Concerned dairy farmers

BAROSSA Mid North Co-operative Dairymen Limited have met with Senator Nick Xenophon at their annual general meeting to discuss their concerns about the dairy industry.

Low milk prices, deteriorating seasonal conditions and generally tight times have led to the 18 dairy farmer members using their voices to collectively express their concerns. 

Current farm gate milk prices have fallen by eight - 12.5 per cent leaving the dairy famers concerned about how they continue with cash flow being tight.

Increasing essential service cost of power, water, grain, hay and fodder has the dairy farmers facing emotional decisions as to whether they will continue to milk cows to produce fresh farm milk for South Australian consumers. 

Chairperson of Barossa Mid North Co-operative Andrew Koch believes dairy farming is being seriously challenged to the point of not being sustainable for many of the members throughout the Barossa and Mid North region.

The group has seen many changes in the dairy industry over the years and have always pulled together to support each other.

However, there is strength within the dairy industry but confidence among the group’s members is at an all time low. 

Senator Xenophon will be working with the board of directors of the Barossa Mid North Co-operative and other relevant bodies in an attempt to improve the current hardships being experienced by farmers in the dairy industry. 

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