The Project’s story #MilkedDry on the milk industry crisis on Tuesday night was very powerful and the stats show it resonated with Australians. Wow almost 20% of the Australian population have watched it.
As you will see this is not a ‘farmers crying over spilt milk’ story this is farmers telling it how it is.
Click here to watch the video
Knowing the farmers in the story I can only imagine how hard it was for them to put their hearts on the line like this
There is no-one more passionate about the Australian dairy industry than Marian MacDonald. She has opened the door to her dairy farm and her family’s highs and lows on her blog Milk Maid Marian to ensure the community gets the real story behind Australian dairy farming families
Marian, Wayne, Alex and Zoe
There have been over 15,000 comments with 99% being supportive of Australian dairy farmers and being very vocal in replies to people who aren’t.
Australians care about their dairy farmers and they are showing it and coming from a dairy family this is a wonderful thing to see. Thank you Australia
It is however clear the people who have commented on The Project Story have a very diverse understanding of the Australian dairy industry and I would like to use this post to clear up some of the misconceptions.
Q. Are the majority of milk processors foreign owned?
A. Yes, they are BUT the milk they supply is produced by Australian cows that graze on Australian family farms and this is the milk that Australian families buy in supermarkets. You can buy this milk with confidence knowing you are supporting Australian farming families and Australian communities. Australia also has Australian owned milk processors like Murray Goulburn and a number of smaller Australian family owned businesses
Q. Should humans drink cow’s milk?
A. I think the overwhelming scientific proof show that the answer to this question is a resounding YES. The science has consistently shown one of the reasons people in 1st world countries live longer is cow’s milk is now an easily accessible, safe, affordable and nutritious part of our diet.
Q. Has $1/litre milk and the milk supermarket price wars significantly impacted on the Australian dairy industry?
A A big YES YES YES Coles and Woolworths should be very ashamed ?
Q. Are Australian dairy farms factory farms?
A. No and as an example they are not this is one of the most intensive dairy farms in Australia.
Q. Are dairy farmers cruel to their animals?
A. I think the best way to answer this is in the following way. No-one is perfect including dairy farmers but let’s remember over 60% of RSPCA animal cruelty charges are domestic pet owners and farmers are less than 5%. If you ask the majority of dairy farmers why they dairy, they say it’s because they love milking cows and my experience is they do love their cows
Q. Do farmers deserve special treatment in times of crisis.
A. I will let the voters and consumers decide that one, remembering farmers in this country supply 93% (and 99% of the milk ) of the food we consume. In my opinion that makes the future of Australian farming and farmers very important.
Q. Can Australians help our dairy farmers?
A Yes you can.
- Firstly, just showing you care is the best medicine for our farmers’ mental health and its is clear from The Project’s story you do
- Secondly, you can show your support by using the hashtag #dairylove on social media
- Thirdly and most importantly 9 out of 10 Australians don’t consumer enough dairy products. Let’s fix this by buying and eating more dairy products as part of a balanced diet. Consuming dairy is good for your health, your longevity and good for farmers
Look what I found on the #DairyLove Facebook page – how gorgeous is this Ht Kathleen Johnston