A new era of farmer unity is simply a must. NSW Farmers and Dairy Connect joined forces to host the forum and bring in key politicians, researchers and processors.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro pledged to fast-track the introduction of the national Mandatory Dairy Code of Conduct while speaking at the forum and Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said he would achieve the commitment to appoint a NSW Fresh Milk Advocate.

Farm Tender, August 19 2019

Farm Tender, August 19 2019

Swift action needed to implement the national Mandatory Dairy Code of Conduct

Advocacy group Dairy Connect has ‘strongly backed' a call by NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro to fast-track the introduction of the national Mandatory Dairy Code of Conduct.

The new Code is scheduled for introduction in mid-2020, but the State Nationals' leader told the NSW Dairy Forum on Thursday, held at the NSW Parliament House, that the Code should actually be up and running by December 31 this year.

Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan said today the industry continued to be rocked by market failure and increasing economic chaos as milk prices wallowed & more and more dairy farmers were being forced from the industry they love.

Hunter Valley News, August 13 2019

Hunter Valley News, August 13 2019

Michael Johnsen strives for growth in industry during 2019 NSW Dairy Forum

THE dairy industry is one of the most crucial pillars of the Upper Hunter economy, and naturally a forum on the topic is of extreme interest to the local region.

Fortunately local MP Michael Johnsen is also now the parliamentary secretary for Agriculture and Resources and has been advised by Minister for Agriculture, Adam Marshall, to focus on issues relating to the dairy industry.

Speaking to the Hunter Valley News at Muswellbrook's Double Picc coffee shop, he discussed what was conversed and accomplished at the forum, which was held on Thursday, August 8.

NSW Farmers Dairy chair Colin Thompson, Dairy Connect president Graham Forbes, University of Sydney's Yani Garcia, Shooters, Farmers and Fishers' Robert Borsak, Mr Marshall and NSW Nationals leader and deputy premier John Barilaro were just some of the heavy hitters who participated.

Shepparton News, August 05 2019

Shepparton News, August 05 2019

Coles goes direct to farmers

NORTHERN VICTORIAN and southern NSW dairy farmers are the focus of a Coles push to bypass processors and secure its own direct milk supply.

From next month, the supermarket giant will begin sourcing milk directly for its Coles brand fresh milk, and is promising to deliver better value, a fair and competitive farm gate price and more certainty to farmers.

Dairy Connect chief executive officer Shaughn Morgan said Coles’ new sourcing model would provide price certainty for producers.

Sheparrton News, August 01 2019

Sheparrton News, August 01 2019

Supermarkets lift milk price

German supermarket ALDI and Australian supermarket giant Woolworths have both lifted the retail milk price in a move supported by a dairy advocacy group.

Dairy Connect chief executive officer Shaughn Morgan welcomed the announcement.

‘‘The ALDI statement confirms our long-held belief that the farm gate price paid to dairy farmers has been too low and reflected commercial ‘market failure’,’’ Mr Morgan said.

‘‘It’s important to ensure that as much as possible of the ALDI price increase flows through to the farmers.’’

Click Lancashire, July 28 2019

Click Lancashire, July 28 2019

Coles succumbs to milk price pressure

The price rise is the second this year - in March Aldi and Coles followed Woolworths in abolishing $1 per litre pricing on milk.

Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan called on Coles to follow the other retailers on Friday morning and highlighted the importance of passing the increase to the dairy farmer.

"Our hard-working dairy farmers in NSW deserve a better deal and that's why I've welcomed the recent announcement by Aldi and Woolworths to increase the price of milk".

The Queensland Times, July 26 2019

The Queensland Times, July 26 2019

Struggling farmers need more support

The industry then welcomed another surprise 10 cent lift from Aldi and Woolworths on Thursday but farmers are less certain the benefits will flow down the pipeline.

