Farm­ers should tell their sto­ries

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - BEAUTY HEALTH & WELL BEING -

Dairy farm­ers are be­ing urged to tell their sto­ries of last year’s milk cri­sis at a se­ries of fo­rums this month by the Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion.

A fo­rum for Gipp­s­land farm­ers will be held on Fe­bru­ary 14 in Trar­al­gon.

The United Dairy­farm­ers of Vic­to­ria wel­comed the com­pe­ti­tion watch­dog for reach­ing out to farm­ers as part of an in­quiry into pric­ing and com­pet­i­tive­ness across the dairy sup­ply chain af­ter a dra­matic step-down in milk prices last April.

“This in­quiry is an im­por­tant step on the path to re­form­ing the dairy in­dus­try so that we can make sure we don’t ever see a re­peat of last year’s milk cri­sis,” UDV pres­i­dent Adam Jenk­ins said.

“It’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand that these fo­rums are sep­a­rate to the in­quiry be­ing held into the con­duct of milk pro­ces­sors and while it’s dis­ap­point­ing we haven’t had an out­come from that in­ves­ti­ga­tion, this is still a good op­por­tu­nity for farm­ers to speak their minds about the milk cri­sis.”

The Com­mis­sion pre­vi­ously said its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the dairy sec­tor would in­clude: com­pe­ti­tion be­tween milk pro­ces­sors; con­tract­ing prac­tices; the avail­abil­ity of price and other mar­ket in­for­ma­tion; the ef­fect of pri­vate la­bel prod­ucts, in­clud­ing pric­ing, on the in­dus­try; op­tions for sup­ply into global mar­kets; and the key fac­tors in­flu­enc­ing the prof­itabil­ity of dairy farms.

Mr Jenk­ins said the UDV would con­trib­ute to the in­quiry and urged oth­ers in the dairy in­dus­try to work to­gether to solve is­sues cur­rently af­fect­ing the sec­tor.

“It’s vi­tal that we un­cover all the in­ef­fi­cien­cies and in­equities our dairy farm­ers face, and we agree an in-depth and in­de­pen­dent in­quiry will achieve a thor­ough and fair re­sult,” he said

The fo­rums are be­ing run to help the ACCC with its re­port into the dairy sec­tor, which is due to be handed down in Novem­ber, while a sep­a­rate Se­nate in­quiry is also be­ing waged into con­trac­tual fair­ness across the dairy sup­ply chain.

Mar­ket re­port for 1st and 2nd Fe­bru­ary 2017 Wed­nes­day Fat Sale 604 head. Thurs­day Bull and Cow Sale, 72 bulls, 546 cows

This week was back to the usual for­mat, with both the Wed­nes­day fat sale and the Thurs­day bull and cow sale back in full swing. On Wed­nes­day there were 604 head yarded. Bul­lock num­bers were bet­ter, which gave buy­ers more op­tions and sold to strong com­pe­ti­tion. Heifer qual­ity was im­proved and with ex­tra num­bers saw the per head price jump $300 on the last full sale. Steer num­bers were steady, and al­though the drier con­di­tions are more no­tice­able, de­mand was firm to stronger. Vealer num­bers lifted by 140 head and de­mand was firm with only a few sec­ondary head pulling the av­er­age back slightly. This week the yard av­er­age was steady on the last sale of two weeks ago. 23 bul­locks made to 312 and av­er­aged 288.3. 34 heifers made to 328, up 35 and av­er­aged 297.7, up 37. 52 steers made to 324.2, back 4 and av­er­aged 253.8, up 11. 489 veal made to 377.6, up 7 and av­er­aged 328.9, back 6. As there was no bull and cow sale last week, num­bers lifted to 624 head this week. 71 bulls were penned and this com­prised of a larger per­cent­age of dairy bulls, some on the light weight side. The top bull price was back 9 cents to 269.2. The bull av­er­age was back 12 cents to 226.7. Cow num­bers also in­creased with 546 head on of­fer. A full con­tin­gent of buy­ers were present to com­pete. Pres­sure in the bet­ter pens was full on. Some sec­ondary pens saw buy­ers with stock on hand ease back but over­all the sale was steady. Cows made to 280 cents to av­er­age 202.3, and the yard av­er­age was back 16 cents to 206.

1 AngX 2 LimX 5 LimX 2 LimX 1 Char 1 LimX

1 Lim

1 LimX 4 Hfd 1 Lim

W Griggs, Yarragon 360 368.2 J&P Oleary, Fern­dale 375 365.0 C&M Tu­mino, Mt Ec­cles 379 364.0 K&G Olsen, Mt View 393 360.0 C&J Fitz­patrick, Catani 445 360.0 P&H Hatswell, Neerim Est 445 358.2

D&G Cum­mins, N/brook

605 300.0

R&L Stephens, Drouin Sth 460 324.2 J&M Sav­ige, Nar­ra­can 503 318.0 D&G Cum­mins, N/brook 535 310.0

7 CharX Dun­can & Part­ners, N/J 7 Char B Webb, Trafal­gar 1 Lim D&G Cum­mins, N/brook Ex­port Cows and Heifers 3 Hfd Chap­man Farms, Trafal­gar 1 Ang K&H Nicklen, Erica 1 Hfd W&S Somerville, Moe 1 B/B D&P Briggs, Moon­darra 2 Bld Dikken­berg & Bed­dome,

Fu­mina 1 Lim J&M Brav­ing­ton, Newry 1 Ang T Buck­ley, Rip­ple­brook 1 Ang H Mid­dle­ton, Trafal­gar Dairy Cows 3 Frn I&L Cocksedge, Trafal­gar 770 235.0 1 Frn H&H Spargo, Bona Vista 640 235.0 1 Frn M&M Briggs, Drouin 715 225.0 1 Frn C Hob­son, Cora Lynn 690 222.0 1 Frn J&N Webb, G/bor­ough 785 216.6 1 Frn JHC Farm 23, Jin­di­vick 745 216.6 1 Frn K&L Webb, G/bor­ough 680 216.6 1 Frn R&S Sum­mer­field, B/Vista 610 216.6 Bulls 1 Char B&H Sax­ton, Yarragon 2 Hfd W Arm­strong, War­ragul 1 Ang Lock­lier & Smith, D/Wst 1 Hfd G Dykes, Boolarra 2 Frn JHC Farm 23, Jin­di­vick 1 Jsy Kina Dairies, Poowong 1 R/Ang P&N Phillips, Heath Hill

448 328.0 489 318.0 568 310.0

566 280.0 485 271.6 520 270.2 620 262.6

605 253.2 700 248.2 645 245.0 670 243.6

865 269.2 2328 1040 266.0 2766 810 264.6 2143 700 246.6 1726 923 245.6 2265 710 234.2 1662 635 230.0 2095 1. Elders, 2.

Scotts, 3. Land­mark, 4. SEJ, 5. Gib­bon.

1325 1368 1379 1414 1602 1593

1815

1491 1597 1658

1469 1553 1751

1586 1317 1405 1628

1531 1737 1580 1632

1809 1504 1608 1531 1700 1613 1472 1321

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