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Dairy industry debates issues this week

The UDV will hit the hard issues of herd improvement, government funding and discuss its vision for the Australian dairy industry at this week’s 38th annual conference.

March 25, 2014 4:00am

The UDV will hit the hard issues of herd improvement, government funding and discuss its vision for the Australian dairy industry at this week’s 38th annual conference.

Macarthur dairy farmer and outgoing UDV president Kerry Callow emphasised the importance of UDV members attending the conference at the MCG this week.

‘‘The opportunity for our members and industry alike to come together is crucial. The event isn’t just about networking and industry engagement, it’s about setting the agenda for the year ahead,’’ Ms Callow said.

‘‘Members must attend to have their say on the priorities the UDV focuses on in the coming year.’’

Resolutions to be voted on by members include:

‘‘That the UDV seek support from government, both federal and state, to assist the dairy industry, create an environment locally and internationally, to compete with our overseas competitors by creating as near as possible a level playing field.’’

‘‘That the UDV supports the efforts of the VFF to have the ‘‘Right to Farm’’ clauses reinstated on the Section 32 Sale of Land contracts.’’

Also on the agenda is a panel discussion based on the hypothetical: ‘‘It’s 2025 and the industry is producing 15 billion litres annually and is profitable. Farmer investment has increased, the manufacturing sector is producing at world’s best practice and Australia is once again a major player in the export market. How did we get there?

Chris Murphy and Matt Shaffer from Dairy Australia, Australian Dairy Farmers president Noel Campbell and former ADF chief executive John McQueen will be on the panel.

The complexity of milk price structures will also be reviewed. Milk Price Structure Review and Next Steps presented by UDV policy councillor Adam Jenkins, will discuss the progress of the UDV in trying to develop a simplified structure during the past six months.

The president’s dinner will have Water and Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh as the special guest.

Registrations for the UDV Annual Conference and Annual Meeting are now open via the VFF website www.vff.org.au and on the day.

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