Lottery offsets wagering weakness for Tabcorp in FY results

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Bingo 14th August 2019 | By contenteditor Regions: Oceania Australia Australia’s Tabcorp has reported revenue of AUD$5.5bn (£3.08bn/€3.32bn/$3.71bn) for its financial year ended 30 June, 2019, strong growth in lottery revenue offsetting a decline in revenue from its Wagering & Media division over the year.
On a pro-forma basis, looking at the combined results of Tabcorp and Tatts for the prior year, revenue was up 8.7% year-on-year. From the date of the closing of the Tatts acquisition on 14 December 2017, and with Tabcorp’s 2017-18 results restated to reflect the discontinuation of the Sun Bets joint venture, revenue was up 45.9%.The majority of revenue came from Tabcorp’s Lotteries and Keno division, which accounted for $2.9bn, or 52.2%, of the group total. This represented a 22.8% year-on-year increase.Powerball proved the standout performer, accounting for 28% of the division’s revenue, with the game benefitting from product improvements to increase jackpots.“We have been focused on driving sustainable growth through investments in our digital and retail channels, as well as game innovation,” Tabcorp chief executive and managing director David Attenborough said. “The new Powerball game reinvigorated the Australian lottery market, delivering bigger jackpots more often.”This resulted in increased cross-sell to other games, such as the Monday and Wednesday lotto draws (27% of revenue, with Saturday Lotto draws) and Set for Live (8% of revenue).Digital revenue was up 73.5% year-on-year, and now accounts for 23.5% of lottery revenue, while active registered players increased 22.2% to 3.3m over the year.The Wagering and Media division, however, endured a difficult year. Pro-forma revenue fell 3.6% year-on-year to $2.3bn. When the Victorian racing industry’s share from its joint venture with Tabcorp was factored in, revenue amounted to $2.4bn, down 4.4% year-on-year.Wagering and Media turnover for the year fell 1.2% to $16.1bn, with declines in stakes through retail and call centres offset by a 7.7% rise in digital turnover to $6.8bn. Digital now accounts for 44.6% of TAB revenue.UBet, the wagering business acquired through the Tatts merger, struggled most, with revenue down 7.2% to $517.1m, though Tabcorp noted that it this decline had slowed following the acquisition. UBet still remains a retail-first business, with digital betting only accounting for 34.1% of revenue.Attenborough said integrating the legacy TAB and acquired UBet businesses had been the division’s focus in FY19, with UBet expected to be fully aligned with the TAB by the second half of the operator’s 2020 financial year.The Max gaming services business, meanwhile, saw revenue fall 3.5% to $304.0m. This was blamed on the expiry of contracts in Victoria.After revenue-related costs were stripped out, Tabcorp’s variable contribution for the year amounted to $2.0bn, up 3.9% year-on-year. A marginal rise in operating costs to $914.5m left earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of $1.1bn, up 7.6% on a pro-forma basis.Attenborough noted that the integration programme to combine the Tabcorp and Tatts businesses had delivered EBITDA synergies of $64m over the year. This was ahead of the mid-year target of $55m, leaving the operator on track to realise between $130m and $145m in synergies by FY21.Once depreciation and amortisation of $304.1m was stripped out, earnings before interest and tax  were up 9.3% year-on-year at $760.6m. Net profit for the year leapt to $362.5m once interest expenses, taxes and significant items – including Sun Bets – were factored in. Australia’s Tabcorp has reported revenue of AUD$5.5bn (£3.08bn/€3.32bn/$3.71bn) for its financial year ended 30 June, 2019, strong growth in lottery revenue offsetting a decline in revenue from its Wagering & Media division over the year. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Race Track and Racino Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Lottery offsets wagering weakness for Tabcorp in FY results Topics: Casino & games Finance Lottery Sports betting Bingo Horse racinglast_img read more

