North Burnett dairy farmer cau­tious of a pro­posed pow­dered milk plant

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Rob­bie Radel Pre­vi­ous pow­dered milk plants in Queens­land have not been suc­cess­ful ...

NORTH Burnett dairy farmer Rob­bie Radel said he was cau­tiously op­ti­mistic about the ef­fects a new pow­dered milk plant, be­ing built near Toowoomba, would have on the strug­gling in­dus­try.

“(There is) ab­so­lutely huge po­ten­tial to drive farm gate prices up, how­ever when the fea­si­bil­ity study is done, I fear the vol­ume of milk re­quired to op­er­ate an in­fant for­mula op­er­a­tion of that mag­ni­tude may not be avail­able,” Mr Radel said.

“It would be a great as­set for the in­dus­try up here and through­out (New South Wales) as well who would have ac­cess to sup­ply­ing milk there.”

Mr Radel said he ques­tioned the his­tory of pow­dered milk plants in Queens­land.

“Pre­vi­ous pow­dered milk plants in Queens­land have not been suc­cess­ful due to lower vol­umes of milk in Queens­land and the fact that we al­ready have an al­most 200,000,000 litre white milk short­age in the state doesn't auger well for this ven­ture to be suc­cess­ful.”

“I be­lieve the in­dus­try would ben­e­fit more if this busi­ness group were to build a nor­mal pro­cess­ing plant to en­sure that Queens­land will al­ways have ac­cess to fresh lo­cally pro­duced white milk.

“Farm­ers still be­ing screwed by big pro­ces­sors and de­spite the fact they’ve said they aren’t go­ing to drop the price in Queens­land at con­tract end on 1/1/17, the cur­rent price isn't sus­tain­able so peo­ple will con­tinue to exit the in­dus­try.

Mr Radel said he still sup­ported the ven­ture.

“I fully sup­port any ven­ture that has po­ten­tial to drive farm gate price up, but as I said, pre­vi­ous plants sim­i­lar to this have proven that Queens­land isn’t nec­es­sar­ily the best lo­ca­tion for it,” he said.

FOR THE GIRLS: Rob­bie Radel is cau­tious about a pro­posed pow­dered milk plant.

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