Understanding The Dairy Pricing System

AUSTRALIA - With many Victorian dairy farmers questioning how their milk prices are calculated or what factors influence the pricing system, the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV), the dairy commodity of the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF), has decided to hold a series of free workshops to help answer these questions and many more.
calendar icon 12 April 2010
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UDV President Chris Griffin said the series of Your Dairy Industry Workshops will be funded by the Gardiner Foundation and delivered through a partnership between the UDV and the National Centre for Dairy Education Australia. The Workshops will explore a number of other topics including the structure of the Victorian dairy industry and how every dairy farmer can get further involved.

“The UDV understands the need for Victorian dairy farmers to have access to the latest industry information. As a result we have developed the Your Dairy Industry workshops which will bring Victorian dairy farmers together to learn a little more about the industry they work so hard for,” Mr Griffin said.

“Four sessions will be held throughout April and May across various parts of the state, including: Tuesday 20 April, Demo-Dairy, Terang; Tuesday 27 April, Kernot Hall, Morwell; Monday 3 May, DPI/NCDEA Offices, Tatura; and Tuesday 4 May, Kergunyah Hall, Kergunyah. The workshops will run from 10am – 3pm with a light lunch included.

“The workshops will provide a fantastic opportunity for farmers to get the latest information on some of the most important industry topics, including: an overview of the dairy industry; how the milk price is actually calculated; what influences the farm gate price, from global right down to local and on-farm factors; the various dairy organisations and their structure and roles within the industry; and the dairy markets and the outlook for the coming year.

“It doesn’t matter whether you have been farming for five years or fifty years; these workshops will give all Victorian dairy farmers the chance to increase their knowledge of the way the industry operates, which may in turn help farmers make better decisions about the profitability of their businesses.

“The workshops have been developed in response to a request from UDV members for information on these topics at the 2008 UDV Conference. A team of well-respected dairy industry consultants have designed the workshops and will be on hand on the day to facilitate them.

“Places are limited and booking is essential, so I encourage every dairy farmer to contact the UDV to reserve their place, tell their friends and neighbours, and come along to one of our exciting free workshops,” Mr Griffin concluded.

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