COLD, wet and windy conditions made for a disappointing response to the Gippsland Farmer Relief Inc ‘Run for Farmers’ day last Saturday.
But those that did brave the inclement conditions still enjoyed some exercise, over a 5km and 10km course, on the Mirboo North Rail Trail.
And after all, the farmers still had to do the milking!
The event started at the old Darlimurla Railway Station and with members of the farmer relief group on hand, St John Ambulance and a local coffee cart to do the honours afterwards; what’s not to like?
President of the group, Melissa Ferguson, was philosophical.
“You can’t do much about the weather but the main message is, that we are out here supporting the dairy farmers,” said Melissa.
“We are also inviting farmers to the Boolarra Community Hotel on Thursday, November 17 at 10am for a morning tea.”
Turned the corner
It could quite easily be a happy occasion after milk prices started to turn the corner at the worldwide auctions last week.
The global whole milk powder prices jumped nearly 20 per cent, further evidence that the dairy industry is indeed turning the corner.
The first Global Dairy Trade auction
for November saw whole milk powder
prices jump 19.8 per cent from the
previous sale two weeks ago to $US3317 ($4335 a tonne, skim milk powder prices by 6.5 per cent to $US2329 ($3044) a tonne and butter by 4 per cent to $US4146
($5419) a tonne.
GDT cheddar prices were much more subdued, rising just 0.9 per cent from the last auction to $US3332 ($4355) a tonne.
It means WMP prices are about the same as they were 13 months ago but are well below the highs of more than $US5000 a tonne set in 2013-14.
Improved weather conditions in Victoria’s dairy regions should also stop the slide in production figures as well.
So, while it wasn’t ideal for either running or milking last Saturday morning, there’s at least a light on the hill.