DAIRY FARMERS RALLY FOR A FAIR GO
FOR North Burnett dairy farmer Robbie Radel, organising the rally for the dairy industry in Brisbane last week was a chance to get his message across.
While hundreds of people turned up from around the state, Mr Radel had to cancel a free bus to the rally from the North Burnett.
“There wasn’t the support there from North Burnett farmers,” he said.
“I think they’ve already given up.”
Mr Radel said if things did not change soon he would leave the industry.
“That will mean 100 years of breeding and genetics lost,” he said.
Mr Radel said despite the current challenges there was a sliver of hope.
“With public support swelling for dairy farmers, the likes of private labels such as Baffle Ck Milk are snowed under with orders,” he said.
Despite this, Mr Radel said Queensland was already 150 million litres of milk short.
“We could end up like China, where people there are paying $8 to $12 litre for their milk,” he said.
“Instead of it being part of a staple diet, milk becomes a luxury.”
He said the flow-on effect would have an impact on small communities like Biggenden.
“We used to have 30 dairies here, now we are down to four,” he said.
“Biggenden once had its own butter factory that exported 1000 tonnes of butter to England and won gold medals.”
Mr Radel said consumers should at a minimum only buy milk that is branded and not $1 a litre.
“It doesn’t matter if it is Parmalat-owned, Pauls, Dairy Farmers or Norco,” he said. “Just steer clear of the no-brand and no-frills brands.”
PLEASE LISTEN: Shadow Minister Dale Last with Robbie, Hannah and Madeleine Radel and Angus and Payton Rozynski.