"At the moment Aldi and Woolworths have been very quiet about where they see this extra 10 cents going," advocacy body Dairy Connect chief executive Shaughn Morgan said.

He told news.com.au the supermarkets need to ensure the suppliers get their fair share.

"The current farmgate prices are exceptionally low, and even given the 10 cents from the increase to get rid of $1-a-litre milk is going directly to the dairy farmer, we think that part of this extra income should also flow down."

Inside FMCG, July 26 2019

Inside FMCG, July 26 2019

Pressure on Coles to up milk prices after Woolworths and Aldi add 10 cents

An Australian dairy industry advocacy body is calling on Coles to increase its milk prices following moves by Aldi and Woolworths this week to increase the price per litre by a further 10 cents to reflect an increase in
farmgate prices.

Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan welcomed the price increases but told Inside FMCG that it is “important” that Coles makes the move too.

“We’ve got to make sure that increase flows down to the dairy farmer,” Morgan said.

“The farmgate price is below cost of production. It is vital for the sustainability of the Australian dairy industry that dairy farmers receive a farmgate price that is above the cost of production.”

edairynews, July 26 2019

edairynews, July 26 2019

Aldi, Woolworths raise price of milk, but benefit to dairy farmers unclear

Aldi quietly added 10 cents per litre to its milk on Wednesday.

The price rise is the second this year — in March Aldi and Coles followed Woolworths in abolishing $1 per litre pricing on milk.

«I don’t think anyone knew in the industry at all,» Dairy Connect farmer group chairman Graham Forbes said.

Mr Forbes said that while the price rise is welcome, the industry is a long way off being sustainable over the long term.

«I think a lot of people would like to see [the rises] continue and get up around $1.50 a litre where all sectors of the industry could survive and be sustainable,» he said.

Yahoo News, July 26 2019

Yahoo News, July 26 2019

Woolworths set to increase the price of milk from TODAY

Woolworths has announced a second 10-cent levy on the retail price of its own brand of milk just days after ALDI did the same.

ALDI announced its move on Wednesday, with Woolworths following suit on Friday and upping the price of its two-litre milk to $2.39 and three litres to $3.59.

Dairy Connect, a NSW lobby group, said it was important an increase in retail price was passed back to dairy farmers.

“It's great to see a major supermarket recognise its price has been too low but it's important that as much as possible of that increase flows through to the farm,” chief executive Shaughn Morgan told Farm Online.

“The retailer, processors and farmer all need to be successful because there is a risk that, unless that happens, Australian consumers will be drinking imported milk.”

ABC News, July 25 2019

ABC News, July 25 2019

Aldi quietly raises price of milk by 10c a litre, but benefit to dairy farmers unclear

The dairy industry has welcomed a surprise move by supermarket chain Aldi to raise the retail price of their home brand milk, but it remains unclear if farmers will benefit.

The price rise is the second this year — in March Aldi and Coles followed Woolworths in abolishing $1 per litre pricing on milk.

"I don't think anyone knew in the industry at all," Dairy Connect farmer group chairman Graham Forbes said.

Mr Forbes said that while Aldi's price rise is welcome, the industry is a long way off being sustainable over the long term.

"I think a lot of people would like to see [the rises] continue and get up around $1.50 a litre where all sectors of the industry could survive and be sustainable," he said.

Hunter Valley News, July 25 2019

Hunter Valley News, July 25 2019

Dairy Connect welcomes supermarket chain ALDI's decision to lift retail price of its fresh milk range

AN advocacy group believes a decision by Coles and Woolworths supermarkets to increase the retail price of their milk ranges could create a win-win victory all along the national dairy supply chain.

Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan welcomed Wednesday's announcement by supermarket chain ALDI that it had recently lifted the retail price of its fresh milk range while maintaining its 10 cents a litre ex-gratia payment program to its dairy suppliers.

Mr Morgan said Dairy Connect supported the ALDI price increase and called on the other big retail players, Coles and Woolworths, to follow suit.

