Step downs 'extreme option': Bega Cheese chair

Milk price step downs should only be applied as an “extreme option”, Bega Cheese chairman Barry Irvin, told the Senate dairy inquiry on Thursday.
Milk price step downs should only be applied as an “extreme option”, Bega Cheese chairman Barry Irvin, told the Senate dairy inquiry on Thursday.
Claims by the former Murray Goulburn (MG) chief executive Gary Helou that corporate regulators were yet to contact him, have been met with alarm by a Victorian dairy industry leader.
02 Feb 17 Claims by the former Murray Goulburn (MG) chief executive Gary Helou that corporate regulators were yet to contact him, have been met with alarm by a Victorian dairy industry leader.
Fonterra Australia has lifted its average farmgate milk price to $5.20 per kilogram of milk solids.
02 Feb 17 Fonterra Australia has lifted its average farmgate milk price to $5.20 per kilogram of milk solids.
Gary Helou has stood by the strategy he adopted as Murray Goulburn's managing director despite the catastrophic farmgate milk price cut last April.
01 Feb 17 Gary Helou has stood by the strategy he adopted as Murray Goulburn's managing director despite the catastrophic farmgate milk price cut last April.
WHEN Phillip Schneider welcomed primary school students to his dairy farm they had one big question: “Why do you get paid so little for your milk?”.
01 Feb 17 WHEN Phillip Schneider welcomed primary school students to his dairy farm they had one big question: “Why do you get paid so little for your milk?”.
Victorian dairy farmers have expressed cautious backing for a decision to defer a vote on the Dairy Australia (DA) levy.
01 Feb 17 Victorian dairy farmers have expressed cautious backing for a decision to defer a vote on the Dairy Australia (DA) levy.
Australian milk production continues to plummet despite increasing exports.
31 Jan 17 Australian milk production continues to plummet despite increasing exports.
Dairyfarmers are growing increasingly weary of a tide of non-milk products labelled as “milk”.
30 Jan 17 Dairyfarmers are growing increasingly weary of a tide of non-milk products labelled as “milk”.
Plans for a 3600-cow dairy, on the South Australian border, appear to have been shelved indefinitely, according to the mayor of the council where the project was to have been established.
30 Jan 17 Plans for a 3600-cow dairy, on the South Australian border, appear to have been shelved indefinitely, according to the mayor of the council where the project was to have been established.
UPDATED: Canadian dairy giant, Saputo, has launched a premium-priced takeover for the remaining 12 per cent of Warrnambool Cheese and Butter (WCB) it does not already own.
30 Jan 17 UPDATED: Canadian dairy giant, Saputo, has launched a premium-priced takeover for the remaining 12 per cent of Warrnambool Cheese and Butter (WCB) it does not already own.
AS the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission starts to shine a bright light on trading practices and how farmers’ returns are determined in the dairy industry, one positive for farmgate prices has emerged.
27 Jan 17 AS the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission starts to shine a bright light on trading practices and how farmers’ returns are determined in the dairy industry, one positive for...
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 speak.
27 Jan 17 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 speak.
DETAILS on where profits are being made in the milk supply chain and how farmgate pricing decisions come about are expected to be closely scrutinised as part of a Federal Government-initiated competition inquiry getting into full swing from February.
27 Jan 17 DETAILS on where profits are being made in the milk supply chain and how farmgate pricing decisions come about are expected to be closely scrutinised as part of a Federal...
NSW milk producers supplying Parmalat have just been hit with the second farmgate price drop since mid last year, prompting further herd sell-offs.
25 Jan 17 NSW milk producers supplying Parmalat have just been hit with the second farmgate price drop since mid last year, prompting further herd sell-offs.
Milk prices are continuing to cause more pain for farmers, a peak body is warning, with a leading processor announcing it will pay less for the product.
24 Jan 17 Milk prices are continuing to cause more pain for farmers, a peak body is warning, with a leading processor announcing it will pay less for the product.
DAUGHTERS of Dairy Farmers celebrated their fourth anniversary last Friday with the launch of a Twitter and Instagram page.
24 Jan 17 DAUGHTERS of Dairy Farmers celebrated their fourth anniversary last Friday with the launch of a Twitter and Instagram page.
A further three farming families have left or are leaving Western Australia's dairy industry after processors said they did not want their milk.
23 Jan 17 A further three farming families have left or are leaving Western Australia's dairy industry after processors said they did not want their milk.
The general manager for strategy behind the $155 million Sustainable Agriculture Fund, Deo de Jesus, says the diversification of the fund's farmland holdings has been a crucial factor in helping it to deliver yet another strong operating profit and rise in land vale.
23 Jan 17 The general manager for strategy behind the $155 million Sustainable Agriculture Fund, Deo de Jesus, says the diversification of the fund's farmland holdings has been a crucial factor in...
OPINION: Australian farmers are among the world's most innovative and efficient.
23 Jan 17 OPINION: Australian farmers are among the world's most innovative and efficient.
Bega Cheese has bought back the farm by broadening its reach in the food industry, snapping up Australia’s iconic yeast spread, Vegemite, and other Kraft brands, in a $460 million deal.
20 Jan 17 Bega Cheese has bought back the farm by broadening its reach in the food industry, snapping up Australia’s iconic yeast spread, Vegemite, and other Kraft brands, in a $460 million deal.
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 next season.
20 Jan 17 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...
ALL eyes are on estranged negotiations between Queensland dairyfarmers and big processor Parmalat, with the outcome touted to set the scene for this year’s opening milk farmgate prices.
20 Jan 17 ALL eyes are on estranged negotiations between Queensland dairyfarmers and big processor Parmalat, with the outcome touted to set the scene for this year’s opening milk farmgate prices.
The dairy industry was in a cautious recovery and could be three to six months from a peak, according to leading dairy analyst, Freshagenda director Steve Spencer.
19 Jan 17 The dairy industry was in a cautious recovery and could be three to six months from a peak, according to leading dairy analyst, Freshagenda director Steve Spencer.
Prices rose 0.6 per cent to US$3517 per metric tonne at the GlobalDairyTrade auction overnight.
18 Jan 17 Prices rose 0.6 per cent to US$3517 per metric tonne at the GlobalDairyTrade auction overnight.
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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...