Milk price initiative explored.

The architects of the Australian Milk Price Initiative say their proposal will be a win-win for farmers and processors, and a senior banker says it could transform the way financiers view the industry.

Funding the development of the AMPI to the tune of $560,000 was one of the biggest election promises made to the dairy industry by the Coalition.

"A re-elected Morrison Government will, through Australian Dairy Farmers, engage the Australian Milk Price Initiative to design new milk pricing and marketing concepts for the dairy sector," the announcement read. 

"This will give dairy farmers better leverage, more transparency from the supply chain and more choices on how and when they price their milk."

The commitment matched almost perfectly one of the top priorities that has since emerged from Australian Dairy Plan workshops, a milk market. 

"New measures to increase transparency and help manage market risk including the establishment of a functioning milk price market and new risk measures backed by government legislation," the resolution said.

Asked to describe the initiative, AMPI organiser Scott Briggs said it would allow farmers to be more active managers of their milk supply.

"AMPI is a proposal to allow farmers to sell their own milk on the milk swap market," Mr Briggs said. 

"Basically, they will be able to sell milk to third parties, not just the processor that normally picks up their milk.

"That milk gets delivered via a milk swap.

"That's a fairly non-transparent part of the milk market for most farmers. 

"What we're suggesting is that we actually create an open market for the trade of milk by farmers to processors. 

"That gives the farmer has a hell of a lot more choice when it comes to who they're selling to, when they're selling, what price the farmer is receiving and the contract terms they're getting.

"We want to bring that part of the market up into the light and empower farmers so they have more choice in the way they sell their milk." 

The milk swaps would be a combination of virtual and physical transfers between factories rather than at the farm gate.

"If your swap means there would be some milk going from processor A to processor B, we'd actually look at netting that off against any milk that's going from processor B to processor A, to get some transport efficiencies out of it but what we've done is actually create a totally open transparent market," Mr Briggs said.

The accounting for swapped volumes and payment would be managed via an online platform that would be visible to participants.

"You actually see all of the price, all of the trade, and all of the netting down, etc, happening through one price exchange quite efficiently," he said. 

"We already see that in wool, grains and sugar."

AMPI co-organiser Garry Booth said transparent milk swaps would make the entire supply chain more efficient.

"In the case of the grain contracts on the ASX, only about 3-4 per cent ever actually goes to delivery," Mr Booth said. 

"It doesn't mean people can't make or take delivery but a transparent contract brings a dramatic increase in efficiency right across the board and solves the logistics problem." 

Even so, real trades, as distinct from hedges and other financial trades, played two vital roles, Mr Booth said.

The first was price discovery, which allowed others in the supply chain to accurately understand genuine price movements.

The other was trust in the integrity of the market mechanism itself.

Building confidence

Commonwealth Bank head of agricultural commodities trading Daniel Marsh said physical trades were vital to ensure relevance for the end user.

"People use the contracts as a procurement or commercial tool, linking that in with onward decisions," Mr Mash said.

"If there's a big dislocation between the index or the futures or the derivative price and the actual physical that they're aiming to manage risk against, it will become ineffective. 

"And ineffectiveness is a real killer for liquidity."

Mr Marsh to have confidence, the bank needed to know there was liquidity.

"It's also good to know which sectors of the market are actually engaged with, and using, the the index or benchmark," he said.

"It provides information around, clearly, the market price but also the extent to which people are potentially managing risk.

"Not only does it help with with price risk management decisions but, from a bank's point of view if they're financing or they might be lending into those markets, it also provides a way for the bank to manage and quantify its risk from a market risk and a credit risk perspective, which is really useful.

"A benchmark is really transformational in terms of how it can enable banks to look at risk differently and therefore change their appetite in terms of how much they might wish to lend to those markets."

AMPI organiser Scott Briggs said the entire supply chain would benefit from a more transparent market.

"We're not just talking about farmers here, processors can benefit from having that choice by matching up their sales with their milk buying much better than they currently do," he said.

"From a whole of industry perspective, we can actually establish risk management tools that everybody trusts, everybody sees and believes in, and therefore everybody's willing to use."

"It's important to note that we're not talking about completely removing the current industry pricing structure - that will stay the same.

"Farmers and processor will choose when, and if, they trade some milk on the open milk market.

