Farmers tell inquiry $1 a litre is hurting farmgate returns

PRIVATE label $1-a-litre retail milk and supermarket chain power have hurt farmgate pricing, WA dairy farmers believe.
They also believe “step-down” price reductions imposed by major Eastern States dairy processors Murray Goulburn and Fonterra on their milk suppliers last year had “flow-on” effects on WA’s dairy industry.
PRIVATE label $1-a-litre retail milk and supermarket chain power have hurt farmgate pricing, WA dairy farmers believe. They also believe “step-down” price reductions imposed by major Eastern States dairy processors Murray Goulburn and Fonterra on their milk suppliers last year had “flow-on” effects on WA’s dairy industry.
WITH the passing of time the sheep have got bigger and wrinklier, the journey north rougher and tougher, but the colourfulness of the characters and a basis in fact of tales they tell have changed little.
23 Apr 17 WITH the passing of time the sheep have got bigger and wrinklier, the journey north rougher and tougher, but the colourfulness of the characters and a basis in fact of tales they tell...
DAIRY farmers in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia have started cashing in on a deal offering by-products from beer and fruit juice plants as a stock feed supplement for their herds.
23 Apr 17 DAIRY farmers in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia have started cashing in on a deal offering by-products from beer and fruit juice plants as a stock feed supplement for...
IT’S windy, with gusts up to 40km/h.
But you’re on the South Coast at Condingup so you’ve got to expect that.
23 Apr 17 IT’S windy, with gusts up to 40km/h. But you’re on the South Coast at Condingup so you’ve got to expect that.
CLAAS Harvest Centre (CHC) is hoping to capture a fair share of the WA self-propelled boomsprayer market with its Pantera model.
23 Apr 17 CLAAS Harvest Centre (CHC) is hoping to capture a fair share of the WA self-propelled boomsprayer market with its Pantera model.
WESTERN Dairy is currently sponsoring two Murdoch University students with scholarships to support their study efforts, with both scholarship recipients set to be taking an active part in this year’s Dairy Innovation Day.
22 Apr 17 WESTERN Dairy is currently sponsoring two Murdoch University students with scholarships to support their study efforts, with both scholarship recipients set to be taking an active part...
THE Liebe Group is excited to welcome two new staff into the Liebe team in March.
22 Apr 17 THE Liebe Group is excited to welcome two new staff into the Liebe team in March.
BEING told she had breast cancer two days before Christmas 2015 was not the festive surprise Gerry Smith had been hoping for.
22 Apr 17 BEING told she had breast cancer two days before Christmas 2015 was not the festive surprise Gerry Smith had been hoping for.
CLIMATE change, whether farmers believe in it or not, will have significant impacts on how farming is conducted by 2050, according to agricultural scientist Professor EWR ‘Snow’ Barlow.
22 Apr 17 CLIMATE change, whether farmers believe in it or not, will have significant impacts on how farming is conducted by 2050, according to agricultural scientist Professor EWR ‘Snow’ Barlow.
WESTERN Dairy has this week confirmed Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan will attend its forthcoming Dairy Innovation Day to gain an insight into the industry’s issues and opportunities.
21 Apr 17 WESTERN Dairy has this week confirmed Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan will attend its forthcoming Dairy Innovation Day to gain an insight into the industry’s issues and...
FOR this year’s winners of the Farm Weekly-WA Angus Breeders Win 10 Angus heifers competition Selga and Steve Beckwith, who are relative newcomers to the world of cattle breeding, the long trip east to watch the Angus judging at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show as part of their prize was both inspiring and eye-opening.
21 Apr 17 FOR this year’s winners of the Farm Weekly-WA Angus Breeders Win 10 Angus heifers competition Selga and Steve Beckwith, who are relative newcomers to the world of cattle breeding, the...
THERE are two things old Versatile tractors owners remember from the heady days of the 1970s and 80s.
21 Apr 17 THERE are two things old Versatile tractors owners remember from the heady days of the 1970s and 80s.
AUTOMATIC monitoring of farming equipment functions continues to come along in leaps and bounds and it’s not about to stop in 2017.
