Rising power prices were top of the agenda at the UDV’s Region Three members’ dinner in Numurkah last Monday night.
More than 50 farmers attended the event, which welcomed Dairy Australia policy and strategy manager Claire Miller and Australian Dairy Farmers natural resources management chair Daryl Hoey to speak.
The presentation focused on the drivers of energy prices and the impacts on the dairy industry, with forecasting by Dairy Australia anticipating a 50 to 70 per cent rise in energy costs for dairy processors in 2017-18.
This rise could see 1¢/litre shaved off the farm gate milk price which, if passed on, would further hit farmers who are expected to face increases of 20 per cent in shed energy tariffs.
The evening encouraged farmers to check their tariff and service charges to ensure their dairy is on a business tariff and not linked to their home’s residential tariff, shop around for the best deal and use online resources to compare offers, rates and service charges from suppliers.
UDV president Adam Jenkins and UDV acting policy manager Ashlee Hammond also attended the night and provided members with an update on the UDV’s work.