"The actual market design and technology is there; it already exists in other the markets.

"What we as an industry need to do is get everybody in the room to discuss how to make it work for all of us."

This story first appeared on Stock & Land

Farm trespassers face jail under new NSW laws.

THE NSW Government has announced the nation’s first jail terms for farm trespassers and will introduce tough new measures to protect ‘the right to farm’ from nuisance complainants.

NSW Nationals’ leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro today announced the State’s new Right to Farm Bill would, if passed, legislate jail terms up to three years for farm trespassers and fines up to $22,000.
New offences would be created for aggravating factors such as trespassing as a group, damaging property and releasing livestock and tampering with farm gates and ramps.

In a first for the farm sector, the NSW Government will also attempt to bring in legal recognition of a farmer’s right to farm, to protect farmers from “nuisance complaints”, claims and legal action from their neighbours and other third parties.

It means a court won’t be able to order an injunction against an activity that is allegedly causing a nuisance such as trucks moving chickens or spray rigs spraying crops.

The tough new laws have been hailed by the NSW Farmers’ Association, which has run a major campaign on the impact of farm trespass on businesses and rural families.

NSW Nationals’ leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the Bill would help address the increasing number of attacks on farming families.

“This legislation is all about sending the clearest possible message: enough is enough,” Mr Barilaro said.
“If you invade a farm in NSW you’ll face the toughest penalties in the nation and three years potential jail time.

“If you move next door to a farm and decide you don’t like the way it looks or sounds, then you won’t have the grounds to take that farmer to court with nuisance claims.”

Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said the changes include new offences that do not exist in any other state or territory.

“Existing penalties of up to $5500 in fines are just a slap on the wrist,” Mr Marshall said. “Now if you’re farming legally and have so for many years, you’re not going to cop a nuisance claim and potential legal action just because some folks from the city moved next door and decided they didn’t like the sound of your dairy cows.”

The Bill comes on top of recent regulatory changes introduced under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015, which impose further offences and large financial penalties for farm trespass which breach on-farm biosecurity plans.

Source: LUCY KNIGHT , The Weekly Times

Results from the Royal Queensland Show 2019

Last Friday marked the last day of dairy judging at the 2019 Royal Queensland Show.

A big congratulations to all the winners, but special mentions go to:

Supreme Champion Udder that went to Guernsey - Bruhanna Francis the 12th exhibited by the Hayden family from Pilton

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Supreme Champion Dairy Cow which was taken out by Illawarra -  Eacham Vale Precious 7 exhibited by the English family from Malanda in Far North Queensland and

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Champion Milk Production Cow was taken out by Illawarra - Riverwood Joy exhibited by the Ledger family with 2.64kg of Fat + Protein and 37.27kg of milk to win both the fat plus protein class and the weight of milk all produced in 24 hours. Impressive!

Champion Milk Production Cow - Riverwood Joy

Champion Milk Production Cow - Riverwood Joy

The Cutest Cow of Show went to the beautiful and popular Holstein, Glen Echo Honey exhibited by the Parker family of Kenilworth. The Cutest Calf of Show was awarded to the 5 month old Jersey, Nobbyview Pansy, exhibited by Tim Beattie of Glanmorgan Vale.

You can view and download the Dairy results here. Please note as at 3.30 p.m 20/8 only some of the details in the Illawarra class have been published by the RNA - and punctuation is lacking also. Those that have messaged us will receive notification again once we see these details completed.

A big congratulations to all involved. It takes a lot of sweat, tears and hard work to raise a champion!

Cutest Calf of Show - Pansy

Cutest Calf of Show - Pansy

Cutest Cow of Show - Honey

Cutest Cow of Show - Honey

Supplier directory shows support for Queensland jobs

From Mareeba to Varsity Lakes and everywhere in between, Queensland is brimming with quality local produce.

Now Queenslanders have access to a directory of 224 suppliers who both produce and employ locally.

Speaking at the Ekka, Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said the companies on the Food and Beverage Supplier Directory were providing jobs for Queenslanders and helping boost the state’s economy.

“I announced the establishment of this directory earlier this year and already we have had 224 suppliers approved for it,” Mr de Brenni said.

“To make the cut they have to prove they have a significant presence in Queensland, employ Queenslanders and use Queensland produce.

