Two more dairies up for sale
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.