Stock & Land, July 24 2019

Stock & Land, July 24 2019

Aldi lifts retail milk price another 10 cents

Aldi Australia confirmed it is raising the price of its homebrand fresh milk range by another 10 cents a litre after a Stock & Land reader spotted new pricing in store this afternoon.

The new pricing puts Aldi's 1 litre bottles at $1.29, 2L at $2.39 and 3L at $3.59.

NSW dairy lobby group Dairy Connect chief executive Shaughn Morgan welcomed Aldi's decision.

"It's great to see a major supermarket recognize its price has been too low but it's important that as much as possible of that increase flows through to the farm," Mr Morgan said.

Farmonline, July 16 2019

Farmonline, July 16 2019

Farm trespass penalties 'completely inadequate'

Tough penalties may be the most effective deterrent for animal activists breaking the law to protest against livestock industries.

State and federal governments are now considering new laws and bigger penalties for animal activists that commit biosecurity and trespass offences with the issue on the agenda of the next agriculture ministers' meeting in October.

Dairy Connect chief executive Shaughn Morgan said that previously "activists had not paid the penalty as required under the law".

"The current legislation being reviewed needs to ensure the prosecution system ensures penalties are applied and thus far, it hasn't been applied from our observation," Mr Morgan said.

Country News, July 12 2019

Country News, July 12 2019

Coles push to bypass processors and secure its own milk supply from northern Victoria and southern Riverina

Northern Victorian and southern NSW dairy farmers are the focus of a Coles push to bypass processors and secure its own direct milk supply.

From next month, the supermarket giant will begin sourcing milk directly for its Coles brand fresh milk, and is promising to deliver better value, a fair and competitive farm gate price and more certainty to farmers.

The announcement has been welcomed by Australian Dairy Farmers, the UDV and advocacy group Dairy Connect.

Dairy Connect chief executive officer Shaughn Morgan said Coles’ new sourcing model would provide price certainty for producers.

2GB, July 10 2019

2GB, July 10 2019

Dairy Research Foundation Symposium

Over the next two days, The Dairy Research Foundation is holding its annual research conference in Bega.

This year’s meeting will focus on how farmers can unlock the true feedbase potential of pasture and intensive dairy systems.

Our Rural Reporter Eddie Summerfield caught up with Dairy Connect chief executive Shaughn Morgan.

Farmonline, July 10 2019

Farmonline, July 10 2019

ADF joins plant 'drink' label push

Australia's peak dairy farmer lobby group has joined calls for the word "milk" to be reserved for dairy products as the government takes a fresh look at labelling.

NSW dairy industry body Dairy Connect has been lobbying for such a ban since 2017 and its executive officer, Shaughn Morgan, said he was pleased to learn of the ADF's letter.

Mr Morgan said Dairy Connect's representation at the International Dairy Federation had seen the establishment of a Task Force on Plant-Based Beverages but that Australia was well behind other countries.

Queensland Country Life, July 10 2019

Queensland Country Life, July 10 2019

NSW Dairy Science Award honours Bega boss Barry Irvin

Bega Cheese executive chair Barry Irvin was awarded the University of Sydney's Dairy Research Foundation 2019 Dairy Science Award on Wednesday night.

Dairy Connect chair George Davey in presenting the award said it saluted Mr Irvin's vision and tremendous drive in creating a billion-dollar industry from humble beginnings in regional NSW.

The award, which is sponsored by Dairy Connect, was presented at the NSW Dairy Symposium to Bega Cheese senior executive Roger Went, who was standing in for Mr Irvin.

Bega District News, July 10 2019

Bega District News, July 10 2019

Bega Cheese's Barry Irvin wins top dairy industry award

Executive chair of Bega Cheese Barry Irvin AM may have taken leave from the company to focus on his health, but his contribution to the dairy industry is still being recognised.