“Each year the Palaszczuk Government spends around $100 million on food and beverages for our correctional facilities, hospitals and schools.

“That breaks down to about $13.3 million on meat and poultry, more than $9 million in fruit and vegetables, $7.8 million on bread and milk and $6.4 in dairy products. 

“We are committed to buying local and I hope through this directory, Queenslanders get on board too.

“If everyone puts products from these companies at the top of their shopping lists, it will mean a huge boost for jobs and Queensland’s economy.”

Mr de Brenni said the Buy Queensland policy was all about jobs.

“Every time the government invests $1 million into a project it creates the equivalent of 3.3 jobs,” he said.

“Queensland’s agriculture, fishing and forestry industry employs nearly 70,000 while more than 44,000 Queenslanders work in food product manufacturing. 

“By introducing this directory, we are showing that we, as a government, support those companies that support Queensland jobs.”

Mr de Brenni said the Food and Beverage Supplier Directory had the backing of the industry and had been developed in conjunction with it.

“This directory is something that was suggested by the food and beverage sector and has been developed hand-in-hand with them through an advisory committee,” he said.

“I would like to thank the committee members for their work and I know that they have been actively promoting the directory in their particular sectors.

“What I would now like to see is more businesses getting on board so all Queenslanders can back them.”

Suppliers can apply to be on the directory by going to: qld.gov.au/buyqueensland

 Source: http://statements.qld.gov.au

ADF CEO Report and Policy Updates.

Much has been said in recent months and weeks around the Australian Dairy Plan. Following considerable preparation, ADF and the other partner organisations were delighted to see more than 1,000 people attend 25 workshops convened across Australia. I attended a number of these workshops and jointly facilitated the final three. It was a timely and important opportunity to hear directly from dairy farmers on what is important to you:

  • Recognising that the industry has changed substantially over the past twenty years;

  • Recognising that the cost of production has risen substantially coupled with the fact that retail prices have not tracked accordingly;

  • Recognising that industry is calling for transformational change that delivers a stronger voice around advocacy with structures that better reflect the needs of a vibrant and modern industry.

We have heard these messages and look forward to next steps, including the establishment of a Joint Transition Team. This group of people will be charged with developing options for improved structural arrangements and we are busy working with partners preparing next steps around the Dairy Plan. The process so far, and the outcomes and camaraderie that was built from the recent National Workshop, has further galvanised the desire from ADF to ensure we are doing everything possible to support dairy farmers.

As you may have read, ADF and 11 contributing processors have concluded their funding agreement which supported the operations of the Australian Dairy Industry Council. This was a significant decision and we look forward to continuing our current advocacy efforts without our independence being brought into question. All this being said, the future of the ADIC and a through-chain policy voice for the industry is paramount and we look forward to working with the processing sector to ensure this continues.

As is outlined through this update, ADF continues to engage with government and lead dairy farmers’ national advocacy efforts on a number of important fronts. Farm trespass, the Coalition’s dairy-specific election commitments, trade and market access, animal health and biosecurity, animal welfare and social license to operate as well as water policy are some of the many issues currently in play. It’s great to see that our initiative around milk labelling, including our online petition, is quickly gaining support and signatures.

Staff are busy preparing for several important meetings in Canberra to engage on a number of these and related pivotal dairy issues. It is pleasing to see our Federal parliamentary activity escalating on the back of a busy few months pre- and post the federal election.

Yours sincerely,

David Inall,
CEO, Australian Dairy Farmers

ADF recently hosted Shadow Trade Minister Madeleine King to talk about the risk of geographic indications in an Australia-European free trade agreement (FTA), including a dairy farmer round table in Gippsland and a visit to cheese manufacturer Floridia Cheese.

Policy Update

Commitments in the ADIC 2019 Election Policy Statement are progressing:

  1. ADF attended the 26th negotiating round of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in Melbourne. This enabled the industry to convey its support for the agreement to be made by the end of the year.

  2. Submissions to the Joint Standing Committee on Trade are currently under development for the Indonesian and Hong Kong FTAs. These are due by August 23 2019.

  3. Work has commenced on developing a business case to counter the EU’s potential arguments over Geographical Indications. This will be submitted when the consultation phase is opened in the negotiation.

