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.
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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
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