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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 reception@dairypage.com.au





Collective Bargaining Guide for Dairy Farmers: Dairy Australia has just released its Collective Bargaining Guide for Dairy Farmers, this guide was produced as part of the Northern Dairy Industry Strategy.
If you're a dairy farmer and thinking of forming a group to negotiate supply contracts then this how-to guide,  can help you. Topics include:
  • understanding what is involved with setting up a collective bargaining group
  • understanding the benefits including:
    • greater price certainty
    • milk quality premiums
    • reduced costs through transport
  • avoiding pitfalls, including:
    • unrealistic expectations
    • poor communication
    • poor governance
The guide which can be downloaded HERE also includes case studies, governance guidelines and resources and contacts.
There are however legal considerations for collective bargaining in Australia and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) assesses each application on a case by case basis.
Learn about the NEW Dairy & Fodder Water for Profit program click here
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  http://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/Animals-feed-and-environment/Environment/Extreme-weather.aspx























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