On Wednesday night, July 10, he was awarded the University of Sydney's Dairy Research Foundation (DRF) 2019 Dairy Science Award at a major industry symposium at Bega.

The DRF Dairy Science Award is sponsored by industry advocacy group Dairy Connect whose chair George Davey AM presented the award to Bega Cheese senior executive Roger Went, who was standing in for Mr Irvin.

Gloucester Advocate, July 09 2019

Gloucester Advocate, July 09 2019

Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen to speak at Dairy Research Foundation Symposium

Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen is a key-note speaker at the 2019 Dairy Research Foundation Symposium.

Kicking off on Wednesday, June 10 in Bega, Mr Johnsen will be among a list of industry experts taking part in the University of Sydney foundation's signature annual event.

In his new minister role as NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture and Resources, Mr Johnsen join the NSW Industry Forum co-hosted by Dairy Connect, Dairy NSW, and the NSW Farmers Association on the first day of the two-day conference.

Stock & Land, July 09 2019

Stock & Land, July 09 2019

Plant drink label pusH

Australia's peak dairy farmer lobby group has joined calls for the word "milk" to be reserved for dairy products as the government takes a fresh look at labelling.

New South Wales farmer body Dairy Connect has been lobbying for such a ban since 2017 and its executive officer, Shaughn Morgan, said he was pleased to learn of the ADF's letter.

Mr Morgan said Dairy Connect's representation at the International Dairy Federation had seen the establishment of a Task Force on Plant-Based Beverages but that Australia was well behind other countries.

Country News, June 12 2019

Country News, June 12 2019

Coles push to bypass processors and secure its own milk supply from northern Victoria and southern RiverinA

Northern Victorian and southern NSW dairy farmers are the focus of a Coles push to bypass processors and secure its own direct milk supply.

From next month, the supermarket giant will begin sourcing milk directly for its Coles brand fresh milk, and is promising to deliver better value, a fair and competitive farm gate price and more certainty to farmers.

Dairy Connect chief executive officer Shaughn Morgan said Coles’ new sourcing model would provide price certainty for producers.

Farmonline, June 10 2019

Farmonline, June 10 2019

Dairy groups split on Coles move to buy directly from farmer

The Coles move to buy milk directly from farmers has split dairy advocacy groups.

Dairy Connect welcomed the announcement that Coles was side-stepping the processor in NSW and Victoria.

"While stakeholders had yet to have access to the fine print involved with the proposal, on face value, it provides a pathway to the future for the milk supply chain," Dairy Connect president Graham Forbes said .

"Notionally, the proposal should deliver price-certainty for up to three years for dairy producers supplying Coles house brand milk."

ABC Rural, June 06 2019

ABC Rural, June 06 2019

Coles to cut out milk processors, and deal directly with dairy farmers

Coles has today announced it will bypass processors and contract milk directly from dairy farmers in NSW and Victoria from July 1.

It marks a shift to a model more in line with competitor Woolworths, where the supermarket will be able to offer a direct price to farmers.

President of farm group Dairy Connect, Graham Forbes, said Coles appeared to be adopting a model common among UK supermarkets such as Tesco.

"It will put a bit more competition out there in the marketplace, and let's hope it lifts the price to farmers and gives them some long-term security,"

North Queensland Register, June 01 2019

North Queensland Register, June 01 2019

Dairy Connect calls for return of school milk to mark World Milk Day

NSW dairy lobby group Dairy Connect is pointing to health benefits of milk to young people as it celebrates World Milk Day.

Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan said World Milk Day on Saturday, June 1, was a chance to celebrate milk's unique nutritional bounty.

"A 237-milliliter glass of dairy milk provides eight times more naturally occurring protein than the same size serving of almond milk," he said.

"All dairy milk whether it's fat free, flavoured or organic provides nine essential nutrients.

"Milk also contains other nutrients including B vitamins for energy, vitamin A to help maintain a healthy immune system and calcium and vitamin D, both that work together for bone strength."

