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IF THE AUSTRALIAN DAIRY INDUSTRY WAS A SPORTING TEAM – THE COACH WOULD BE SACKED

By Andrew Weinert

I would like to thank Tyne Logan Of ABC Regional WA for putting together this story. https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-04-22/australia-to-become-dairy-import-reliant/11025026 I have been concerned for some time that most industry commentators on the dairy industry are talking about the Symptoms – not the causes – of the decline in the dairy industry. Uncovering the causes is difficult and…

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Dairy Connect (NSW) calls for a federal dairy commissioner.

By Andrew Weinert

www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6523193400169242624 This is a great idea in my opinion. It must have a truely national approach and represent all dairy consumers, and all dairy farmers – regardless of their location and the legacy issues that formed completely different industries in each state across Australia. Australia has the agricultural resources to be self sufficient and be…

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How much cash goes off shore when you buy imported Butter?

By Andrew Weinert

We recently bought butter WITHOUT CHECKING THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN -Oops It’s just 500 grams of butter – not much eh? Let’s do the calculations. Dairy Australia says the average milk price in Victoria – where most of Australia’s butter is made was 44.2 cents per litre last year – there will have been higher…

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How much milk Is required to produce all the dairy products consumed by the average Australian.

By Andrew Weinert

One of the things I have been doing is looking at the volume of milk required to produce all the dairy products consume by Australians. What is concerning l, is that if we want to make all the products in Australia, that are consumed in Australia at the moment – we wouldn’t have enough milk.…

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Where does Australia sit on the agricultural level playing field?

By Andrew Weinert

The oecd has recently reviewed agricultural supports. It notes that Australia and NZ have some of the lowest support levels in the world – although exceptional circumstances are mentioned. In a country where weather variability is normal – it is interesting to see that we don’t have serious programs in place to ensure that businesses…

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Tariffs for dairy products into various countries.

By Andrew Weinert

I’ve recently been asked about the tariffs for dairy products entering other countries around the world. This is complex, because not only are they a financial tariffs but there also things called nontariff barriers. And while many countries have very low Tariffs, they have rules and regulations that restrict Australia exporting to them. These include…

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A good review of infant formula and why it’s difficult for Australia to grow.

By Andrew Weinert

www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-isnt-australia-easily-able-make-more-infant-formula-mark-fink

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Australian Government can’t relieve drought stricken farmers while EU pays about $300 per hectare regularly

By Andrew Weinert

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-937_en.htm It’s interesting that Australian imports of food are rising and we claim that farmers are “not efficient” but we don’t compare apples with apples. This link shows some of the programs in Europe that support farming. In the mean time – dairy farms are shutting down on the east coast due to abnormal climatic…

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Coca Cola plans to open Irish milk plant Agriculture, news for Ireland, Agriculture,FDI,Food and Drink,Ireland,

By Andrew Weinert

Coca Cola plans to open Irish milk plant Agriculture, news for Ireland, Agriculture,FDI,Food and Drink,Ireland, — Read on www.businessworld.ie/

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Australian Dairy Price index review

By Andrew Weinert

The government has implemented a dairy price index which is supposed to help dairy farmers and industry associates to make decisions about their business. The index collects information from some farmers AND monitors export prices for the main commodities.   The information does not describe the volumes of milk used for the products, or anything that…

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Market Failure in the Western Australian Diary Industry

A long time ago in the year 2000, the dairy industry in Australia deregulated.

This affected the seven previously separate regional industries – Tasmania, Victoria, NSW, Southern Queensland, Far North Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia – in a number of ways.

A discussion on what can be termed a A market failure in the Western Australian Dairy Industry can be found here.