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Dairy oversupply priority issue for WA dairy industry

Following recent difficulties for suppliers in the WA dairy industry, WAFarmers continues to work towards addressing the issue of oversupply and protecting the industry for current and future generations.

WAFarmers Dairy Council President Phil Depiazzi said WAFarmers and other stakeholders were working closely to find a solution to the oversupply problem currently facing the state.

“There is a fine climatic balance needed to ensure dairy cows produce enough milk to meet demand, and while Western Australia has had a seemingly excellent start to the season, this means we now have supply outstripping demand,” he said.

“To address this issue, WAFarmers is working collaboratively and cooperatively with the State Government, processors, suppliers and other industry representatives to find a way forward and get the balance back.

“Given there are only around 150 dairy farmers in the state, it is a priority for us and the larger dairy industry to find a solution that safeguards the future of the industry while at the same time maintaining, if not increasing, the number of people involved in the WA dairy industry.

“We all know that these are challenging times for dairy farmers, so we hope to find an effective solution as quickly as possible so that the industry can get back on track.”

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