Farm Tender, May 28 2019

Farm Tender, May 28 2019

New Ag Minister needs to hit the ground running on Dairy

Dairy Connect today welcomed the appointment of Senator Bridget McKenzie as the new Federal Agriculture Minister and we extend our congratulations to her on her new ministerial responsibilities. Dairy Connect looks forward to working with her and her office in furtherance of a sustainable dairy industry in Australia.

Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan said Minister McKenzie would need to hit the ground running because of the multiple challenges facing agriculture generally and dairy in particular.

“Australian dairy is in crisis and now is the time for action. The time for reviews and inquiries is over.”

The Weekly Times, May 15 2019

The Weekly Times, May 15 2019

PETA calls on prime minister to phase out dairy farming

RADICAL animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to wean dairy farmers off milking cows to grow soy beans instead.

Dairy Connect chairman Graham Forbes said converting to soybeans would just send dairy farmers broke.

“(US President Donald) Trump has just squashed the price of soybeans with his dealings on China,” Mr Forbes said.

“I’ve got no problem with vegans eating their beans, but don’t try and stop us milking cows. It’s almost like a religion to them, that they want to force down our throats.”

North Queensland Register, May 08 2019

North Queensland Register, May 08 2019

Milk price index abandoned

The Coalition Government has abandoned its troubled retrospective Milk Price Index.

The Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud, who announced a review of the index in February, said this week it had not delivered farmers the market information it had hoped.

Just after its launch chief executive of lobby group, Dairy Connect, Shaughn Morgan described the index as 'half-baked' because it didn't provide analysis of the farmgate impact of the costs of processing.

The Daily Mail, May 08 2019

The Daily Mail, May 08 2019

Country Women's Association declares war on almond milk and other plant-based drinks

In the motion, submitted by the Morpeth Branch of the Hunter River Group, it said consumers were 'confused' about the 'nutritional benefits of cows' milk' in comparison to 'plant-based' alternatives.

Dairy Connect, the Dairy Industry Advocate Group believes that there is confusion among the consumers, some of whom equate the nutritional benefits of cows' milk with that of the plant-based drink alternatives.

'There is a need for us to take a stand for a product our dairy farmers work so hard to produce,' the motion concluded.

The Daily Telegraph, May 08 2019

The Daily Telegraph, May 08 2019

CWA fight to keep milk pure

The Country Women’s Association has backed a push to ban manufacturers of “plant-based” drinks from calling their products “milk”, arguing it’s hurting dairy farmers and confusing the public into thinking the products are of comparable nutritional value.

At the NSW CWA’s annual state conference yesterday, members voted unanimously in favour of a motion to lobby state and federal authorities to “enforce legislation ... to stop plant-based drinks from using the term ‘milk’ in the labelling of their product”.

“Dairy Connect, the Dairy Industry Advocate Group believes that there is confusion among the consumers, some of whom equate the nutritional benefits of cows’ milk with that of the plant-based drink alternatives.“

Dairy News Australia, May 04 2019

Dairy News Australia, May 04 2019

Bring back school milk

A 1970s Federal Government decision to scrap free milk for primary school children was made on a false basis and needs to be reversed to ensure that primary school children receive fresh nutritious milk as part of a holistic breakfast program, according to a dairy lobby group.

Dairy Connect chief executive officer Shaughn Morgan said fresh milk was a dietary staple with a myriad of proven nutritional benefits for growing bodies and minds.

He said the Federal Government and Opposition, in consultation with state governments, should immediately commit to restoring the availability of nutritious fresh milk for all primary school aged children post-election.

Farm Tender, April 26 2019

Farm Tender, April 26 2019

Dairy Connect - Bring back free primary school milk

A 1970s Federal Government decision to scrap free milk for primary school children was based on a false basis and needs to be reversed to ensure that primary school children receive fresh nutritious milk as part of a holistic breakfast program.

Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan said fresh milk was a dietary staple with a myriad of proven nutritional benefits for growing bodies and minds.

2NM, April 25 2019

2NM, April 25 2019

What can be done to give our dairy farmers a hand?

Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen joined Jess on Hunter Valley Today along with Shaughn Morgan the Chief Executive Officer of Dairy Connect and Graham Forbes, the Farmer's Group President with Dairy Connect. 

Our dairy farmers here in the Upper Hunter and across NSW need something to be done to help save their industry, otherwise in five years we face a state with no dairy farmers.

Dairy News Australia, April 24 2019

Dairy News Australia, April 24 2019

Price rise for discounted milk lines

Some dairy farmers may get a boost in their milk price after Coles and Woolworths announced the end of $1 litre milk on some lines.

Woolworths led the move in February and was followed by Coles committing to raise the price of its discount milk lines by 10 cents to $1.10 per litre, with the entire price increase going back to the farm gate.

Advocacy group Dairy Connect welcomed the announcement by ALDI Australia to increase its private label range of 2 litre and 3 litre milks by 10 cents per litre.

“We need to ensure a strong Australian dairy industry with a fair farm gate price, above the cost of production, to ensure a long-term sustainable Australian dairy industry,” Dairy Connect chief executive Shaughn Morgan said.

The Weekly Times, April 18 2019

The Weekly Times, April 18 2019

Dairy Connect calls for dairy commissioner and supporting agency

THE Labor Party says it will consider the appointment of a dairy commissioner if it wins the federal election following lobbying from industry advocacy group, Dairy Connect.

Dairy Connect has called for the appointment of a dairy commissioner and supporting agency to work as a conduit between industry and relevant ministers and the parliament on issues affecting the dairy industry.

Dairy Connect chief executive officer Shaughn Morgan said dairy producers required “strengthened external support” in their dealings with Government.

“The dairy industry is seeking resolutions to many of the issues confronting it: the ongoing devastating impact of the drought, increasing energy prices, high fodder costs, unfair and unconscionable milk supply agreements, implementation of the mandatory code, dairy cabinet prices that are way too low, imported cheese being dumped on Australian market — in general, market failure needing urgent structural reform,” Mr Morgan said.

The Age, April 16 2019

The Age, April 16 2019

'A staple like bread': Calls for dairy commissioner to help farmers

Australian dairy farmers are calling for an independent commissioner to advise the government of the day on policy so that farmers can be assisted on the "very difficult" road ahead.

"We need a coordinated approach to an agricultural commodity that is very different from everything else. It's fresh, nutritious — and it has a short shelf life," Dairy Connect chief executive Shaughn Morgan said.

The New South Wales-focused dairy lobby group issued calls for a national commissioner on Monday, suggesting the role would be similar to a small business commissioner but with a sole focus on farming.

edairynews, 15 April 2019

edairynews, 15 April 2019

Dairy | Call for a new Federal Dairy Commissioner

Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan said it had become increasingly apparent that dairy producers required strengthened external support in their increasingly complex dealings with government and stakeholders.

The dairy industry is seeking resolutions to many of the issues confronting it including the ongoing impact of the drought, increasing energy prices, high fodder costs, unfair milk supply agreements and the implementation of the Mandatory Code.

«A Federal Dairy Commissioner would provide a conduit to relevant Ministers and the Federal Parliament on issues that continue to be raised by the dairy industry on a regular and on-going basis,» he said.

North Queensland Register, April 15 2019

North Queensland Register, April 15 2019

Call for a new Federal Dairy Commissioner

The peak lobby group representing Australian dairy farmers is calling for the creation of a Federal Dairy Commissioner to represent producers in Canberra. 

Dairy Connect CEO Shaughn Morgan said it had become increasingly apparent that dairy producers required strengthened external support in their increasingly complex dealings with government and stakeholders.

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.