Wednesday 12 September 2012
Culling dairy cows
A dairy farmer in northern NSW says he's potentially facing the worst year of farming in his 18 years in the business.
While there's still no official announcement from Japanese-owned dairy processor Lion on what it will pay for Tier 1 milk, Paul Weir believes the Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative has secured 47.5 cents a litre for its suppliers.
He considers that base rate a market price, but it's the drop of the Tier 2 price to 15 cents and further cuts to his milk allocation which he says will hurt the most.
"I will not make any money this financial year. And that's a tough gig when you've still got another 10 months to go and you're not going to make any money, but that's the sad reality of the fact," he said.
"We normally milk about 300 cows. We've probably culled about 25 cows so far."
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