Sup­port­ing dairy farm­ers

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­

AF­FEC­TION­ATELY known as farmer Gregie, he is on the road to raise aware­ness of the plight within the milk in­dus­try, end $1 milk sales across the coun­try, and keep farm­ers on the land pro­duc­ing top qual­ity milk.

Farmer Greg “Gregie’’ Den­nis started his jour­ney from his prop­erty on the Scenic Rim and plans to ven­ture north to the Ather­ton Table­lands in Far North Queens­land.

Mr Den­nis said the fate of the milk in­dus­try in Queens­land was in the hand of con­sumers.

“I’m on a marathon jour­ney up the east coast. As a farmer we need the con­sumer to be aware the price wars over milk are killing dairy farms around the coun­try,” he said.

“Farm­ers are leav­ing their farms in droves.

“We want to con­tinue to pro­duce milk for the con­sumers and we as farm­ers need to be re­warded at the right price.

“Dairy farm­ing is a busi­ness, we have to re­main prof­itable or we can’t stay in busi­ness.’’

Al­though his trac­tor’s av­er­age speed on the Bruce Hwy is 35kmh, most mo­torists have been sup­port­ive of Mr Den­nis. Only a lim­ited few have been up­set about be­ing held up.

“I try to stick to the side of the side and the shoul­ders to al­low mo­torists to over­take,” he said.

At each stop lo­cals have come out and en­cour­aged the farmer and his sup­port crew to con­tinue the jour­ney.

“Friendly waves and toots of the horn as mo­torists pass is en­cour­ag­ing for us,’’ Mr Den­nis said.

“We stopped in at Gin Gin be­cause we know they stock our milk.

“Just like farm­ing we need to sup­port the in­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers. We are keep­ing the con­ver­sa­tion go­ing to see an end to the $1 milk for­ever.”

The 4Real Milk pro­cess­ing fac­tory was built on the Den­nis fam­ily farm in the Scenic Rim in June 2013 to give con­sumers fresh, pas­teurised only milk.

Their goal also in­cluded pay­ing dairy farm­ers a fair gate price for their prod­uct.

Mr Den­nis said his fac­tory was fo­cus­ing on our “point of dif­fer­ence’’ in the mar­ket­place and was of­fer­ing full cream pas­teurised only milk, Cream on Top.

The Scenic Rim farm has been in the Den­nis fam­ily since the 1930s.

“You can show your sup­port by go­ing to our Face­book page 4Real Milk,’’ he said.

LONG HAUL: Dairy farmer Greg Den­nis wants an end to cheap milk to keep Aussie farm­ers on the land. PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBIT190716MILK02

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