Belle Mare Holding Ltd ( HY2013 Interim Report

first_imgBelle Mare Holding Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about Belle Mare Holding Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Belle Mare Holding Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Belle Mare Holding Ltd (  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileBelle Mare Holding Limited is a Mauritian investment company that engages in the commercial and property sectors. The company invests in ventures such as hotels and leisure, banks and insurance firms, as well as agriculture and exports. Belle Mare Holding Limited is headquartered in Port Louis, Mauritius. Belle Mare Holding Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Anglican Church of Canada seeks ‘reconciliation animator’

first_img Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Hopkinsville, KY Tags Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Anglican Communion Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Events The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Submit an Event Listing Rector Albany, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET [Anglican Journal] The Anglican Church of Canada is looking for a “reconciliation animator” to help continue its work on reconciliation and justice with Indigenous peoples, and to support the work of the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice.At the Nov. 17 meeting of Council of General Synod, the commission’s co-chairs, the Rev. Andrew Wesley and Archbishop (ret.) Terence Finlay, asked that the council make funds available to hire a full-time staff person to support the commission’s work.Full article. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Tampa, FL Rector Belleville, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Anglican Church of Canada seeks ‘reconciliation animator’ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Press Release Service By André Forget Posted Nov 21, 2016 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Job Listing Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Press Releaselast_img read more

South African union center holds 13th Congress

first_imgAddressing the opening session of the 13th Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), President of the Republic of South Africa and the African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa made the following appeal: It is important that the three-year progressive alliance that has governed South Africa for the past 24 years stays united to compete in next year’s general elections. The Congress took place from Sept. 17 to 20 in Johannesburg.Cyril RamaphosaTo emphasize the importance of the Congress, Ramaphosa attended its inauguration at the head of a delegation of more than 20 leaders of the ANC, among them Vice President David Mabusa, National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe, Treasurer Paul Mashatile, Secretary-General Ace Magashule and Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte.The president, according to Prensa Latina, warned his own movement, the ANC and its allies in COSATU and the South African Communist Party that should these organizations participate separately in the 2019 elections it could divide the country. “At the moment, we should focus our efforts on the elections,” he said.COSATU, which was founded during the struggle against apartheid, has more than 2 million members, who belong to 33 unions. This meeting was held under the motto: “Deepen the back to basics campaign, consolidate the struggle for the National Democratic Revolution and advance the struggle for socialism.” At the end of the meeting, Zingiswa Losi was elected president, becoming the first woman to lead the powerful trade union center.In the final declaration, COSATU called on the government to implement a radical program of action to meet the legitimate demands of workers and win the support of communities to these efforts. The program is based on four points: abolition of “apartheid in wage structures” so that workers can earn incomes that enable them to live; social and economic transformations that ensure the sharing of the country’s wealth among the people; strengthening of trade unions, “unless workers should want to die of hunger”; and advance the second phase of the national democratic revolution.The document points out that the Congress took place at a time of global economic difficulties and major national challenges that aggravated South Africa’s three biggest challenges: poverty, unemployment and inequality. It insists that the workers are fed up with unfulfilled promises and demand both changes in their socioeconomic conditions and the construction of a state that plays a decisive role in strategic sectors. It calls for the abolition of wage structures that promote inequality, the establishment of strong collective institutions for bargaining in all sectors and full social protection for the unemployed.South African workers, the COSATU Congress stressed, call for the creation of decent living conditions in both rural and urban areas and for taking urgent steps to confront the crisis of the public health system and to solve the education crisis, in particular the dysfunctional character of most schools in poor areas. The workers also call for efficient and affordable transportation, as well as housing near workplaces to end apartheid-based development that keeps African and mixed-race populations separated in neighborhoods located outside cities.This article was first published in Avante, the weekly newspaper of the Portuguese Communist Party, on Sept. 27. Its author was formerly a member of the Secretariat of the PAIGC, the party leading the struggle for the liberation of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde. Translation by WW Managing Editor John Catalinotto.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Update: Chancellor responds to white supremacy posters found outside of Tandy Hall

