DAIRY FARM­ERS RALLY FOR A FAIR GO

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PLEASE LIS­TEN: Shadow Min­is­ter Dale Last with Rob­bie, Han­nah and Madeleine Radel and An­gus and Pay­ton Rozyn­ski.

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