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Here's Proof People Are Buying Heaps Of Australian Milk To Support Local Farmers

Australians are turning to Facebook to organise mass buyouts of name brand dairy products.

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People are stocking up on Australian-made milk and posting about it on Facebook as local dairy farmers face a potentially industry-changing crisis.

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People are using Facebook to organise the mass buyout of Aussie branded milk, hoping to aid local dairy businesses that are set to be hurt by radically reduced milk prices.

Cooperatives Fonterra and Murray Goulburn have reduced the price they are offering to dairy farmers to produce milk dramatically, with many farmers now worrying they won't be able to turn a profit.

Dairy Australia has begun urging Australians to buy branded products, which will see more money go to local farmers, instead of the cheaper home-brand products available at Coles and Woolworths.

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Speaking to Alan Jones on 2GB last week, Farmer Power president and Victorian farmer Chris Gleeson said deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce had let down Aussie farmers.

"Years ago, we had a meeting... And we had Barnaby Joyce in that room, and he was going to do everything for us. And at this stage... We still haven't heard from Barnaby Joyce. Who is he helping here, the farmers or the supermarkets?"

"Who in Australia wants to buy a dairy farm at the moment?" he asked.

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Rural New South Wales dairy farmer Thomas Skinner told BuzzFeed News he is scared for his family.

"We can't afford to sell milk for less than it costs to make," he said. "We would have to look at getting jobs in town and we all left school early to help on the farm, so finding work won't be easy. My brother has two young boys, my fiancé and I are planning to be married soon and start our own family."

"It's heartbreaking to see what's happening in Victoria at the moment and knowing the hard work that it takes to look after and grow your animals and farm to be successful."

Almost 50,000 people have joined the Facebook group Dairy Farmers Need Your Help Please in an effort to inspire the community to buy branded dairy products from their local supermarket.

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Animosity has been growing between Australian dairy farmers and supermarket chains Woolworths and Coles since they introduced $1 milk in 2011, believing the cheaper product was taking possible profit away.

Members are also posting photos that show the effect of the name-brand buyout on community supermarkets. Some posts have received more than 30,000 shares and tens of thousands of likes.

It's not just restricted to the one group, with other Facebook pages popping up to help further spread the word.

Coles has announced it will be launching a new, more expensive home-brand milk in the coming months with proceeds going to Australia's dairy industry.

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Both the Victorian Farmers Federation and the National Farmer's Federation have applauded the move by Coles, with VFF president Peter Tuohey saying in a statement it was "great" that the supermarket chain had shown its support for Australian farmers.

“It’s a credit to [Coles managing director] Mr Durkan that he’s stepped up to the mark and acted quickly to establish the fund, injecting $1 million of Coles’ money to get it started," he said.

The National Farmers' Federation president, Brent Finlay also said he was heartened by the move.

"The short-term support this will provide to farmers is extremely important given the highly stressful circumstances many Murray Goulburn dairy farmers now face and the pressure this is putting on farming families," he said.

However, some farmers are calling it nothing more than a publicity stunt.

"Now that Coles are killing the goose that laid the golden egg they're saying we'd better get some grain under their nose to keep the head up," Victorian farmer Marian Macdonald told the Australian Financial Review.

BuzzFeed News has contacted the admin for the Dairy Farmers Need Your Help Please Facebook group for further comment.

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