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'Your Industry, Your Organisation, Your Voice’
The QDO is the peak industry organisation representing the interests of and supplying services to Queensland dairy farmers and the northern dairy industry.
The QDO represents the interests of Queensland dairy farmers and the northern dairy industry on a wide range of issues with the objective of deriving positive outcomes for members and the industry as a whole.
The QDO is a ‘not for profit’ company limited by guarantee, with voluntary dairy farmer membership and democratically member elected representatives at local, regional and state levels.
The QDO provides a wide range of information and other services to members and when these benefits are combined they can exceed the annual cost of membership.
The QDO also manages and delivers a range of programs and projects on behalf of and for the industry, with a range of industry partners.
The QDO works with and is a member of the Queensland Farmers’ Federation and Australian Dairy Farmers.
The QDO head office is located on Level 8 of Primary Producers House, 183 North Quay in Brisbane. To contact us telephone (07) 3236 2955 or send an email to
UQ DAIRY UPDATE VIDEOS – ON LINE:
The C4Milk team are proud to present the first of their monthly UQ dairy update video clips. The video’s can be accessed through the Queensland Agriculture Youtube channel and will also be linked to dairyinfo.biz, YDN pages, UQ pages and Qld Gov Facebook page as well promoted through QDO, SDP and DAF groups. At this stage they have produced the UQ dairy update video with Phil Martin (Gatton dairy manager) presenting the UQ dairy figures, summer feed harvest and current trial work. There is also a clip updating industry on the progress of C4Milk’s fodder beet demonstration with UQ. Thanks in the production of these video’s goes out to Kieran Ison, Kieran Bourke (both from dairy farms) and Jordan Minniecon. The C4 team would like to hear your thoughts on these videos if you have any feedback.
Fodder Beet Development Trial – April 2015
UQ Gatton Dairy Statistics Update.
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Do You Have An Emergency PLan?:
Now is a good time to think of emergency plans on your farm. It is expected to be a stormy summer with localised flash flooding. Improving seasonal conditions have also made way for increased pasture growth, resulting in a high fuel load for grass fires. Farmers are advised to check their property periodically for hazards, risks and areas of vulnerability as it can usefully be linked to a review of emergency planning for their business. Recognising hazards and taking steps to reduce or eliminate them may create a safer environment for everyone on-farm. Dairy Australia has developed a questionnaire to help farmers prepare for and reduce the potential for injury and property damage.
The questions include:
Do you have a written emergency plan?
Do employees know what to do if a problem or situation arises?
Is a list of key contact numbers available and easily found (including your milk company representative, neighbour, vet, SES, stock feed supplier etc)?
Do you have a seasonal work plan in place to trim edges and/or clear trees and shrubs from around buildings and rubbish, leaves etc from around the farm?
Do you and your employees know the maximum flood height for your property?
Do you have a refuge paddock/area for livestock in the event of a grass or bush fire or flood?
Ensuring identification for stock and pets to help with their return,
Do you have a stock feeding plan for emergency situations including storage, access, who is responsible, daily rations, availability of drinking water etc?
Do you have a system in place to monitor news and weather events, radio, websites etc?
Do you have a generator or a hardwired connection point for emergency power from a hired generator and have you checked its operation?
Do you have batteries, torch, battery operated radio, is mobile phone fully charged?
Backing up computer files and records and photographing assets,
Turn off power and gas.
For a copy of the checklist and for more preparedness information visit
2014 QDAS Report
Latest report is now available to download here:
The Queensland Dairy Accounting Scheme (QDAS) was established to improve the understanding of business principles among advisors and dairy farmers by providing farm management accounting and analysis. It also examines the business traits of profitability, solvency and efficiency whilst helping dairy farmers make informed business decisions.
The data is collected and processed between August and November and supervised by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Farmer participation in QDAS is voluntary and free. Results and trends need to be interpreted carefully as QDAS farms have larger herds and produce more milk per farm than the Queensland average.
There is no charge for the service, and all individual records and reports are confidential.
All co-operators in QDAS use on-farm computers to collate monthly accounts, produce Business Activity Statements (BAS) and/or provide compiled data for taxation preparation. Co-operating farmers use a coding system that is compatible with all these statements and uses.
For further information contact:
Senior Scientist (Dairy Farm Business Management)
Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
PO Box 102
TOOWOOMBA Q 4350
Phone: 07 4688 1094
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