The Shepparton hearing into the dairy industry by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will be held on Tuesday, February 28.
The ACCC is inviting dairy farmers to Shepparton Golf Club from 6.30pm to 8.30pm to share any concerns they may have about competition and fair trading.
The Shepparton meeting is one of a series of public forums and part of the ACCC’s public consultation for its dairy inquiry, which is examining competition between milk processors, contracts between processors and farmers, global supply markets and the profitability of dairy farms.
Dairy farmers and others working in the industry are invited to share their views on these issues directly with ACCC commissioners.
‘‘We are interested in hearing from farmers on a range of topics, including options for selling milk in different regions, the transparency of how farm gate milk prices are calculated and contracting practices in the industry,’’ ACCC commissioner Mick Keogh said.
‘‘We are attending major dairy production regions in each state. I look forward to meeting farmers and hearing their views.
‘‘If there are farmers who cannot attend but want to have their say, I’d encourage them to call or email us.’’
A summary of the issues discussed at the forums will be published on the ACCC website, however, individuals’ names will not be used.
The forums will be held at: Shepparton, Toowoomba, Taree, Traralgon, Warrnambool, Bunbury, Hahndorf and Burnie.
The ACCC’s inquiry will cover all geographical and major product markets within the Australian dairy industry.
Through the inquiry, the ACCC will analyse the industry to identify structural and behavioural issues that affect its performance.
The ACCC must submit its report to Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison before November 1.
Separate to the inquiry, the ACCC investigations relating to the cuts to the price paid to dairy farmers for milk solids, announced by Murray Goulburn and Fonterra Australia in April and May 2016, are continuing.