Report disappoints Victoria, Queensland

By Dairy News

QUEENSLAND DAIRYFARMERS’ Organisation President Brian Tessmann said the report would “do nothing” to address the issues affecting the Queensland dairy industry.

Mr Tessmann said the report “lacked direction and intent to deliver upon what it was established to do”.

“While the report acknowledges the major issue affecting our industry, the fact that farmers are carrying the overwhelming burden of risk in the supply chain, it offers nothing in the way of solutions or recommendations to fix it.

“QDO welcome the recommendation for a mandatory Dairy Code of Conduct, however this will not directly address the biggest issue in Queensland, the impact retail prices are having on farm gate earnings.

“Over a year of apparent ‘listening’ to dairy farmers the best the ACCC can offer is toothless recommendations that simply rearrange the deck chairs without addressing the crux of the issue, the blatant market failure stemming from the supermarket duopoly.”

United Dairyfarmers of Victoria president Adam Jenkins was left with mixed feelings about the report, labelling it “benign” and said he was surprised not to see more solutions proposed.

“There’s nothing significant that we didn’t understand was an issue,” Mr Jenkins said.

“We’re looking for solutions right across the whole supply charge; we can’t solve all that if there’s no solutions put forward.

“We know processors have their hands tied by the huge power sitting in the duopoly … I hope we’ll have more processors standing beside us.”