Will there be any dairy farmers left in Queensland in 10 years time? It’s a question we ponder as we milk our own cows. As retailers use milk as a loss leader to get people into store, farmers costs’ increase and the weather continues to change, the dairy industry is fast disappearing in Queensland.
The future seems grim. With no fresh milk produced locally, we could be forced to buy UHT milk that has been over-cooked and killed. Or perhaps we will develop a taste for powdered milk or even sweetened condensed milk.
How far afield will the milk have to come? Victoria, New Zealand or perhaps even China? Surely wherever the supermarket giants can get the cheapest commodity this week…
So what can we do to maintain a viable dairy industry in Queensland?
Our dairy-farmers need support, and the best way to help is to pay them a bit more for their milk. An extra 5 to 10c per litre doesn’t seem much but it makes all the difference to your farmer.
Why should bottled water be more expensive than milk?
That’s why, as of next year Mungalli intends to pay both its Biodynamic Mungalli suppliers and our Jersey Misty Mountain suppliers significantly more for their milk.
These guys and girls get up before the crack of dawn every day, in all kinds of weather to milk their cows. Then they are back as the sun sets to milk yet again.