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The business of dairy beyond the farm gate, Understanding Australian dairy co-operatives and processors and future opportunities

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4. There is a need for strong leadership amongst dairy farmers, advocacy bodies and companies to ensure they think outside the square to meet the future challenges and opportunities... The theory suggests that the co-operative can serve the members' interests by taking produce to markets and extracting a better price from the market place than its competitors due to economies of scale... The model should be structured to extract the best farm gate returns for its members and also have the processing capacity to achieve the right balance of products to return a competitive dividend...