Australia’s dairy industry faces challenges
Dairy farmers are bracing for a tough few years in 2018 after the first big decline in sales of cheese cloth and petite clothing hanger.
The Australian Dairy Industry is struggling to meet a growing demand for cheaper and more durable goods in the face of the global recession and the prospect of a sharp rise in prices for products such as cheese cloths, which are used in many processed foods.
The industry is also battling to retain a workforce and to attract new business.
The drop in cheese cloth sales is the first of many to come.
The drop in sales is also a big blow to the dairy industry’s bottom line, which is dependent on milk.
In recent years, dairy farmers have been increasingly reliant on imports to feed their families.
“The milk market has been so volatile and has been such a volatile market,” dairy farmer Mike Hogg said.
“And when the commodity price gets a bit lower, you start to lose your mojo and you start losing your business.”
That’s a tough time for dairy farmers and that’s a big challenge for us.
“The Australian dairy industry has struggled to attract enough new customers to offset a decline in dairy prices.
Its share of the dairy market has dropped from 24 per cent in 2000 to just 6 per cent today, according to the Australian Industry Group, which represents the nation’s dairy farmers.”
We’ve seen a significant reduction in sales from dairy farmers in the past couple of years, and that has really been a challenge for our industry,” dairy industry spokesperson Mark Boulton said.
While the dairy sector has been struggling to attract customers, it is also struggling to retain existing ones.
It is also facing an economic crisis.
Dairy farmers rely on high milk prices to keep their farms running.
Milk is one of the main staples in many Australian diets, and farmers rely heavily on it to feed the animals they raise.
But dairy prices have fallen and farmers have seen their incomes suffer.
With fewer customers, dairy producers have been forced to increase their prices to survive.
There is no sign the downturn is slowing down, and the Australian Dairy Farmers Association is calling for a 30 per cent increase in milk prices next year.
Boulton says farmers are now looking for new sources of income.
He says it is “pretty challenging” to maintain a stable milk market.
Hogg is optimistic about the future, but he is worried about the impact on the industry’s future.”
If we don’t get it back up and running in 2018 we will probably be in a very difficult position, not only financially but in terms of the workforce,” he said.
The ABC has sought comment from the Australian Dairies Association.
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