Today I continued my on farm consultation with Australias dairy farmers. On a farm just outside Denman in the Hunter Valley, I received the same positive responses to Labors Minimum Farm Gate Milk Price proposal as I did visiting dairy farmers in Milton on the NSW South Coast.
Dairy farmers told me again today that their revenues are not covering their costs and in the absence of some form of Government intervention, they see no future for their farm businesses.
I will continue my consultations in as many dairy farming regions as is possible between now and the coming Federal Election.
As I have acknowledged in my Minimum Farm Gate Milk Price proposal every region is different and therefore responses are likely to be varied. But what I absolutely expect to hear everywhere I go is that business as usual is not an option for dairy farmers.
That is exactly what I heard today.