first_imgTwitter William Konig Facebook Twitter Facebook Review: ‘Ready Player One’ is a ton of fun William Konig William Konig Welcome TCU Class of 2025 A TCU professor is calling on the faculty to take a stand against white nationalists after finding posters making reference “Blood and Soil”  Sunday taped to a pillar outside of Tandy Hall.A professor of management in Neeley School of Business, who asked not to be quoted, sent an email to his colleagues notifying them about the posters and urging them to talk to students.Similar posters insisting white people “take back America” were found last semester outside of the Mary Couts Burnett Library and the Bass Building. The posters were from the same Blood and Soil organization.“This offers us as a collective body of faculty the chance to state clearly that such groups are unacceptable,” the professor wrote. “There is no way [Nazis or white nationalists fit] into the acceptable mode in society. These are not ‘good people.’”The posters were removed by the university.The professor wrote it doesn’t matter whether it was a student, non-student or even a joke. He said this is an opportunity to show where the university stands on white supremacy.In response to the issue, Holly Ellman, the associate director of strategic communications management, said that the poster was not hung in accordance with the university’s policy, and the message is not consistent with TCU’s core values.“If every faculty in every major takes one minute over the next few classes to show the poster and state such groups are unacceptable it can impact students,” the professor wrote. “While our impact on students is often overstated in terms of ethics and values by those outside the profession, we have a chance as a group to send a clear message where we stand.”Some students on campus also said this rhetoric doesn’t have a place on campus.“I don’t think there is a lot to say other than we go to an institution of higher education, and it’s about learning to be respectful of others,” said Tate Smith, a junior entrepreneurial management and geography double degree. “Telling people they don’t belong because of something they don’t control is unacceptable.”Kelsey Beavers, a junior environmental science major, said she believes in free speech, but that speech is no longer acceptable when it excludes a group of people or makes a group feel marginalized. William Konig Review: ‘Love, Simon’ is actually a cute romantic comedy ReddItcenter_img TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt + posts Linkedin Previous articleFort Worth responds to increasing trash build-upNext articleMelt ice cream shop embraces Halloween with magical flavors William Konig RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin printUpdate 10/31: Chancellor Victor Boschini sent a campus-wide email Tuesday morning writing that the message of the posters “directly contradicts” the core values of TCU.“While removal of the flier is easy, its posting serves as a reminder that we aren’t beyond the reach of those who attempt to incite tension and promote prejudice,” Boschini wrote. “I want to reiterate that we do not tolerate this type of propaganda on our campus.”Boschini added that while TCU respects free and academic speech, the effects of hate speech “undermine our ability to protect and cultivate the culture we desire.”He ended the email with, “we are ALL members of the Horned Frog family.” World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Review: predictions on who will win the Oscar vs. who should Review: ‘Black Panther’ delivered even with high expectations William Konig read more

Motherhood Can’t Be Equated With Loss Of Employment; Maternity Leave Not A Reason To Deny Tenure Extension To Contract Staff : Delhi HC

