Hunter dairy industry weathers tough times

THE Hunter Valley's 106 dairy farms are under pressure after the loss of more than two-thirds of all farms since deregulation in 2000, the closure of another four farms in 2016, and mining and urban encroachment that has led to questions about the industry's long-term viability.
THE Hunter Valley's 106 dairy farms are under pressure after the loss of more than two-thirds of all farms since deregulation in 2000, the closure of another four farms in 2016, and mining and urban encroachment that has led to questions about the industry's long-term viability.
Every boom brings with it a bust. But when it comes to companies relying on China for a large portion of their sales, the wild card of government regulation looms large over any decision made by management.
16 Jan 17 Every boom brings with it a bust. But when it comes to companies relying on China for a large portion of their sales, the wild card of government regulation looms large over any decision...
The board of troubled infant milk formula group Bellamy's Australia is expected to pursue legal action in a bid to unmask the identity of the mysterious owner of a key block of capital in the company as it seeks to push back against efforts to take control of the board.
16 Jan 17 The board of troubled infant milk formula group Bellamy's Australia is expected to pursue legal action in a bid to unmask the identity of the mysterious owner of a key block of capital...
FARMERS and their families enjoyed a day away from their properties on Sunday.
16 Jan 17 FARMERS and their families enjoyed a day away from their properties on Sunday.
Major live exporter company Wellard bought a 340-hectare property at Condah, west of Macarthur, Vic, to service its move into live cattle exports to China.
16 Jan 17 Major live exporter company Wellard bought a 340-hectare property at Condah, west of Macarthur, Vic, to service its move into live cattle exports to China.
Victoria’s dairy industry has scale and history, but Tasmania has new irrigation water and new investment - which is why a Westpac-sponsored group of innovative Victorian farmers recently travelled across Bass Strait.
13 Jan 17 Victoria’s dairy industry has scale and history, but Tasmania has new irrigation water and new investment - which is why a Westpac-sponsored group of innovative Victorian farmers...
Just when the nutritional dairy powder market looks to be turning a little sour for some, the diverse food and beverage business Freedom Foods is expanding its footprint.
12 Jan 17 Just when the nutritional dairy powder market looks to be turning a little sour for some, the diverse food and beverage business Freedom Foods is expanding its footprint.
Farmer activist group Farmer Power is to make a submission to an inquiry by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman that is investigating the impact on small businesses of late payments and other poor payment practices by big corporations.
12 Jan 17 Farmer activist group Farmer Power is to make a submission to an inquiry by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman that is investigating the impact on small...
A MULTI-MILLION-dollar dairy factory in South East South Australia has taken a big step forward with stage one officially opened on Monday.
12 Jan 17 A MULTI-MILLION-dollar dairy factory in South East South Australia has taken a big step forward with stage one officially opened on Monday.
New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra is in the box seat to control the future of Bellamy's Organic under a
12 Jan 17 New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra is in the box seat to control the future of Bellamy's Organic under a "poison pill" arrangement that can be triggered if a shareholder group controls...
Australian milk production is forecast to hit its lowest level in more than 20 years even as global prices surge.
11 Jan 17 Australian milk production is forecast to hit its lowest level in more than 20 years even as global prices surge.
SCENIC Rim 4Real Milk founder Greg Dennis has launched a petition aimed squarely at the federal government and their perceived lack of progress on regulating the price of milk.
11 Jan 17 SCENIC Rim 4Real Milk founder Greg Dennis has launched a petition aimed squarely at the federal government and their perceived lack of progress on regulating the price of milk.
Jan Cameron's bizarre bid to roll selected board members of Bellamy's Organic has only added to the stink surrounding the troubled infant formula company's dramatic fall from grace.
09 Jan 17 Jan Cameron's bizarre bid to roll selected board members of Bellamy's Organic has only added to the stink surrounding the troubled infant formula company's dramatic fall from grace.
COMMUNITIES across south-west Victoria have welcomed a $50 million state government funding boost that will widen and repair many roads they have labelled as unsafe.
09 Jan 17 COMMUNITIES across south-west Victoria have welcomed a $50 million state government funding boost that will widen and repair many roads they have labelled as unsafe.
