Slow death of our dairy industry
THE damage to the dairy industry caused by low prices and flooding around the region has slashed the numbers of exhibitors at this year's Gympie Show.
But the demise of the dairy industry hasn't happened over night. Deregulation of the dairy industry, over a decade ago, has slowly strangled the once wealthy local industry.
The Gympie region used to have many dairy farms boosting its economy. In areas like Cedar Pocket and the Mary Valley, milk tankers ruled the roads. Now you can count them on one hand.
News yesterday that supply and demand in south-east Australia could push milk prices up this year has come too late for most of our farmers.
Many held on waiting for things to get better only to give up when they couldn't make ends meet.
Let's hope things get better for our farmers. I would hate to see a show without the dairy industry featuring.