first_imgNews UpdatesMotherhood Can’t Be Equated With Loss Of Employment; Maternity Leave Not A Reason To Deny Tenure Extension To Contract Staff : Delhi HC Karan Tripathi7 May 2020 9:45 PMShare This – xDenial of extension of tenure to contract staff on grounds of pregnancy amounts to penalizing a woman for electing to become a mother, said the HC.In a notable judgment, the Delhi High Court has quashed the decision of a private college to refuse renewal of service contract of an ad-hoc Professor who had opted to take maternity leave.In the case Manisha Priyadarsini vs Aurobindo College-Evening and others, the Court observed that maternity leave cannot be a legitimate ground for denying extension of tenure to the petitioner. “The…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn a notable judgment, the Delhi High Court has quashed the decision of a private college to refuse renewal of service contract of an ad-hoc Professor who had opted to take maternity leave.In the case Manisha Priyadarsini vs Aurobindo College-Evening and others, the Court observed that maternity leave cannot be a legitimate ground for denying extension of tenure to the petitioner. “The only reason that stares in the face is the fact that knowing that she was an ad-hoc teacher, the appellant/petitioner had applied for maternity leave. Without commenting on the rule position regarding her entitlement to maternity leave, which is the subject matter of a pending writ petition, we decline to accept that as a legitimate ground for denying extension of tenure to the appellant/petitioner”, observed the Court.The Court added that such denial would amount to penalizing a woman for electing to become a mother :”Such a justification offered by the respondents for declining to grant an extension to the appellant/petitioner as she had highlighted her need for leave due to her pregnancy and confinement would tantamount to penalizing a woman for electing to become a mother while still employed and thus pushing her into a choiceless situation as motherhood would be equated with loss of employment. This is violative of the basic principle of equality in the eyes of law. It would also tantamount to depriving her of the protection assured under Article 21 of the Constitution of India of her right to employment and protection of her reproductive rights as a woman. Such a consequence is therefore absolutely unacceptable and goes against the very grain of the equality principles enshrined in Articles 14 and 16″.  While directing the College to reinstate the Appellant Professor within one week, the Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Asha Menon imposed a cost of ₹50,000 on the Respondents for giving arbitrary and unmerited reasons for not renewing the term of the Appellant. Facts The Appellant was a contractual Assistant Professor at the Respondent College, and her term was coming to an end on 18/03/19. It has been a practice to renew the term of contractual teachers for 120 days after giving them a nominal break of one day between the two terms. On 22.02.2019, she had requested the Respondent College for grant of maternity leave alongwith all other eligible benefits under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 and had specifically sought leave from 14.01.2019 till 24.05.2019, particularly, in view of the complications of pregnancy. However, she received no reply from the Respondent College despite making multiple representations. After reiterating he request for maternity leave, she received a communication from the Respondent College on 27/03/19, stating that the college had not “forced” her to join duty and that she should also inform the college of the date when she “intended” to join, thus, indicating that she was still on their rolls. However, later she received a communication from the College stating that the Delhi University doesn’t extend maternity benefits to contractual teachers, thus, rejecting her request for maternity leave. On 24/05/19 she reported to College to continue with her duties. However, five days later it was informed to her that her tenure had ended on 18.03.2019, she was no longer on the rolls of the college and therefore, there was no question of her joining back on duty or being assigned any work. Arguments Advanced by Appellant Senior Advocate Darpan Wadhwa, who appeared for the Appellant, submitted that the Appellant was the seniormost ad-hoc Assistant Professor working in the English Department of the Respondent College and that after her service was terminated illegally and unlawfully, those who were junior to her, were given extensions throughout the same academic year, right from May, 2019 till date. He further submitted that if there was a need for fewer ad-hoc teachers, then the last come had to go first and not the seniormost teacher particularly when she had disclosed her availability. It was also argued by Mr Wadhwa that it was only because the Appellant had insisted on maternity benefits that, out of sheer vengeance, her ad-hoc appointment was not extended and therefore, the termination letter was liable to be quashed. Arguments Advanced by the Respondents Appearing for the Delhi University, Mr Mohinder JS Rupal submitted that submitted that no ad-hoc teacher was entitled to maternity leave as the Rules did not provide for the same and the Appellant could not seek any such benefit or claim extension of her tenure on the plea that when her tenure had ended on 18.03.2019. He also submitted that there is no vested right in ad-hoc teachers to claim extension of tenure. Senior Advocate Sudhir Nandrajog, who appeared for the Respondent College, argued that the Appellant had not disclosed that she was ever willing or readily available for teaching in the following semesters and therefore, it cannot be stated that the Respondents had violated any law while appointing other teachers on an ad-hoc basis who were available to attend to the semester classes, even if they were junior to the Appellant. Mr Nandrajog further submitted that it was well within the Respondent’s right to terminate the appointment of the Appellant as her appointment letter itself contained such a clause. Court’s Observations While calling the arguments advanced by the Respondents as ‘unmerited’, the court observed that when the Appellant had expressed her availability for engagement on 24.05.2019 and when on the following day, the others were actually appointed as ad-hoc employees, there was no good reason for the Respondent College to have refused to engage her either on 26.05.2019 alongwith the others, or at the very least from 20.07.2019, when the others were reappointed. While highlighting that the validity of a termination order is subject to judicial review, the court noted that the Appellant had a right to be considered and could not be subjected to the whimsical and arbitrary decisions of the respondents when fundamentally, there was a need for the appointment of ad-hoc Assistant Professors and her performance has remained blemishless throughout. In light of these observations, the court quashed the termination letter dated 29/05/19 and directed the Respondent College to send the appointment letter to the Appellant within one week. The court has also imposed costs of Rs 50,000 on the college.Click here to download judgmentRead Judgment Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Research and analysis: Health care and adult social care in England: 2017 to 2018

first_img adult social care hospitals, community health services and ambulance services mental health care primary medical services equality in health and social care the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards safe effective caring responsive well led It covers:center_img If you need an accessible version of the report please contact the Care Quality Commission at [email protected] report focuses on the quality of health and adult social care services, based on 5 questions on whether the service is:last_img

Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce Extensive North American Tour Dates With Trombone Shorty

