Dairy

Price issues spur move

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February 07, 2018

Invergordon's Darren Crawford is leaving the dairy industry because of issues with water and the milk price.

Issues over water and the milk price crisis were the reasons for Invergordon dairy farmer Darren Crawford leaving the industry.

Mr Crawford, as a Murray Goulburn supplier, said he was not pleased about how he was treated.

‘‘It was meant to be a farmer co-op. It made it tough for us young farmers. I didn’t like the way things were handled,’’ he said.

Mr Crawford said it was tough as a young farmer due to him having to start from scratch.

‘‘Young farmers starting out are more in debt than most,’’ he said.

He was also not a fan of the way the water system is structured, but said his water issues came down to two things.

‘‘Cost and uncertainties (around water) were the main things.’’

After a successful sale during International Dairy Week, Mr Crawford is looking forward to his new career.

‘‘I’m extremely happy. With the way the industry is at the moment, we couldn’t ask for much more,’’ he said.

‘‘The averages were fantastic, really.

‘‘We still have some young stock that we will be selling at various times when they are closer to calving. I’m pretty keen to move into beef.

‘‘I only have a handful (of beef cattle) and over the next month or six weeks we will start picking up a few (more).’’

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