Today, NSW Farmers is milking the opportunity to recognise dairy farmers on World Milk Day.
NSW Farmers’ Dairy Committee Chair, Erika Chesworth, said the day was an opportunity to highlight the importance of the Australian dairy industry and to keep in mind our dairy farmers are still doing it tough more than 12 months on since the ‘dairy crisis’ began.
“Our farmers face a number of challenges. The ‘dairy crisis’ is still not over – farmers have had to deal with a long period of low farm gate milk prices, and also high and increasing input costs.
“Now more than ever, dairy farmers need the support of their community. So if you can, buy branded, shop local and raise a glass of fresh milk in thanks to our Aussie dairy farmers,” Ms Chesworth said.
“Dairy farmers work hard to ensure Australians have access to fresh milk and nutritious dairy products every day of the year. We boost state and federal economies, last year contributing $584 million dollars to the NSW economy. We provide employment to regional communities, with both skilled and unskilled workers operating across a range of fields. Our industry is proactive and committed to continual improvement to ensure we have a sustainable industry into the future.”
World Milk Day is an initiative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, to celebrate the contribution of the dairy industry around the globe.
The event is in its 17th year and provides an opportunity to recognise the positive impact of dairy; as a key of source of nutrition and as an economic and social cornerstone of communities around the world.
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