So, pretty much the only way to help the farmers is for the government to step in. Whether we pay a levy that goes to the farmers. And to somehow stop price fixing etc there is nothing much the farmers can do themselves.
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20-05-2016 07:38 #11Senior Member
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20-05-2016 07:51 #12
I think (from listening to few radio segments and some brief reading on the topic) that there are a lot of factors that are contributing to the low milk prices. My understanding is that only a small % of Aussie milk ends up on the shelves for drinking - most is used for other products or exported.
I really hope that a long term sustainable solution can be found as it's devastating to hear the struggles of the dairy farmers.
Does anyone know what happens to the those farmers that supply Coles/woollies if that $1/L milk doesn't sell? Or was it the Fonterra/Goulburn Murray group that supplies them.
Sorry - not much help OP - $30-$40 extra on a tight budget is tough - maybe you could do some branded and some not - I'm sure every little bit helps.
20-05-2016 07:58 #13
I am not sure buying branded milk will make a big difference - too many families would in the position of needing to buy cheaper milk and the contracts are already drawn up with the farmers, regardless of what the consumer takes off the shelf. In the long run the demand might drop and this would in turn hurt the farmers supplying these big producers.
However, I think the hype and social media etc surrounding this could be a very good thing, sending a message to Coles & Woolies to pick up their game. They both 'market' like they're best buddies with the farmers (cr@p), and the negative publicity will be taken into account. Media is very powerful so let's hope this helps make a difference!
Personally I only buy local/organic but we only go through 2-3L a week so I don't mind paying $4-$5 for a 2L bottle. Not everyone can afford that.
20-05-2016 08:05 #14
I personally think if you want to help the farmers you'll buy independent milk direct or from other stores ie iga or other independent, health food store or direct.
20-05-2016 08:34 #15
20-05-2016 08:36 #16Senior Member
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Yep, we only buy local branded milk. When Coles and Woolies dropped milk prices to $1, it didn't take an economist to figure out that farmers were being screwed and we felt it was important to send a signal to the supermarkets that their predatory behaviour is not okay.
That being said, I can understand why people who don't have much shopping budget to work with might not be in a position to be able to bypass the cheaper milk if it's offered.
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20-05-2016 08:43 #17
I just adjusted my original post. I did my math wrong, would be an extra $1 a litre give or take. So closer to $16 extra a week.
Sorry, 2nd coffee has just kicked in and brain started working.
20-05-2016 09:02 #18
Thankfully we are not big milk drinkers and if I do buy it for baking or smoothies I buy A2 , I stopped eating meat and then went on to being vegan after visiting a dairy farm when I was 14 as it was heartbreaking seeing the cows ( and then realising dairy cows are the biggest veal producers) but I do now eat dairy , but I just try but the most ethical ( and better for animal brands) which is one of the reasons I prefer organic, the animals are usually better looked after but unfortunately it is more expensive
20-05-2016 09:02 #19Senior Member
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I buy branded milk - I really love the non homogenised creamy milk. It's local and well worth the price. I don't know if it's just here but the generic milk tastes disgusting and watery anyway.
20-05-2016 09:03 #20
I want to buy branded milk but...
Sorry if this is a stupid question but want to make sure I am buying the right milk. Is Farmhouse Gold Cream On Top a branded milk? Want to make sure if I get that still I am still helping the farmers in some way
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