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GIPPSLAND dairy farmers
have not yet been given an
indication of opening price,
despite one company from
the west of the state releas-
ing its price a fortnight ago.
Warrnambool Butter and Cheese
announced an opening price of
$4.80 per kilogram of milk solids
much earlier than usual, an initia-
tive welcomed by its suppliers.
Burra Foods CEO Grant Croth-
ers said his company was aiming to
release its opening milk price ear-
lier than usual as well.
“We understand that supply
partners would appreciate direc-
tion as soon as possible so they
can plan their cash flow,” he said.
“Following on from the current
year, we will continue to do our
best to protect supply partners from
the market volatility while recogn-
ising Burra Foods is not isolated
from the impact of global com-
“What we can promise is
that Burra Foods will contin-
ue to provide supply partners
with frank market assessments so
that they know where they stand
and can plan as well as possible for
the challenges that lie ahead.”
A Murray Goulburn spokesper-
son said the cooperative’s opening
price would be released in line with
its usual practice.
“We will make an announce-
ment regarding the opening price
for the 2016-17 season in the com-
ing weeks, before the end of June,”
Leongatha South MG supplier
Gordon Vagg said he was hoping
the season would start off around
$5kg/MS, but that was not looking
“It looks like it is going to be
around $4.80kg/MS, which is a bit
of a worry,” he said.
Mr Vagg is expecting the open-
ing price to be released by next
Fonterra Australia is anticipat-
ing a low milk price for the upcom-
General manager Australian milk
supply Matt Watt said Fonterra would
make its opening price announce-
ment in the next couple of weeks, in
line with previous seasons.
“At the start of June we launched
a new monthly bulletin for our
farmers that aims to give our sup-
pliers clear and relevant informa-
tion about the global and domestic
markets and how they influence the
Australian milk price, to give them
guidance when planning ahead,”
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THE weather was kind to the typically
large crowd one expects to find at clear-
ing sales in the district.
With several outside vendors joining Warren
and Vicki Kenney’s clearing sale at Mount Eccles
on Friday, the farmyards were full of high qual-
ity farm and household goods that had attracted
“It has been six days full-on setting up but we
have had great weather for it,” Mr Kenney said.
The couple is heading north for anywhere be-
tween two and five years and will look for work
as they go.
Mrs Kenney is a nurse and Mr Kenney is a
paramedic so that should not be too hard.
“We are leaving our comfort zone,” Mrs Ken-
“But the farm and house are leased. We have
them to come back to.
“It’s time to do it,” her husband replied.
Clearing out: Vicki
and Warren Kenney are
heading north after their
clearing sale. “It’s a bit
scary,” Vicki said but
as Warren replied, “It’s
it off any longer, we’ll
never do it.”
Kenneys to travel north
Gen’ four: from left, John McCombe from Leongatha, his granddaughter Emily Perczyk
from Hallston and great granddaughter, two year old Felicity, and daughter Gail Baker from
Dumbalk. It had been a productive morning at the clearing sale.
Day out: left, Dilvya, eight year old Niya
and five year old Nimiya, in Grade 2 and
Prep respectively at St Lawrence’s Primary
School, and Shiju Manavalan of Leongatha
were at the Kenney clearing sale on Friday
• Leongatha South MG
supplier Gordon Vagg.
Prices now, please
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