Female milk producers face a growing problem of oversupply, with the industry set to hit a major peak in the next few years.
As well as the price hikes, the new milk standards for the dairy industry are set to come into effect in July 2020.
In 2018, the Australian Dairy Industry Association warned the new laws would “put consumers at a serious competitive disadvantage”.
But the latest Dairy Quality Act is set to do more to address the problem than the previous laws.
The Australian Dairy Quality Assurance (ADQA) has proposed to increase the price of milk in Australia by up to $3.40 per litre in 2018, which will mean that the average price of a pint of milk will increase by $0.85.
This will help ensure women in Australia are getting good quality milk at reasonable prices, said Dairy Quality Association of Australia (DAA) CEO, Lisa Hynes.
“Women are often more than just milk consumers and we want to ensure that they are getting quality milk to help them stay healthy, protect them from milkborne illness and reduce the risk of dairy related cancers,” Ms Hynes said.
“These price increases will help support the growth of dairy farms in Australia and support the health of women and the community.”
The ADQA’s proposed price increases have the potential to significantly reduce the costs of dairy farming for dairy farmers, which is vital to ensuring the health and wellbeing of Australian consumers.
“The price increases were also set to include increased prices for the milk, including: A $0 per litne increase in the price for the average cup of milk; and A $3 per litelence increase in milk price.
This means women in the industry will now be paying $3 more for the same amount of milk.
While the ADQC’s proposed increase will have little impact on the dairy sector, it will have a dramatic impact on women who are making decisions to purchase dairy products. “
It will be too little too late for many dairy farmers who have already seen the price increase,” she said.
Dairy farmers across Australia are concerned about the new rules, with dairy industry representatives from across the country visiting dairy farmers and informing them that prices will increase. “
They will be paying more to the milk producer and they will be putting more strain on their bank accounts.”
Dairy farmers across Australia are concerned about the new rules, with dairy industry representatives from across the country visiting dairy farmers and informing them that prices will increase.
Dairy industry spokesman, Mark Taylor, said that the ADUAs proposed price increase was “unacceptable”.
“We have seen a rise in milk prices across the dairy farming sector in the past few years, and this is just further evidence that the price changes are simply not justified,” Mr Taylor said.
Mr Taylor said dairy farmers had had to deal with rising costs of milk supplies, which had forced them to raise prices for dairy products, particularly milk products.
“The increase in prices is going to be felt by many dairy producers and there is concern that this will cause more pressure on the milk industry and the price cuts may not be enough to save them,” Mr T, of Mr Taylor Farms said.