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By Dairy News

Where’s Phil?

A loquacious unit holder sought the spotlight at the Murray Goulburn AGM and was determined to make the most of it.

Four questions were raised amongst a long spiel on the effectiveness, or lack therefore, of the board, with MG Chair John Spark doing a commendable job trying to keep him in line.

Among his statements that pointed out the bleeding obvious, was that farmers deserved better of the board, and the previous board.

“And where’s Phil Tracy?” he asked.

“He’s right here,” came the cry from many in the crowd, pointing to the former chair, who oversaw the appointment of Gary Helou and the subsequent collapse of the co-op.

It was a brief return to the spotlight, but probably not one the former Chair was keen on.

Down in the pit

If a politician ever asks to visit to discuss the industry’s issues, you may as well schedule it for milking time and put them to use!

Queensland farmer Brendan Hayden, Pilton, accepted Brisbane Labor MP Joe Kelly’s offer to lend a hand for the day, trading in his suit and tie for an apron and gloves.

Brendan said it was refreshing to spend a day with a politician this way, “contrary to the usual censored and non-committal state we have become accustomed to”.

While $1/litre milk was discussed, Brendan said he also gained an appreciation of what Joe and his political peers do each day.

The Queensland Dairyfarmers Organisation is now encouraging other farmers to invite one of their members onto the farm for a day. We’d love to see that happening right across Australia – as long as the pollies were fair dinkum like Joe, and not just there for a media opportunity.

Floating a weird idea  

A floating dairy farm will be established in the harbour at Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Featuring the French bred of Montbéliarde cows; the floating farm will be made from a concrete base and will measure about 1000 square metres.

The roof will be fitted with solar panels and a rainwater collection system. The farm will be built in levels; the lower level processing the milk, while on the second level the cows can roam and will also have access to pasture on the quay.

The owners hope to produce 800 litres of milk a day.

Probably not the strangest thing that’s happened in that country!

If cows had wings

Sanction-hit Qatar is flying in food from abroad, including milk from the UK.

It comes from a Midlands farm, making a 3000-mile trip because of sanctions imposed by its four neighbouring Arab states.

It takes four days for the goods – exported by Birmingham company Y International – to arrive, then it goes on sale with other British milk selling for at least AUD$8.60/litre.

The liquid milk is a business boost for the dairy farmers who appreciate the guaranteed price.

Qatar has also airlifted cows into the emirate to help overcome the sanctions.