  4. A Terms of Reference has been drafted for a Productivity Commission Review into the Dairy Industry’s Competitiveness. ADF has commenced consultation with the federal Minister for Trade’s office on this proposal.

  5. Discussions have commenced with the Department of Energy on implementation of the $10 million Energy Efficient Grants for dairy farms. This was a flagship initiative in the $22m Dairy Support Package. It was included in the package to implement one of the three commitments in the statement designed to reduce energy cost for the dairy industry.

  6. Contact has been made with the CSIRO’s Land and Water team to initiate discussions on a proposal to develop a water supply blueprint for the nation. The purpose of this work is to develop a strong evidence-based strategic policy for securing a long-term water supply for agriculture.

This follows on from letters being sent to all relevant ministers, shadow ministers and dairy region members of parliament providing them a copy of the statement in June 2019. A copy of the statement can be accessed here.
 
On August 1 2019, ADF made submissions to the Victorian and Australian parliaments on their inquiries into farm trespass and animal activism. Progress of the inquiries, including display of all submissions lodged, can be viewed on the Victorian and Australian parliamentary websites. A copy of the Victorian submission was also provided to the Queensland Liberal Opposition Leader’s office to help drive their Bill through the Queensland Parliament, which can be viewed here.
 
On August 1 2019, Greens Senator Janet Rice introduced a motion to disallow the Gene Technology Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019. At this stage it appears that this will be voted on in the Senate on September 17 2019. ADF has developed a draft advocacy campaign and is working with the National Farmers Federation to ensure this motion is not approved.
 
On June 28  2019 letters were sent to Ministers Colbeck and McKenzie requesting specific action to remove the term ‘milk’ from plant based alternatives and restore truth in labelling. Significant media has resulted from this action, including an article in the Australia. To add weight to the argument ADF launched an online petition for supporters to sign. Please invite your friends and family to sign via https://farmers.org.au/campaign/reclaimmilk/
 
On 26 June 2019 ADF attended the national Safemeat Partners meeting in Canberra. This is a joint meeting between Australia’s livestock industry leaders and federal and state government representatives to determine policy and regulation relating to livestock biosecurity. Key decision arising from the meeting for the dairy industry included a shift to digitalising supply chain traceability e.g. National Vendor Declarations.
 
Discussion with the Department of Agriculture has confirmed the dairy code of practice and $22 million Dairy Support Package are currently subject to post election legal, policy and budget processes. Over the coming months ADF will be convening workshops and stakeholder consultations to develop project plans for these initiatives.
 
Face to face meetings have been completed for ADF’s five Policy Advisory Groups and ADIC’s Water Taskforce in mid July 2019. ADF’s representatives on the NFF Committees have been confirmed and operationalised. Other outcomes arising from these meetings will be written up into an ‘ADF Operational Plan’ for delivery in 2019-20. A draft will be sent to members of these groups for review/approval before tabling at ADF’s National Council and Board meetings in October for their review/approval.
 
ADF’s CEO and Director Strategy and Policy presented ADF’s 2018-19 achievements and priorities are the WAFarmers 2019 Dairy Conference in Busselton WA on 4 July 2019. Elements of this presentation were delivered to the Policy Advisory Groups and will form the basis of the ADF’s 2019 Annual Report.

Dairy in the media

Dairy continues to feature prominently in the media - from ADF's campaign to reclaim the term "milk" from plant-based products to our push for tougher trespass laws, and culminating in the outcomes from the two-day Dairy Plan national workshop last week.

Some of the highlights from the past month were:

ADF calls for bigger fines and the public outing of farm trespass offenders

Australia's peak dairy farmer lobby group says Victorian laws should be bolstered to protect farmers' human rights from animal activists and give police the authority to issue on-the-spot fines of up to $12,000 for farm trespass offences.

In its submission to the state government's Inquiry into the Impact of Animal Rights Activism on Victorian Agriculture, Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) argues animal activists are causing "undue hardship to farmers".


Read more here.

The Australian Dairy Plan workshops highlight need for change

An “overwhelming” need for a new dairy industry structure is one of the key points to have come out of the recent Australian Dairy Plan workshops.

Australian Dairy Plan chairman John Brumby told The Weekly Times from the 1000 attendees at 23 workshops, “overwhelmingly contributors identified the need for industry bodies to do things differently”.

