VICTORIA'S dairy lobby group will try to rally support to stop its South Australian counterparts' bid for Dairy Australia group B membership.
United Dairyfarmers' of Victoria policy council meeting last night voted "unanimously" to try to block South Australian Dairyfarmers' Association application at the Dairy Australia annual meeting next week.
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UDV president Kerry Callow urged other Victorian dairy farmers to do the same with their Dairy Australia voting right.
"If SADA is successful and there is another group B (member) I will flag that every other state will be forced to go down that line," Ms Callow said.
"Dairy Australia will then have to deal with every other state….there are a number of long term implications that scream not good for the industry."
Dairy Australia consults with its group B members, currently Australian Dairy Farmers and Australian Dairy Products Federation regarding its strategic direction.
"SADA is disappointed that the leadership of the UDV rather than speaking directly to SADA is instead asking farmers directly to deny South Australian levy payers the same rights as all other levy payers," SADA president David Basham said.
"To have their voice heard in the strategic and operational planning of Dairy Australia."
Mr Basham said SADA or South Australian farmers could not have input into this part of Dairy Australia's future as SADA was removed from the ADF board a few months ago.