The dairy industry is to come together to help overcome the industry’s challenges and define its future through the development of a collective Australian Dairy Plan.
Industry leaders announced the decision to develop the plan at the 2018 Industry Leaders’ Breakfast on November 30.
As part of the plan’s development, the views of farmers and dairy communities across Australia will be sought to define priorities for the next five years and beyond.
Australian Dairy Farmers president and Australian Dairy Industry Council chair Terry Richardson said the industry was challenged with rising production costs, retail price stagnation, tough seasons and changing global markets.
“A plan that sets the agenda on a national scale is needed to provide direction and focus,” Mr Richardson said.
He was joined by Mr Jeff Odgers, Dairy Australia chair, Dr Bruce Kefford, chair of Gardiner Dairy Foundation, and Mr Grant Crothers, president of Australian Dairy Products Federation in making the announcement.