AUSTRALIA – Increasing Dairy Farmer Representation – May 10, 2011

AUSTRALIA – Victorian dairy farmers will have the opportunity to discuss dairy industry representation during the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) Conference, to be held next week in Sale, Gippsland from Thursday 19 – Friday 20 May 2011.

Acting UDV President Kerry Callow said the proposal being put before the Conference would see the UDV, the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) and the Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) work in unison to provide one membership that would oversee local, state and national industry representation for all Victorian dairy farmers.

“Last year’s UDV Conference directed that a committee made up of the UDV, VFF and ADF be formed to look at a sustainable model for dairy industry lobbying and advocacy into the future,” Mrs Callow said.

“The committee has proposed an active partnership between the three organisations and we look forward to discussing this important issue with our members at next week’s annual UDV Conference.

“VFF President Andrew Broad, UDV President Chris Griffin and ADF Vice President Adrian Drury will be on hand at the Conference to present information to the participating dairy farmers.

“The model preserves the independent decision making at state and regional level and will provide better resourced national industry representation. It will increase the UDV’s ability to provide, organise and represent the industry at local, regional and state level.

“I encourage all UDV members to come along to the Conference to discuss this important development in the future of dairy representation,” Mrs Callow concluded.

The 36th Annual UDV Conference will be held at ESSO BHP Wellington Entertainment Centre, Sale, from Thursday 19 – Friday 20 May, 2011. For more information or to register your attendance please contact the UDV on 1300 882 833 or visit http://www.vff.org.au.

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