Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation will hold its AGM and Forum at the Woodford Memorial Hall on Wednesday August 22 at 9am. This is a good opportunity for our members to see what QDO has done in the past 12 months but also to hear what the future focus for the organisation is.
There have been significant changes to the way QDO’s purpose is defined, which gives the organisation a clearer business structure to all current and planned programs and projects.
Some speakers are set to challenge the longstanding commitment of the Queensland dairy industry to supplying fresh milk to the Queensland market. With farm gate prices remaining below a sustainable level, our members as individuals or as a coordinated whole need to be open to other possibilities if things don’t change.
Our members would by now be aware that we took an unprecedented decision to employ a marketing and communications manager early this year. The decision was not made lightly but in response to the stark reality that advocacy alone would not influence the farm gate price given to our farmers. Other than helping QDO have greater clarity and communication with members, Sarah’s core role is to look at changing customer buying behaviour so that retailers and processors see in their profit margins that the public wants to support our industry. Sarah will give some key background information on the campaigns that are planned.
Members who were unable to attend the Growth, Transition and Farm Progression workshops due to on-farm commitments or distance will have the opportunity to hear an abridged version at the Forum. For members with multiple generations working on the farm, it is an invaluable talk about the opportunities available with farm progression, a guide to getting finance from the bank and protecting your assets against the unknown.
We would like to see as many members as possible. Please RSVP to Kerrie at the QDO office.