Read more here.

Processors asked to help fund Dairy Australia

Dairy processors are being asked to step up to the plate and contribute more to Dairy Australia, which is funded by a combination of farmer levies and taxpayer funds.

Peak farmer lobby group, Australian Dairy Farmers is leading the charge.

Read more here.

Funding deal ends

A dairy lobby group will no longer receive funding from processors after a three-year agreement ended on June 30.

Australian Dairy Farmers said the agreement, which had seen 11 processors contribute to funding the Australian Dairy Industry Council, would not be renewed.

Read more here.

Farmers' war on almond, soy milk

Dairy farmers are fighting the plant-based milk revolution, pushing the federal government to take steps to prevent products which are not made of dairy from being labelled “milk”.

Advocacy group Australian Dairy Farmers has written to Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie and Chair of the Ministerial Food Forum Richard Colbeck pushing to prevent non-dairy “milks” such as almond or soy milk from labelling their products as milk.

Read more here.

Woolworths has followed Aldi's lead, lifting the price of its homebrand milk from today.

Woolies follows Aldi's lead and lifts retail milk price but Coles refuses to follow

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Woolworths will today follow Aldi's move earlier this week to lift the retail price of its homebrand milk on supermarket shelves but Coles has rejected calls from dairy bodies to follow suit.

On Wednesday, Stock & Land broke the news that Aldi had lifted its prices and, today, Woolworths will match them, with 1 litre Woolworths branded milk selling for $1.29, 2L at $2.39 and 3L at $3.59.

That afternoon, Coles rejected the calls from farmer bodies to do the same, saying "Aldi's milk prices are a matter for Aldi" and pointing to its move to the direct sourcing of milk from farmers.

Woolworths, however, has made a virtue of being the first to drop dollar-a-litre milk, the source of much anger from farmers, particularly those in states like Queensland, NSW and Western Australia, where most of the milk produced is sold as drinking milk on supermarket shelves.

"In February we were pleased to be the first national supermarket to transition away from $1 per litre fresh milk with the introduction of a nationwide 10-cent-per-litre levy on two and three-litre Woolworths branded milk for dairy farmers," a Woolworths spokesperson said.

"This extraordinary measure was designed to provide much needed confidence and immediate relief to dairy farmers given there had been little to no increase in farmgate prices for some time."

"The benefits of our February price change continue to flow through to more than 450 dairy farmers in full and we stand by this commitment."

"Since February, we have seen farmgate prices increase significantly and they're forecast to continue rising throughout the year.

"As a result of these farmgate price movements, we have been paying our suppliers even more for milk and other dairy products across the category over recent months.

"Due to these ongoing whole-of-market cost pressures, we have reviewed and adjusted the price of Woolworths milk."

Rabobank's latest Global Dairy Quarterly stated competition for milk among dairy companies was driving "record-high opening and forecast closing milk prices in 2019/20."

The high prices come as processors scramble to collect enough milk as farmers respond to drought and painfully high prices for water and stockfeed.

Rabobank expects Australian milk production to close the current season down 8.5 per cent at 8.5 billion litres.

Despite the improvement in milk prices, Rabobank senior analyst Michael Harvey said rebuilding milk supply would be slow.

"Autumn was dry for many dairying regions, leading to ongoing feed shortages," Mr Harvey said. 

"Also, many dairy farm operators will need time to rebuild herds. 

"With a return to profitability as milk prices improve, an immediate focus will be on repairs and maintenance ahead of major expansion projects."

The bank's forecast for Australian milk production in the 2019/20 season has been revised down, with milk supply now expected to fall by two per cent, taking annual production back to 8.4 billion litres.

NSW-based dairy lobby body Dairy Connect chief executive Shaughn Morgan welcomed the Woolworths announcement but said it was important to address the wider issues associated with supermarket discounting.

"This decision illustrates the market failure that is currently facing the dairy industry throughout Australia," Mr Morgan said.

"It also illustrates that the price paid for fresh, nutritious milk continues to be below that which its should be charged for.

"Dairy Connect calls upon Coles to also increase their homebrand.

"Further, it is hoped that the supermarkets will pass part of this increase through the value chain, via their processors, to the Aussie dairy farmer.

