Dairy farmers come together to discuss future

By Brian Tessmann, QDO President

The Australian Competition Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) dairy inquiry,  challenges with on-farm workplace health and safety and proposed milk manufacturing plants are ongoing issues for Queensland dairy farmers. These too will all be high on the agenda at the upcoming 2017 Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation (QDO) Dairy Forum and AGM held on the 29 August at the City Golf Club South Street in Toowoomba.

ACCC Agricultural Commissioner Mick Keogh will inform farmers on the progress of the Dairy Inquiry as well as address competition issues between processors, retailers and farmers. Dairy farmers are encouraged to come along and hear the progress of previous complaints into processors’ milk swaps, supply exclusivity clauses in contracts, as well as the role and effectiveness of collective bargaining groups and how to improve them. 

A popular speaker on the agenda is former Rugby League great Shane Webcke. As Queensland’s Safety Ambassador, Shane will share is powerful and personal experiences around the importance of following workplace health and safety processors on our farms. Whether you know him as a front row forward for the Maroons or a Seven News sports presenter, he is definitely one special guest who is not to be missed.

Returning again this year is Steve Laracy from the proposed Integrated Milk Project at the Wellcamp Airport. Many dairy farmers are eager to hear about the progress made on the timelines Steve outlined at last year’s forum. With many farmers being keen to see the first concrete slab poured, there is a broad understanding that this project has the potential to be a game changer for Queensland dairy farmers and therefore must be done right.

QDO encourages members to come along to the Dairy Forum and the AGM to hear from distinguished speakers and have the opportunity to join the conversation and discuss topics relevant to the future of the Queensland dairy industry.