first_imgTouring on the heels of their recently-released album The Getaway, veteran rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced an extensive winter 2017 tour in support. The band has been performing the world over, but will return home to North America for a long schedule of performances across the country.The band kicks things off with three nights in Texas from January 5th through the 8th, before making their way to New Orleans and more. They’ll hit Madison Square Garden along the way, with stops in the Midwest, East and West Coasts all on tap. Additionally, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will be on as support for the entirety of the tour, with Jack Irons also supporting for the first half of the shows.The full 24-date tour schedule can be seen below, and ticketing information is available here.Red Hot Chili Peppers Winter 2017 TourJanuary 5 | San Antonio, TX | AT&T Center ^January 7 | Houston, TX | Toyota Center ^January 8 | Dallas, TX | American Airlines Arena ^January 10 | New Orleans, LA | Smoothie King Center ^January 12 | Memphis, TN | FedExForum ^January 14 | Tulsa, OK | BOK Center ^January 15 | Wichita, KS | Intrust Bank Arena ^January 18 | St. Louis, MO | Scottrade Center ^January 20 | Lincoln, NE | Pinnacle Bank Arena ^January 21 | Minneapolis, MN | Target Center ^February 2 | Detroit, MI | Joe Louis Arena *February 4 | Toronto, ON | Air Canada Centre *February 7 | Boston, MA | TD Garden *February 10 | Buffalo, NY | Key Bank Center *February 12 | Philadelphia, PA | Wells Fargo Arena *February 15 | New York, NY | Madison Square Garden *March 2 | Denver, CO | Pepsi Center *March 4 | Glendale, AZ | Gila River Arena *March 5 | San Diego, CA | Valley View Casino Center *March 7 | Los Angeles, CA | Staples Center *March 12 | Oakland, CA | Oracle Arena *March 15 | Portland, OR | Moda Center at Rose Quarter *March 17 | Seattle, WA | KeyArena *March 18 | Vancouver, BC | Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena *^ Support = Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Jack Irons* Support = Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenuelast_img read more

Inaugural Grandoozy Festival In Denver Announces 2018 Lineup

first_imgSince the festival’s official announcement earlier in the month, fans in Colorado and beyond have been eagerly awaiting the lineup for Grandoozy—the latest major festival presented by Superfly, the masterminds behind nationally renowned music festivals like Bonnaroo and Outside Lands. Like many Superfly events, Grandoozy, which will take place at Denver, Colorado’s Overland Golf Course from September 14th through 16th, will feature a three-day music lineup in addition to culinary attractions, art, beer, and outdoor experiences, though the event will specifically not include camping. The festival anticipates that it will draw 30,000 to 40,000 people daily, with the event capped at 80,000 people.Today, Grandoozy has announced its inaugural 2018 lineup with headliners Kendrick Lamar, Florence & The Machine, and Stevie Wonder on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively. While the lineup is clearly in its first stage, the festival has also tapped The Chainsmokers, Logic, Sturgill Simpson, Miguel, Phoenix, Young The Giant, St. Vincent, The War On Drugs, De La Soul, Mavis Staples, Big K.R.I.T., Bishop Briggs, and others. The lineup also boasts performances by Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Tennis, Jade Bird, Andy Frasco & The U.N., and more. You can check out the full lineup below and get more information about the inaugural Grandoozy at the festival’s website here.last_img read more

Rural Vermont surveying raw milk producers for 2012 Raw Milk Report

first_imgRural Vermont is requesting all raw milk producers across the state participate in a survey on raw milk sales in Vermont. The Vermont Legislature has requested that Rural Vermont present data to the House and Agricultural Committees representing the viability of raw milk sales in the state. Farmers who sell raw milk will be asked questions ranging from gross annual sales to issues encountered with the current law. The motivation behind this comprehensive survey is to gather valuable information to convince policy makers that raw milk is a growing and important part of Vermont’s agricultural economy.Since 2005, Rural Vermont has been advocating with farmers and consumers to expand the legal allowances of raw milk sales. In July of 2009, the Un-pasteurized (Raw) Milk Bill, Act 62, took effect and created a two-tiered system for raw milk dairies. This regulatory system requires basic production standards to be met by all farmers. Farmers selling up to 40 gallons per day or delivering directly to consumers have to meet additional standards.Although Rural Vermont views Act 62 as a positive step forward, many farmers want to see additional changes to the current law.‘When Act 62 was enacted in 2009, it allowed me to double my raw milk sales,’ says Lindsay Harris of the Family Cow Farmstand in Hinesburg. She further states ‘the law established in statute our right to sell raw milk. Even though there are still ways we can improve the law, it’s important for us [farmers] to keep communicating our visions to policy makers.’ Robb Kidd, Rural Vermont Organizer, states that ‘in order for the legislature to understand necessary improvements to the law, it is important for all raw milk producers to provide Rural Vermont current statistical data to demonstrate the economic viability of raw milk and the potentials for growth.’ If you are a raw milk producer please contact Rural Vermont at (802) 223-7222 to obtain a survey.Rural Vermont is a nonprofit advocacy group founded by farmers in 1985 that advocates, activates, and educates for living soils, thriving farms, and healthy communities.last_img read more