Two more dairies up for sale

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - The Mulberry Project -

TWO more strug­gling dairy farm­ers have been forced to sell up in the Bur­nett re­gion, a di­rect re­sult of gov­ern­ment ne­glect, Kat­ter’s Aus­tralian Party Cal­lide can­di­date Rob­bie Radel said.

“Within the last month we’ve lost two dairy farms in Cal­lide, one has sold out and the other is go­ing to auc­tion next month,” Mr Radel said.

“They were both gen­er­a­tional farms, and it’s a huge blow for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Heaps of peo­ple have just got out of it be­cause they’ve seen all lev­els of gov­ern­ment ne­glect­ing the in­dus­try.”

Mr Radel, a fourth-gen­er­a­tion Biggen­den dairy farmer, said be­fore the dairy in­dus­try was dereg­u­lated in 2000 there were 1700 dairy farms in Queens­land.

“Now there is lucky to be 400,” Mr Radel said.

“Monto had their dairy fes­ti­val on the week­end and there’s only two farms left when there used to be 150.

“Hon­estly, it’s reached a point where Monto will have a dairy fes­ti­val next year and there won’t be any dairy farm­ers.”

He said the fact that KAP’s Fair Milk Price Lo­gos Bill was voted down was an­other nail in the cof­fin for the in­dus­try.

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