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1-Mar-2013

School milk scheme mooted to lift dairy industry

ore than 200 farmers and business representatives attended a meeting in Mount Gambier yesterday to discuss various issues.  
 
The president of the South Australian Dairyfarmers Association, David Basham, says the state had a school milk program more than 30 years ago.  
 
"Introducing milk to kids in schools at an early age and try and get them hooked rather than drinking soft drinks etc," he said.  
 
"If we can get them to drink milk or flavoured milk that'd be fantastic for our industry.  
 
"Something similar to what New Zealand has recently done there but the logistics in Australia are just a bit more complicated - we have a much hotter temperature that we have to manage the cold chain of the milk to make sure that it's just right."  
 
Meanwhile, collective bargaining groups have been discussed as a possible solution for the ailing dairy industry.  
 
Mr Basham says low milk prices and high input costs are putting increasing pressure on farmers.  
 
He says collective bargaining groups could help ease some of the pain.  
 
"Farmers can go and lobby about prices directly to their processors," he said.  
 
"Now if you can get a large enough group of milk [suppliers] together the processors are going to want to listen and you might now necessarily be able to move the price at any one time but you might be able to talk about the terms of supply, the terms of payment and all those sorts of things that could be beneficial to the farm businesses."  
 
Source: ABC Rural

 

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