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June 22, 2020

Dairy's path to recovery Q2 Quarterly Media Release

Improved dairy prospects see milk price forecast increase, but still long path ahead to recovery – Rabobank

Global COVID-19 restrictions are easing, food service sales have resumed and dairy prices look to be on the rebound, however Rabobank’s Q2 2020 global Dairy Quarterly warns it may still be too soon

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June 22, 2020

Dairy Farm Business Strategic Review - Highlights

Rural Business Support (RBS) engaged 30 dairy farming families to participate in a pilot Farm Business Strategic Review (‘the Program’) in South Australia in 2016. The Program included a review of each family farm’s position, a comparison to the wider industry and financial analysis of options for improving the family’s

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March 31, 2020

Industry Advice -COVID19

Food South Australia has produced a guideline to help the food and beverage industry prepare for and manage COVID-19, based on the Australian Chicken Meat Federation guideline SA Health has agreed that this guideline is in line with current national COVID health information to help minimise risk to a

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March 17, 2020

Industry briefing - Coronavirus and Australian dairy industry impacts

This industry briefing note provides:

Key messages for industry (page 3);A situation analysis of Covid-19 outbreak in Australia;Exploration of current and potential impacts on the Australian dairy industry, including a call for intelligence from industry participants; andDetail on industry response activities undertaken and planned.

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February 11, 2020

A new national organisation for the Australian dairy industry

Report by the Joint Transition Team to the Australian Dairy Plan Committee

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January 10, 2020

Bushfire Relief Resources

Fodder Donations

Livestock SA currently have bushfire relief fodder donation depots open to support producers affected by the Cudlee Creek and Kangaroo Island bushfires.

Cudlee Creek Fodder Donation Depot

Location: Oakbank Racecourse, accessible via Shillabeer Road Opening Times: 10:30am to 12pm each day or by appointment

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November 12, 2019

Call for nominations: Cattle Industry Fund Board

The Cattle Industry Fund administration and governance is transitioning to Livestock SA in 2019-20. This new process, recommended by industry, will create more opportunities for co-investment and build greater accountability to industry.

Nominations are now open for the Cattle Industry Fund Board. The Industry Fund Selection Committee invite eligible levy

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September 18, 2019


Livestock SA in conjunction with SA Dairyfarmers Association (SADA) invite eligible levy payers to consider nominating for a position on the newly established Industry Fund Selection Committee.

Any cattle and sheep producer contributing to the SA Cattle Industry Fund and/or Sheep Industry Fund is eligible to nominate/be nominated as a

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Livestock Sa Website Nominations
April 12, 2019

SA Dairy Action Plan

As the international market place becomes more competitive and pressure grows for an increasingly global world for all forms of dairy produce smaller jurisdictions have to assert themselves to get foothold in the industry.

South Australian dairy is uniquely poised to carve out a niche in the global market place

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March 19, 2018

Better Internet for Rural Regional and Remote Australia

Rural Australians have the chance to influence the future of telecommunications in the bush, through a new survey being hosted by BIRRR (Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia).

“We urge everyone in the bush to get online and fill out this questionnaire – help us build

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March 01, 2018

ACCC review of Saputo's proposal to acquire Murray Goulburn

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a Statement of Issues on the proposed acquisition of Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co.’s operating assets by Saputo Dairy Australia.

Please find attached the ACCC’s media release and Statement of Issues.

The ACCC’s preliminary view is that Saputo’s ownership of both its

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February 15, 2018

Murray Darling Basin - What Now?

The last week has been filled with commentary and vitriol regarding the Murray Darling Basin Plan and its fate. South Australian dairy farmers are the last productive users of Murray River water before it heads into the Coorong. The water is important environmentally as it passes the lower lakes dairy

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January 26, 2018

South Australian Dairyfarmers’ Association Position Paper for 2018 State Election

This is the SADA's  expectation of all parties in the 2018 State Election

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January 24, 2018

ADF - A Voice for Australian Dairy in EU Mission

Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) will fly the flag for the nation’s dairy industry when a delegation of leading agricultural representatives lays groundwork in Europe ahead of free trade negotiations.

ADF president Terry Richardson has joined with senior figures from across Australia’s farm sector on a 12- day mission to strengthen

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November 29, 2017

SA's Primary Producers Call for Change to Levies in State Election Manifesto

Belinda Willis - Rural Editor

Adelaide Advertiser - 29 November 2017

PRIMARY producers are sick of being slammed by rising water and power costs despite employing one in five South Australians and being the backbone of the economy.

In its state election manifesto, Primary Producers SA criticised the State Government

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November 27, 2017

Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston - Media Release - ​Provider selected to implement milk price index for dairy farmers

A critical step towards delivering a key element of the Coalition Government’s Dairy Support Package was taken today, with a provider engaged to implement the Commodity Milk Price Index.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, today announced that Webber Quantitative Consulting Pty Ltd had won

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November 27, 2017

ADIC Media Release - Australian Dairy Industry Set for New Vision and Plan

Whole of industry collaboration was the key theme of the annual Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) Industry Leaders Breakfast today.

More than 200 of Australia’s leading dairy representatives from across the value chain, gathered in Melbourne this morning to start the conversation about a whole of industry vision and plan, and

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November 27, 2017

ADIC Media Release - Dairy Stalwart Allan BurgessRecognised with Outstanding Service Award

There would be few in the Australian dairy industry who have not been impacted by the work of Allan Burgess.

