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“Why are you wasting money sending a girl to school?” “She’s only going to get married and have kids.” Dad and I had been fixing a fence when the next door neighbour stopped to share his thoughts on my education. It was 1980 and I was 10. But Mum and Dad were prepared to make …
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The Milk Maid Marian by Milkmaidmarian - 3M ago

“She just stands there, like this, frozen,” he said, arms held stiffly by his side, gaze fixed in the far distance. “It’s not easy taking on a farm right now. No feed around at all, y’know.” It was a two-minute conversation on the side of a dusty gravel track about a little brindle bull I’d …
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A fantastic new library of videos, tools and guides have just been released by WorkSafe Vic and I reckon they’re really worth a good look for everyone on farm. Quad bikes are part of everyday life on most dairy farms but it’s a big mistake to take them for granted. Some say it’s only operator …
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The Milk Maid Marian by Milkmaidmarian - 10M ago
There’s no other way to say it. We’ve decided to sell. Wayne hurt his back badly a couple of months ago and it’s still what I’d call “delicate”. The injury is aggravated by everyday farming chores and nothing’s more precious than health and family. Not even the farm. It’s satisfying to look back at what …
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The public tide of sympathy for dairy farmers has pushed the supermarkets to act again, this time, with “drought relief” milk. It’s the latest incarnation of what DIAA scholar Norman Repacholi rightly calls “welfare milk”. I cannot tell you how grateful I am to everyone who is pushing the supermarkets to do better. But this …
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Following the commitment from Woolies and Coles to lift the price of some of its homebrand milk, Milk Maid Marian asked Aldi if it would follow suit. Here’s its response: “In recent months, we have accepted price increases from a number of our processors to compensate farmers due to current market conditions.” “Although the cost …
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Coles has followed Woolies’ move to increase the price of its 3 litre milk from $3 to $3.30 and both have promised they will donate the entire increase to farmers affected by drought. I’m rapt that the supermarkets are finally doing something to loosen the screws. Farmers are suffering death by a thousand cuts and …
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In an interview with Milk Maid Marian, the federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, has made some extraordinary comments. The Minister: is open to a levy on a range of dairy products (not just milk) if industry asks; believes a retail levy should be imposed until there is “market purity”, which means …
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