At least in tougher times the Kiwi producers have their co op to protect their financial interests.
All most Australian dairy farmers can look forward to is a solid gouging from the corporate structured dairy processors whose only concern is shareholder returns.
28/05/15 04:42 AM
Woolies & Coles screw farmers - so consumers should screw them and not buy their milk
28/05/15 12:32 AM
Yes and Aldi will have some fun targeting Colesworth's weaknesses because they have got plenty of them.
And it is interesting to note that there are four major grocery chains in Britain, not two as in Australia.
I am not sure but a lot of producers may wish they have some tax to pay. It is pretty sad when all their stock are sold at bottom of market and they cannot afford to restock or have too much debt. However, we must remember debt is taken on by farmers and their credit providers. It takes two to tango unless their are unfair practices.
27/05/15 07:13 AM
Will it be the Chinese Government or a Middle Eastern one that buys a little more of Australia? And our urban elite politicians will cheer them on.
26/05/15 09:43 PM


Just goes to prove nobody has got a clue what prices or supply and demand will do apart from the market today!
26/05/15 08:05 PM
And Dan what might you do if growers do not receive a saving of $5.00 per tonne from Graincorp?!
The Graincorp story is one of tragedy for the industry in Eastern Australia.
14/05/15 08:33 PM
A great replacement for tobacco tax
22/05/15 10:58 AM
Perhaps the debate is about the wrong issue! We should all be focusing on how all or many of the so called grdc "triumphs" , are stuck in the slow lane (extremely slow), to commercialisation.
How many years has it been since breakthroughs are hailed in frost, drought and salinity tolerance and yet little or nothing! (Rees came and then fizzled!)
21/05/15 08:40 PM
The so called experts telling us what we need in a post deregulation merchant controlled rabble.
And wouldn't the mega merchants love to have growers storing grain on farm and delivering it to a site at the beck and call of those in control!
18/05/15 08:41 PM


If you want to display your Australian input credentials for all to see then you should become a member of the Buy Australian Logo and do just that. u it enables you to see just how Australian what your buying is! Now that's smart!
If overseas celebs have learnt anything from this, I suspect it is not to take the dogs to a grooming salon.
25/05/15 11:35 PM
LOL. the RSPCA guilty of animal abuse....
Never call the RSPCA when an animal is injured or sick... because 99 times out of 100, they will kill the animal....
25/05/15 06:49 AM
Get back to me when 'could' becomes 'is'.
28/05/15 01:14 AM
Again it is just dismissed and not debated. While this continues to happen I am with the sceptics.
25/05/15 10:12 AM


Ausveg is well aware of the answer to their dilemma. The
Not backed or supported by the Government as they have others to answer to. Time is of the essence. Start the revolution today by using the Australian Authenticity Logo designed to help reveal your True Australian Credentials.
There are very few getting a free ride from levies, except bureaucracies and recipients of R&D levy funds and government contributions. It's government which controls income and profitability by their policies, levy expenditure on R&D and marketing has not provided increased returns and profitability to grass fed livestock producers for decades. In fact it is a ride that costs dearly for no additional benefit! This is exactly why the bureaucracies and government shy away from a referendum of the levy payers to confirm the majority want to pay levies for negative return. Fear of democracy!
$13.8 Billion dollars over 5 years?
=9.2 Trillion meat chicks/year, lots of Chicken Treat for our 24 million Australians
14/05/15 10:16 AM
Send your kid to work on a dairy farm or a remote cattle property and just see what happens .
05/05/15 10:18 AM
I've eaten so many sweet potatoes in my life and now I suddenly feel sick with this news. Imagine, I've been consuming DNA from bacteria. Eating DNA is bad enough, but from bacteria? They live in.... Yuck! I'm talking to my lawyer about suing my local organic fruit and veg right now. OMG, how could those orgos have done this to me and for so long! Never eating another fruit or veg from South America, ever. Those bloody Incas must have been working for Monsanto all along. Their civilization collapsed. Proves GM is dangerous. OMG, OMG, OMG I'm now probably GMO!
29/04/15 02:35 AM


By my reading, Point 2 suggesting that ALL animals be restrained and stunned prior to saughter to Australian ESCAS regulations would suggest that the Australian Live Export business is making an improvment (unlike ANY thing AA has actually done to make improvments) Earlier in this story, AA cheif Lyn White says it is making no diference. Which is it?
Please do all you can, and do not sweep this despicable animal cruelty under the carpet. AUSTRALIA, state wide MUST bring in very strong laws, indeed very heavy fines and imprisonment for any and all cruelty to ALL ANIMALS
We, as HUMAN'S are the only voice that poor neglected, abused Animals have.
03/05/15 07:59 AM
Looks more to me like the Australian Farm Institute wants Aust to be a communist state where free speech, freedom of information and freedom to chose is prohibited. The only group with freedom is the farmers who can do whatever they want to animals and get away with it. Perhaps the Australian Farm Institute should aquaint themselves with what ANZAC is all about because what they want is an affront to all who fought for freedom.
Dear oh dear..wherever did the unsubstantiated crap..."been proven to dramatically increase animal welfare outcomes" come from? Tall tales indeed.
Typical of the AU insdustry to make it all up as they go along. Arrogant, ignorant and greedy...
Personally, I would have been more apt to have described the meeting as "between Animal Australia and RSPCA, and their traditional antagonists, ALEC."
27/05/15 02:55 AM


in the 70's oil prices rose over 300%. We use oil in just about every part of our lives. Imagine the inflation response of such an event in todays global economic envt (eg war in middle east etc). There is no need for Australians to be at the mercy of a small group of people who control prices, when we have our own reserves. People say there is no debt problem in the cities or on farms, imagine 20% interest, what would that do to property values and their debt to equity ratios and buyer interest. Once again, I hope our govt shows some guts and deals with this in a smarter manner than before.
12/04/15 09:30 PM


errr-that google picture of "st andrew's " is actually St Andrews Beach, which is no where near St Andrews-try looking near Kinglake
29/04/15 06:27 AM
Maybe a little over-capitalised?
27/04/15 09:50 PM
Won't the bankers, the real estate agents and the finance brokers be rubbing their hands together now!

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We had no nighttime radio reception in my youth, but I still remember when visiting an aunt in Sydney, Alan Davidson hit David Allen for two sixes and two fours in one over, while Graham McKenzie scored thirty something in a last wicket stand of from memory close on a hundred which sent me to bed believing Benaud could bowl the Poms out. Davidson got from memory 77. I got up in the morning to the news that Benaud took 6/70 and Australia won the test. He was a good cricketer and a very good captain.
29/04/15 10:49 PM
Ask the locals
03/04/15 12:11 AM


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