"It will also be vitally important that the supermarkets review the current low prices being paid for in the dairy cabinet generally.

"This is reflected, for example, by cheese imports into Australia making the price of cheese far too low.

"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."

Australian Dairy Farmers spokesperson Ashley Mackinnon said the peak national dairy farmer body was "relieved to see both Woolworths and Coles lock in their previous commitment to pass 10 cents a litre on their fresh milk lines back to farmers."

"We understand the intent of the Woolworths and Aldi price rises is to make that payment sustainable.

"But it also shows that after eight long years, retailers are recognising that dairy has value and are moving the price, just as they would with any other commodity."

Source: Stock and Land 25 July

Aldi lifts retail milk price another 10 cents.

ALDI has lifted the price of its homebrand milk another 10 cents a litre on top of the March 10-cent increase, bringing 1L of milk to $1.29.

ALDI has lifted the price of its homebrand milk another 10 cents a litre on top of the March 10-cent increase, bringing 1L of milk to $1.29.

ALDI has lifted the price of its homebrand milk another 10 cents a litre on top of the March 10-cent increase, bringing 1L of milk to $1.29.

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. "We have recently increased the retail price of our entire fresh milk range," an Aldi Australia spokesperson said. 

"These price rises are the direct result of the recent increase in the farm gate milk prices agreed between our milk suppliers and the dairy farmers." 

Asked whether the supermarket would return the proceeds of the increase to farmers, Aldi instead referred to the late-March 10-cent boost to the price its suppliers paid to farmers.

"We will continue to maintain the collection and distribution of 10 cents per litre implemented earlier this year and ensure that the proceeds are passed onto dairy farmers in full," the spokesperson said.  "We do not take price increases lightly, however these movements are necessary for building a long term sustainable Australian dairy industry."

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.

"Given the decision of Aldi to increase the price of milk, we call upon Coles and Woolworths to follow their lead.

"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."

Australian Dairy Farmers spokesperson Ashley Mackinnon said it was "comforting to know that Aldi Australia is providing certainty to farmers by committing to continue passing a 10-cent increase on its fresh milk products back to the farm gate." 

"Supermarket discounting has had an incredibly negative financial impact on the Australian dairy industry over the last eight years but now retailers are recognising that this pricing strategy must be fixed for the sake of the supply chain."

Rival supermarkets Coles and Woolworths have been contacted for comment.

Source: Stock and Land 24 July

The local farmers behind the labels.

Left to right: Torie Harrison, Kacey Walker, Tony Green, Lucas Kennedy and Kym Harrison.

Left to right: Torie Harrison, Kacey Walker, Tony Green, Lucas Kennedy and Kym Harrison.

Since deregulation in July, 2000, almost four in five of Queensland's dairy farms have exited the industry - the number has gone from 1,580 to just 324.

Five years ago Conondale dairy farmer Lucas Kennedy approached Woolworths to bring their Farmer's Own brand to Queensland and signed a direct deal with the supermarket.

"I actually approached them because they started in New South Wales, they were going there a good year before they came up here so I just kept ringing before they eventually came out, because I could see the whole concept of what they were doing," Mr Kennedy said.

"It was a very good relationship right from the start, they came to me and said 'What is a sustainable' milk price?' and I told them and they honoured that. "They've come in and said what do you need to still be here in ten years time and I guess I just felt that was the best way to go because where we were going we weren't going to survive and I wouldn't be here today."

The five Sunshine Coast farms are the only ones in Queensland to have a direct relationship with the supermarket.
Tony Green from Maleny is a fifth generation dairy farmer whose property has been in the family since 1906 when it was selected.

"It's good to keep it going and keep it in the family and hopefully we can do well out of dairying with this contract and keep going in the future."

Torie Harrison juggles working on her farm with working for the Queensland Dairy Farmer's Organisation.
"I'm so pleased that mum did get the contract to supply Farmer's Own because we were thinking about closing the dairy down so it has meant the difference for me staying and working in the dairy industry to possibly not working in the dairy industry at all."

Kacey Walker from Cambroon, juggles dairy farming with running a free range egg farm.
"We felt very fortunate to come on board with this group. They were selecting individual farmers, we were off contract at the time and were able to come on board."

Source: Jen Nichols - ABC Sunshine Coast