WA pro­ces­sors must im­prove

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WAFARMERS DAIRY Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Michael Par­tridge has called on pro­ces­sors to recog­nise the level of in­vest­ment dairy farm­ers have in the in­dus­try, and to im­prove their com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Mr Par­tridge was speak­ing at the 2017 WAFarmers Dairy Con­fer­ence last month. “There should al­ways be an ex­pec­ta­tion that farm­ers have a home for their milk, and bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion is needed be­tween pro­ces­sors and farm­ers to en­sure this hap­pens, along with fair and eq­ui­table con­tracts,” Mr Par­tridge said. “Farm­ers have as much in­vested in the dairy in­dus­try as pro­ces­sors do, how­ever not all pro­ces­sors recog­nise this, and this needs to be re­flected in the way we do busi­ness with each other.” Mr Par­tridge also said flat­ten­ing the sup­ply curve can come at a sig­nif­i­cant cost to the farm­ers, and needs to be re­flected in price. He said a pre­sen­ta­tion from Dairy Aus­tralia’s Neil Lane showed that Western Aus­tralian dairy farm­ers are as ef­fi­cient and com­pa­ra­ble to any­where else in the world. “It’s im­por­tant to recog­nise our farm­ers’ ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” Mr Par­tridge said. His com­ments fol­low rev­e­la­tions from the ABC last month that new con­tracts is­sued by Brownes Dairy, would see some farm­ers fined for un­der-sup­ply­ing milk. The clause would see a fine im­posed of five cents for ev­ery litre not pro­vided to Brownes, if the farmer meets less than 90 per cent of their monthly quota, ac­cord­ing to the ABC. Brownes did not re­new con­tracts with four farm­ers last year, forc­ing for­mer dairy farmer Dale Hanks out of the in­dus­try. Brownes has since said the clause to fine farm­ers for un­der-sup­ply­ing would not be in­cluded in new con­tracts.

Dairy Coun­cil Pres­i­dent, Michael Par­tridge, with WA as­sis­tant agri­cul­ture min­is­ter, Darren West.

Del­e­gates at the WAFarmers Dairy Con­fer­ence.

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