21 Apr 17 AUTOMATIC monitoring of farming equipment functions continues to come along in leaps and bounds and it’s not about to stop in 2017.
20 Apr 17 HORSERACING’s ever-growing bloodbath continues to shock and horrify even those who profit from it.
20 Apr 17  1 FARMERS who grow genetically modified (GM) canola are on notice to avoid spread outside their farm boundary and to be accountable for GM contamination if and when it does occur.
A RESISTANCE management strategy aims to conserve the effectiveness of the limited insecticide options available for controlling redlegged earth mites in grain crops and pastures.
20 Apr 17 A RESISTANCE management strategy aims to conserve the effectiveness of the limited insecticide options available for controlling redlegged earth mites in grain crops and pastures.
CANOLA growers can rest assured that sowing retained seed from open pollinated (OP) varieties will have no deleterious effect on crop performance.
20 Apr 17 CANOLA growers can rest assured that sowing retained seed from open pollinated (OP) varieties will have no deleterious effect on crop performance.
IT was a team effort involving Muresk, Charles Sturt University (CSU), Central Regional Tafe, an advisory committee, a lot of individuals, plus the secret element – Royalties for Regions (RfR) – and they all came together as the first cohort graduated from Muresk last week.
20 Apr 17 IT was a team effort involving Muresk, Charles Sturt University (CSU), Central Regional Tafe, an advisory committee, a lot of individuals, plus the secret element – Royalties for Regions...
20 Apr 17 ROYALTIES for Regions (RfR), the child of an uneasy marriage between the Liberals, who only wanted power, and The Nationals WA, who were trying to differentiate themselves from the...
PROVEN Murray Grey and Angus female values reached $7400 at the Monterey ‘Ladies Day’ on-property female sale at Karridale recently.
19 Apr 17 PROVEN Murray Grey and Angus female values reached $7400 at the Monterey ‘Ladies Day’ on-property female sale at Karridale recently.
BULLS from the Droughtmaster and Santa Gertrudis breeds went to new homes recently with the title of equal top price lot at the 	X-Factor Beef Production Sale held at the Muchea Livestock Centre last week hitting $6500 on two occasions.
19 Apr 17 BULLS from the Droughtmaster and Santa Gertrudis breeds went to new homes recently with the title of equal top price lot at the X-Factor Beef Production Sale held at the Muchea...
IT is a secret no more, with WA’s Morrisvale Kept Secret eclipsing the field to be judged best Limousin bull at the Sydney Royal Easter Show last week.
19 Apr 17 IT is a secret no more, with WA’s Morrisvale Kept Secret eclipsing the field to be judged best Limousin bull at the Sydney Royal Easter Show last week.
WUBIN mixed cropping and sheep farmer Boyd Carter was one of first farmers in the northern Wheatbelt region who cranked up his seeding program last week.
19 Apr 17 WUBIN mixed cropping and sheep farmer Boyd Carter was one of first farmers in the northern Wheatbelt region who cranked up his seeding program last week.
19 Apr 17 FRESH fruit and vegetable growers, along with wholesaler merchants or agents must now act “in good faith” in negotiating trade deals or face fines under a new horticulture code.
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The Minister of Ag can use WA's Gene Technology Act 2006 to manage GM & GM-free crops for market
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Time will judge if they can implement what growers are asking for. Not what a director
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Absolutely agreed. Chinese demand for high-quality protein is increasing, as is demand from
DAIRY farmers in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia have started cashing in on a deal offering by-products from beer and fruit juice plants as a stock feed supplement for their herds.23 Apr 17 DAIRY farmers in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia have started cashing in on a deal offering...
CLIMATE change, whether farmers believe in it or not, will have significant impacts on how farming is conducted by 2050, according to agricultural scientist Professor EWR ‘Snow’ Barlow.22 Apr 17 CLIMATE change, whether farmers believe in it or not, will have significant impacts on how farming is conducted by...