Dairy products hit hard by global warming
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Dairy products are likely to be hit hardest by global heating and are also the most vulnerable, according to a new study by Australia’s largest dairy farmers.
Dairy product prices could fall by as much as 15 per cent, the study said, and more than one in five farmers were concerned about the quality of their milk.
It found many farmers were already struggling with lower prices.
The study was based on a survey of almost 2,000 dairy farmers in Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
The farmers are all in the dairy industry and they’ve been doing very well for a long time and it’s really hard to make any changes to them.
There’s been a lot of change in the last five years in the industry, but there’s still a lot that’s the same, so it’s a real concern for a lot people, said Kerry Jones, executive director of the Dairy Farmers of Tasmania.
The dairy industry is a huge industry in Australia and they need to keep that up, he said.
It’s a lot to lose and it has to be managed.
He said the study found farmers in South Australia, which is one of the most affected regions, were more concerned about milk quality than those in the other regions.
The Dairy Farmers Association of Tasmania also said it was “very concerned” about the study.
“The results from this study suggest there are significant gaps in knowledge and understanding about the impacts of climate change on milk production,” said dairy farmer David Smith.
“Dairy farmers in Australia are well placed to understand the impact of climate and climate-related impacts of the current global warming on milk supply and price, and this should be encouraged and encouraged further,” he said, adding the study also suggested there was “much uncertainty” about how climate change will affect the industry.
The industry has also seen a significant decline in business over the past decade, with the average price of milk falling by 25 per cent in just the past year.
In Tasmania, the average annual profit for dairy farmers fell from $16.5 million in 2007 to $13.7 million in 2015, according the Dairy Association of Victoria.
The report noted the dairy sector was experiencing “significant changes” as a result of climate-induced climate change, and said the Australian Dairy Industry (ADI) should be prepared to invest in “strategic” research to help farmers and consumers understand how climate-driven events are affecting the industry and farmers.
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