Dairy, water markets

Northern Victorian dairy farmers, facing high production costs, weigh options.

15 August 2018

Andrew Miller, The Land
15 August 2018

Northern Victorian dairy farmers say the triple whammy of high water, grain and hay prices have left many in a precarious position.

With grain prices hitting $385 a tonne, hay reaching $400/t and water at $350/Megalitre, farmers say they badly need rain, to grow spring pastures for grass or hay.

Echuca dairy farmer Steve Hawken said cost of production pressures would also be alleviated by processors offering milk step ups.

“The most important thing on processors’ minds should be the farmers,” Mr Hawken said.

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