Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative (DFMC) welcomes the temporary increase in wholesale milk prices for ‘Dairy Farmers’ and ‘Pura’ branded white milk announced by Lion Dairy & Drinks today.
Queensland dairy farmer and DFMC Chair Andrew Burnett said the move by Lion Dairy & Drinks would help its members doing it tough.
He says it is an important step towards supporting the sustainability of Australia’s dairy farmers during these difficult periods of drought.
“Any increase in the price of milk that supports our farmers – especially those that are facing drought – is welcomed,” he said.
Lion has announced every cent of the additional 10 cents per litre that it is temporarily adding to the wholesale price of its ‘Dairy Farmers’ and ‘Pura’ 1L, 2L and 3L milk sold at participating grocery and convenience stores will go directly to their nominated dairy farmers in drought affected areas in NSW, SEQ and Victoria.
Selected retailers have also announced similar moves on their generic milk.
DFMC is a farmer-owned co-operative comprising 350 dairy farmer members from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. All milk produced by DFMC is sold to Lion Dairy & Drinks.
“The money raised from this increased wholesale milk price on 1L, 2L and 3L Dairy Farmers and Pura white milk will make a difference to our drought-affected farmers, and really help them with the higher costs of feed and water,” said Andrew.
“I want to thank in advance all consumers who take this easy and effective step towards helping our dairy farmers by simply choosing branded Dairy Farmers white milk in NSW and QLD and Pura branded white milk in Victoria.
“We want to keep producing milk for you, and through fairer pricing we can.”
Milk at the new price will be sold across Australia in identifiable ‘Dairy Farmers’ and ‘Pura’ 1L, 2L and 3L bottles at participating grocery and convenience stores in NSW, QLD and Victoria from 1 October 2018.
DFMC will participate in an independent committee being set up by Lion Dairy & Drinks which will oversee the process of distributing funds to drought-affected farmers who supply Lion Dairy & Drinks.