AUSTRALIA’S top dairy farm, the world’s largest, is in a state of flux.
The government’s decision to close down its farm in Victoria last month has put pressure on a small dairy farming community to start from scratch.
This week, the government is due to publish a new draft dairy bill that would extend the farm’s closure to other dairy farms across Australia.
It will also include a new subsidy scheme for dairy farmers.
Key points:The Government is considering whether to extend the closure of the Cairns dairy farm to other farms in the stateThe Cairn Valley dairy farm is the world-leading producer of milk in AustraliaThe Caterer’s Choice, which has a 10-year lease on the farm, is not the only dairy farm in the area, but it is by far the largest with 1.3 million cows.
Cairn has been a major farming community for nearly 150 years, with its first dairy farm being established in the 1840s and its last in the 1950s.
At its peak, the Caterers Choice produced about 20 million litres of milk a year.
Since its closure, dairy farms in Queensland have also faced the loss of milk supply.
The Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria says that in recent years, a number of dairy farms have closed down, including Cairngorg, Cairnbidge, and Cairney.
“They have been the primary source of dairy supply in Victoria for a number, perhaps even all, of the past 100 years,” the Cattlemens Association’s Peter Wilson said.
“These dairy farms are a vital part of our local community.”
He said that Cairncidie was the only one of the farms that had survived.
“Cairncids dairy herd has been the backbone of the community, and it’s sad that the last of it is going to go,” he said.
The Government’s dairy bill has a lot of policy details to be worked out.
In the meantime, Dairy Farmers Australia (DFA) is calling on the government to extend its farm closure rules to other existing dairy farms.
DFA president, Dr Mark Hough, said the Government was “trying to do what the dairy industry needs to do to keep dairy farmers in business”.
“If we can make it work, we’ll be able to support those farmers that are struggling,” he told ABC radio.
But he said there was a big difference between extending a closure rule to existing dairy farmers and extending it to new ones.
He pointed to recent developments in the dairy farming industry, such as the emergence of a new dairy crop, and the prospect of more milk supplies being provided.
“We’ve seen the emergence in some places of a crop that is going towards the next generation of milk,” Dr Hough said.
Cairns farmer says the farm will be a new source of milk Source Peter Wilson, CFA’s president, says the Calens farm is one of Victoria’s best.
We’ll be looking at that crop as we move forward.
Dr Wilson said the Caua Valley Dairy is one example of the future potential for milk supply in the Cirencester region.
“There are a lot more people in the farming community than we have seen in the past,” he added.
As well as the dairy, there is also a dairy business that was established in 1887.
One of its first members was the Cailns Cairndine farmer John Cairnah, who opened a dairy in 1882.
More recently, John Caunah’s son, James, established a dairy farm and opened the Cairs Cairnmiddie dairy in the 1970s.
James Caunna’s father, Ciaran Cairnan, is also the Caileyn farmer.
James and Ciarans father was also the founder of Cairni Cairne in 1884.
James Cairan was a major supporter of the dairy business in Cairnas day.
Today, James Cairna has died.
Dairy farmer John and his family founded the Ciarns Caileys Cairnte dairy in Caihern in 1894.
James, Caiall, and their family also ran the Caeley Cairmiddies Cairnnies dairy farm from the mid-19th century until the early 1900s.
Dr Wilson has been monitoring the dairy in an effort to understand the impact of the closure on the dairy community.
“In my mind, it’s a really sad day for dairy farming in Cirens,” he explained.
“I’m really glad that it’s been dealt with in a way that we’ve got a way out.”
However, Dr Wilson is not optimistic about the future.
“The Cailn Valley is one that we know will be here for a very long time,”