Dairy Farmers welcome Lion drought bonus

By Dairy News

LION’S PRICE rise across its full range of milk products has been welcomed by its supply group, the Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative (DFMC).

Queensland dairy farmer and DFMC Chair Andrew Burnett said the move by Lion would help its members doing it tough.

He says it was an important step towards supporting the sustainability of Australia’s dairy farmers.

“Any increase in the price of milk that supports our farmers — especially those that are facing drought — is welcomed,” he said.

Lion has announced every cent of the additional 10 cents per litre that it is adding to the wholesale price of its ‘Dairy Farmers’ and ‘Pura’ milk brands will go directly to their dairy farmers in drought.

“We encourage consumers wanting to support dairy farmers to get behind branded milk because it is an excellent product which returns fairer prices to dairy farmers,” Andrew said.

“Buying ‘Dairy Farmers’ and ‘Pura’ branded milk, with the extra 10 cents a litre added on, helps farmers twice over.”

DFMC is a farmer-owned co-operative comprising 350 dairy farmer members from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. All milk produced by DFMC is sold to Lion.

“The extra income that this milk price will deliver to drought-affected farmers will make a difference, and help them with the higher costs of feed and water,” said Andrew.

Milk at the new price will be sold across Australia in identifiable ‘Dairy Farmers’ and ‘Pura’ 1L, 2L and 3L bottles at participating retailers from October 1.

DFMC will participate in an independent committee which will oversee the process of distributing funds to drought-affected farmers.