A dairy farmer from Victoria’s Goulburn Valley and former Australian Dairy Farmers President, he’s long been well known as a fierce advocate for farmers, leading the industry through some of

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November 24, 2017

ADF Media Release - Three New ADF Directors Elected at AGM

Australian Dairy Farmers’ Business Members today re-elected Business Directors Simone Jolliffe and Bruce Donnison to the Board, joining them will be new Business Director John Versteden and new Independent Director Ms Victoria Taylor.

Simone has a strong community leadership base having been involved with Young Cattleman’s Union, Holstein Australia and is

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November 24, 2017

ADF Media Release - ADF President Elected

Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) has elected Terry Richardson as the President of the peak policy body providing collective representation for dairy farmers in Australia.

Terry Richardson operates a dairy farm with his family in Deans Marsh, South West Victoria, where he has lived since 2004. The farm has seasonal calving pattern

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November 14, 2017

ADIC Media Release - Dairy Industry welcomes trade deal with Peru

The Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) has welcomed news this week that the AustralianGovernment has successfully negotiated a new trade deal with Peru.

The deal will see Australia receive improved market access for dairy in the form of an export basketquota of 7,000 tonnes of dairy product in the first

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October 12, 2017

Make it Cheaper Help Port Mac Dairy Save $9000

Port Mac Dairy saves $9000 per year on their energy bills thanks to Make it Cheaper. SADA Members what can they save you?

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October 11, 2017

Stock Journal Farm Forum gives beef cattle industry insight | VIDEO

The video is the first episode of the six-part Farm Forum series, which will feature on the Stock Journal website from 7:30pm on Thursday each week throughout August and into September.

Thanks for watching.

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July 21, 2017

Media Release from SA Health - Recall action undertaken after raw cow’s milk linked to gastro cases

Recall action undertaken after raw cow’s milk linked to gastro cases

SA Health has today taken action against the Moo View Dairy, after at least five cases of gastro have been linked with consuming unpasteurised (raw) cow’s milk.

Under the Food Act 2001 and the South Australian Public Health Act

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June 30, 2017

ADIC Launches Code of Practice for Contractual Arrangements

Today, the Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) launched the first Dairy Industry Code of Practice for standard form contractual arrangements.

Through consultation with state member organisations, farmers and processors, the ADIC has developed the voluntary Code to help ensure greater transparency and fairness in milk supply and pricing.

It is

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June 01, 2017

ALEC moves to collect compulsory levy on dairy cow exports

Australian livestock exporters currently pay statutory export charges on exported beef cattle, sheep and goats. In 2006, livestock exporters also chose to initiate a voluntary charge on exported dairy cattle, introduced to enable funding for sector specific RD&E and marketing. However, due to the nature of the voluntary arrangement, the

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May 18, 2017

SA Dairy Industry Fund calls for New Project Applications


The SA Dairy Industry Fund Limited was officially formed in October 2014 to finance projects that directly benefit the South Australian dairy industry and its communities. It is managed by a small board, chaired by Mr Dennis Mutton, a well known figure in South Australian agriculture with

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May 13, 2017

SA dairy farmers knocking on Murray Goulburn’s door to protect their industry

Adelaide Advertiser 13 May 2017. Belinda Willis, Rural Editor

WHEN John Hunt walked into the Melbourne office of maligned milk processor Murray Goulburn earlier this month, it was a tough ask.

It came just a day after Murray Goulburn’s management team announced the closure of three manufacturing facilities in Victoria and

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May 03, 2017

MG Media Release - Murray Goulburn Asset and Footprint Review Conclusions

Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited (MG) has today announced the following decisions as a result of its asset and footprint review which has been undertaken in recent months, as an appropriate response to reduced milk intake across the network. These decisions are a continuation of efforts to address MG’s cost

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April 28, 2017

ACC Media Release - ACCC takes action against Murray Goulburn

The ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Australia's largest milk processor, Murray Goulburn Cooperative Co. Limited (Murray Goulburn), alleging it engaged in unconscionable conduct and made false or misleading representations in contravention of the Australian Consumer Law. The ACCC also alleges that former managing director Gary Helou

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April 27, 2017

ADF Media Release - ADF welcomes new CEO

Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr David Inall as the incoming Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Australia’s peak dairy farm body.

With a strong background working with industry and government on strategic policy matters, including animal welfare and sustainability, Mr Inall comes into

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April 19, 2017

Milk Procurement Project Attracts National Interest

A South Australian Dairy Industry Fund project exploring what farmers want to see in their contractual arrangements with milk processors is attracting national interest.

The project set out to explore farmers' views about current payment models being offered by major processors, and what future milk supply procurement models should look

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January 31, 2017

Blue Lake Dairy

Members of the SADA Board recently attended the opening of Blue Lake Dairies facility at Millicent. The event also provided an opportunity for John Hunt and Sharon Joppich to meet with Premier Jay Weatherill to discuss issues and challenges currently facing the industry. John and the Premier have committed to

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Blue Lake Dairy
December 16, 2016

ACCC Inquiry into the dairy industry

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is inviting dairy farmers to participate in a series of public forums. The forums are a part of the ACCC’s Inquiry into the Australian dairy industry. The purpose of these forums is to hear directly from dairy farmers about competition and fair trading issues

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