DAIRY farmers will have a tough but fair rule book to help them negotiate a fair price for their milk says Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie.
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CODE OF CONDUCT: Beaudesert dairy farmer Joe Bradley (centre) with Agriculture Minister Senator Bridget McKenzie and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

Speaking from Joe Bradley’s Rush Creek dairy farm near Beaudesert on Monday, Senator McKenzie said Australia’s dairy farming organisations had worked hard to develop rules that would support dairy farmers right across Australia.
“The code prohibits retrospective pricing step downs. It also prevents unilateral changes except in a narrowly defined set of emergency circumstances; it stops processors withholding loyalty payments from farmers who are changing processor; and it prohibits exclusive supply arrangements where other conditions would be to the detriment of dairy farmers,” Senator McKenzie said.
“It also establishes a dispute resolution process, increases the powers of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in the space and introduces civil penalties.”
The mandatory Dairy Code of Conduct takes effect from January 1.

At the midpoint of the year, the all-milk price forecast for 2022 is a whopping $26.20 per hundredweight (cwt), according to the June 2022 USDA/ERS Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook report.

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