Positive signals for dairy industry

Positive signals for dairy industry

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SADA president John Hunt said there were plenty of positive signs for the 2020 year in the dairy sector.

SADA president John Hunt said there were plenty of positive signs for the 2020 year in the dairy sector.

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SA Dairyfarmers' Association president John Hunt is excited about the coming 12 months in the dairy industry.

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SA Dairyfarmers' Association president John Hunt is excited about the coming 12 months in the dairy industry.

Part of this is because of the progress made in the SA Dairy Action Plan 2019-2024, which included a dairy summit in November.

He said the plan was in development with full engagement across the chain, including producers, processors, retailers, service providers and government.

"The biggest thing to come out of the dairy summit was confidence to move forward," he said.

Other positive signs included the newly-rolled out Dairy Code of Conduct, as well as an independent dairy representative in the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission.

"The national dairy plan will be rolled out in the new year, and it is a farmers' plan," he said.

"The peak bodies have just facilitated the outcome of farmer views on what industry can do to enhance dairy going forward."

Farmgate milk prices were continuing to rise and, while fodder was still a factor, he believed prices should ease after a good late spring.

"At SADA, we will continue to make sure farmer voices are heard to make sure they remain sustainable and profitable, not only for next year but into the future," he said.

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