Tasmanian farmer Michael Perkins does not like to dwell on the fatal floods that ravaged his property seven months ago.
09 Jan 17 Tasmanian farmer Michael Perkins does not like to dwell on the fatal floods that ravaged his property seven months ago.
PREDICTIONS show a recovery in the dairy price in 2017 but experts warn it will be “slow and modest”.
09 Jan 17 PREDICTIONS show a recovery in the dairy price in 2017 but experts warn it will be “slow and modest”.
AFTER finishing high school, Ashleigh Gamble, 26, moved from her family home in Bamawm, Victoria, to study beauty therapy in Melbourne.
07 Jan 17 AFTER finishing high school, Ashleigh Gamble, 26, moved from her family home in Bamawm, Victoria, to study beauty therapy in Melbourne.
DAIRYING in the subtropics at Dobies Bight, NSW, Wayne and Paul Clarke know too well the importance of keeping cows comfortable in hot and humid weather.
06 Jan 17 DAIRYING in the subtropics at Dobies Bight, NSW, Wayne and Paul Clarke know too well the importance of keeping cows comfortable in hot and humid weather.
The Brown Swiss cow that helped lead the 'Save the Dairyfarmer' rally in Melbourne will be part of the team Ben Govett takes to International Dairy Week (IDW) this year.
05 Jan 17 The Brown Swiss cow that helped lead the 'Save the Dairyfarmer' rally in Melbourne will be part of the team Ben Govett takes to International Dairy Week (IDW) this year.
Fonterra milk and cream prices have risen in New Zealand shops this week, just as world dairy prices took another hit at the GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction overnight.
04 Jan 17 Fonterra milk and cream prices have risen in New Zealand shops this week, just as world dairy prices took another hit at the GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction overnight.
This year's Australian Dairy Conference aims to get delegates thinking beyond the farm gate. For the first time in its history, the event heads to Adelaide and will be held at the National Wine Centre of Australia from February 14 to February 16.
04 Jan 17 This year's Australian Dairy Conference aims to get delegates thinking beyond the farm gate. For the first time in its history, the event heads to Adelaide and will be held at the...
Long-serving Gardiner Dairy Foundation board member Mike Carroll is stepping down after six years.
03 Jan 17 Long-serving Gardiner Dairy Foundation board member Mike Carroll is stepping down after six years.
Hannah Wandel wants young dairyfarmers and industry people, as well as students in dairying regions, to follow her footsteps from the country to creating change in Canberra.
02 Jan 17 Hannah Wandel wants young dairyfarmers and industry people, as well as students in dairying regions, to follow her footsteps from the country to creating change in Canberra.
THE ability of dairyfarmers to adapt to a changing environment has been put to the test in a three-year project.
30 Dec 16 THE ability of dairyfarmers to adapt to a changing environment has been put to the test in a three-year project.
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Improving pasture consumption was the focus of recent pasture coaching groups organised by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture Dairy Centre as part of the Dairy On PAR project.
05 May 17 Improving pasture consumption was the focus of recent pasture coaching groups organised by the Tasmanian Institute...
Australian dairyfarmers are missing out on the opportunity for more profit by not better managing their home-grown feedbase, according to Gardiner Dairy Foundation chair Dr Bruce Kefford.
24 Mar 17 Australian dairyfarmers are missing out on the opportunity for more profit by not better managing their home-grown...
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I wanted to tell Nick how his Farmers' Own milk is the best I have tasted and at $3 for 2L is
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Farmers angry at the unfairness to them or to other farmers who switched, and / or who are
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Where was the ADF support for dairy farmers back in April 2016? Nobody from ADF spoke out
As dairy farmers grapple with regulations on effluent storage a New Zealand man has come up with a simple solution.
9:42 AM As dairy farmers grapple with regulations on effluent storage a New Zealand man has come up with a simple solution.
South Australian dairyfarmers are investing in generators to help guarantee their power supply in response to electricity outages. 
03 May 17 South Australian dairyfarmers are investing in generators to help guarantee their power supply in response to...
Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.22 Sep 16 Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.
Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition opportunities.25 Sep 16 Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition...