Yoghurt's rainbow of flavours

I’m old enough to remember a time when there seemed to be about three flavours of yoghurt: vanilla, strawberry and, if you want to be really fancy, tropical.

Another lost season for farmers

Farmers have been surprised and in some cases angered by Murray Goulburn’s lower than expected opening prices, however some are adopting a measured response.

Michael Partridge

Three south west dairy farmers whose contracts with Parmalat’s Harvey Fresh were due to expire at the end of June have had these extended by a further six months, until January 2018.

US sees red over Canada's regulated market

There’s been plenty said about the first 100 days of the Trump presidency – more about what didn’t happen in comparison to the campaign promises rather than tangible achievements – but in the recent weeks the dairy industry has been drawn into some of the posturing.

Michael Partridge

Consultations between the WA dairy industry and the WA Agriculture Minister have taken place, following the rejection of a proposal by Harvey Fresh suppliers which would keep three producers in contract.

Scott Morrison

Dairy farmers employing staff on visas will have to contribute upfront costs under changes announced in last night’s Federal Budget.

Ari Mervis

Murray Goulburn will pay suppliers $4.95/kg milk solids for the current season and will repay clawback funds to existing and returning suppliers. It will also close its manufacturing facilities at Edith Creek, Rochester and Kiewa.

Burra Foods lifts prices

Burra Foods has brought forward payment of its Burra Supply Incentive – traditionally paid at the end of the season – lifting milk prices by 6c/kg for fat and 15c/kg for protein.

Gary Helou

The ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Murray Goulburn, alleging it engaged in unconscionable conduct and made false or misleading representations in contravention of the Australian Consumer Law.

Dennis Mutton

Dairy farmers want simpler payment systems and more market intelligence from their suppliers, according to a survey commissioned by the Union Dairy Company and co-funded by the South Australia Dairy Industry Fund.

NSW farmers worried about 457 visa changes

The Federal government’s sudden cancellation of the skilled 457 Visa foreign worker program this week has spread uncertainty and concern among the dairy industry nationally, according to NSW lobby body, Dairy Connect.

John McQueen

Australian Dairy Farmers is seeking assurances that there will not be any changes to the Dairy Industry Labour Agreement, under the new visa arrangements announced yesterday. Interim ADF CEO, John McQueen said access to skilled workers was essential to the continued growth and productivity of the dairy industry, yet there…

We need to talk about cheese

There’s always a lot of local media coverage about the price of milk and how it’s hurting farmers. When global dairy trade is discussed it’s all about whole and skim milk powder.

Beef cows with electronic collars within a virtual (and not-so virtual) fence. Image: CSIRO

Virtual fencing for cattle is set to hit the commercial market later this year, following a successful $2 million fundraising round by Melbourne-based agri-tech company Agersens.

Photo: Paul Weir

Dairy farmers across New South Wales and Queensland are counting the cost of some of the worst floods on record and industry bodies want to make sure they’re not forgotten in relief efforts.

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When butter and chocolate collide

TWO New Zealand companies Lewis Road Creamery and Whittakers have teamed up to deliver what must be every dairy lover’s dream: chocolate butter.

Milking it - Ice cream for dogs

EFFORTS to extend the market for dairy know no bounds, with an American company The Bear and The Rat, creating a yoghurt-based ice cream for dogs.