AUSTRALIA – A dairy expert from the UK will tour dairy farms across New South Wales (NSW) to speak with farmers worried about the future impact of Coles’ decision to cut the price of milk.
Mr Begg has 40 years of experience in the UK dairy industry, which experienced its own milk price war three years ago.
NSW Farmers’ Association Dairy Committee member, Terry Toohey, commented that the aim of Mr Begg’s visit is to help the Association provide further details to the Senate Committee looking into Australian milk prices.
He continues: “We have gone one step further, inviting Mr Begg to Australia to meet with dairy farmers first-hand to see if the UK experience is being mimicked here”.
“The Committee has delayed the release of its final report to October, noting that there may be parallels with the UK experience”, Mr Toohey said.
Mr Begg’s observations will help the Association urge the Senate Committee to focus on the long-term sustainability of the dairy industry in delivering its final report.
A number of public forums have been set up to allow dairy farmers to meet with Mr Begg. Media are also invited to attend.
For more information see www.nswfarmers.org or contact Olivia Suzanski (Media Adviser) 0429 990 21
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