THE Australian Milk Producers Association (AMPA) has announced it is going to take defamation proceedings against United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) president Max Fehring and the Victorian Farmers Federation. The action stems from comments made by Mr Fehring in a UDV media release issued on September 29. AMPA president John Cartwright said there was no option but to take legal action in order to protect AMPA's reputation. "It is very disappointing that it's a farmers association that is involved, however we believe that all AMPA has done is to act in the best interests of dairy farmers and this is certainly what the association will continue to do," he said. "It's now in the hands of the court." Tom Hughes QC and David Casperson will act on AMPA's behalf in the defamation proceedings.