UDV affiliation falls | Seymour’s Telegraph

The president of the UDV, Paul Mumford.

The body that represents Victoria’s dairy farmers is battling declining membership despite the industry enjoying the best returns in years.

United Dairyfarmers of Victoria met in Melbourne on April 29 and heard that membership had dropped to around 1,000.

The organization operated with a deficit of $191,000 last year with a total turnover of about $1.5 million and has a cumulative deficit of $365,000.

The main costs were direct support expenses $734,000; maximum council fees $343,000; and personnel expenses $268,000.

The UDV said it planned to adopt new membership strategies from its parent body, the Farmers’ Federation of Victoria, this year.

The VFF surveyed members and non-members last year about future membership structures and dues.

The report presented to the annual meeting said that it was very clear that VFF must better communicate the value of its achievements to farmers in Victoria.

“It began to do so by reviewing its communication channels and messages,” the annual report said.

UDV president Paul Mumford said the industry was entering a time of change.

“The UDV will continue to do what we do: make the Victorian dairy industry a better place,” he said.

“What form it takes, what it’s called, how much it costs, those things can change.

“But an organization with such a rich history and strong support from its farmer members will continue in one form or another.

“A state defense body for the Victorian dairy industry is important.”

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