- Casey Treloar, 26, shared an emotional video detailing sadness at losing farm
- Vegan Joey Carbstrong posted video in response telling her to ‘get another job’
- Mr Carbstrong said animals were suffering more than workers on dairy farms
- He said dairy farmers should move into plant-based alternatives to their product
A vegan activist has told a heartbroken dairy farmer crying about her family having to give up their farm that she should ‘get another job’.
Casey Treloar, 26, shared an emotional video revealing her sadness at her family having to give up the farm they had owned for 40 years in Flerieu Peninsula, South Australia on Sunday.
In response, vegan Joey Carbstrong, 32, posted a video to YouTube telling Ms Treloar and her family to deal with what he claimed was a decreasing demand for dairy products, saying the industry was an ‘injustice’.
Casey Treloar (pictured), 26, shared an emotional video revealing her sadness at her family having to give up the farm they had owned for 40 years
In response, vegan Joey Carbstrong (pictured), 32, posted a video to YouTube telling Ms Treloar and her family to deal with what he said was decreasing demand for dairy products
‘What I found interesting is that she considered herself a cow person. Which is really, really bizarre seeing as all those cows go to the slaughterhouse, the bobby (newborn) calves are all killed, they’re all taken away from their mothers, it’s a horrifically cruel and abusive industry,’ Mr Carbstrong said.
He claimed Ms Treloar was ‘indoctrinated by dairy farming’.
‘I mean it’s been passed down traditionally, she said her father did it, her father’s father probably did it too. Something she considers normal… but what’s happening is demand is changing because we demand you release these animals and stop breeding them into existence to exploit them,’ he said.
‘It’s time to move into plant-based alternatives… Why don’t you just move industries? You’re going to have to move industries eventually because dairy is going to become obselete.
‘This dairy farmer here, she can get another job.’
Mr Carbstrong is originally from Adelaide but now lives in London, where there is a ‘big vegan movement’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
He said he sympathises with Ms Treloar’s plight, but believed it paled in comparison to that of animals on dairy farms.
‘I do think that there are victims who are suffering more than dairy farmers, the cows and calves being taken to the slaughterhouse,’ he said.Video playing bottom right…
Mr Carbstrong is originally from Adelaide but now lives in London, where he told Daily Mail Australia there is a ‘big vegan movement’
‘Dairy is cruel and outdated. I do sympathise with her, but I also look at it from the animal’s perspective.’
Mr Carbstrong said consumers were dictating to dairy producers that they no longer wanted their products, and that farmers would be have to adapt.
He disputed being labelled as a ‘militant’, arguing it better described the actions of dairy farmers.
‘We’re just trying to liberate animals from suffering. I think it’s more militant what dairy farmers are doing,’ he said.
Ms Treloar, who is a third-generation dairy farmer in South Australia, was brought to tears as she said farewell to the industry she has grown up in
She said her family’s product had been devalued by dollar-a-litre milk, which had added to the problems facing the industry
‘We are all about animals. I don’t know whether they really love animals, if you did then you wouldn’t turn them into burgers.’They might have a warped sense of what love is.’
Mr Carbstrong said he wants farmers to come to a ‘middle ground’, where they focus on plant-based alternatives to dairy.
Australia’s $4 billion dairy industry … the third-biggest producer of milk products on the planet
Australia is a small producer of milk but is the world’s third largest dairy exporter as 50% of production is exported.
The dairy industry is Australia’s third largest rural industry, ranking behind wheat and beef, and has a gross value of $4billion.
Australia produces a range of dairy products including milk, milk powder, yoghurt, butter and cheese.
The Australian dairy industry is concentrated in the south-east of Australia, Victoria is the largest production state, however other states have significant dairy industries.
Victorian production is typically seasonal and enters the export market which makes it prone to volatile global prices. Other dairy production areas (i.e. much of NSW) supply the domestic market which requires year-round production.
The dairy industry is heavily reliant upon water availability; the industry is currently facing uncertainty over water policy.
Since deregulation in 2001, the industry has undergone rationalisation. This has left a core of efficient producers that are able to compete against international competitors who are heavily subsidised.
Ms Treloar, who is a third-generation dairy farmer in South Australia, was brought to tears as she said farewell to the industry she has grown up in.
‘The clock has run out and it’s time to say goodbye,’ she said.
‘We are getting 38 cents a litre across the year and it’s completely unsustainable. We can’t really afford to keep going anymore.
‘We’re forever the optimist that the industry will get better – but for our family, we’ve come to a point where we can’t do it anymore.
‘Dairying is something my dad has done his entire life, and I have done my entire life, but it has come to the point where our family has had to say ”that’s it for us”.’
She said her family’s product had been devalued by dollar-a-litre milk, which had added to the problems facing the industry.
Supermarket giants Woolworths and Coles decided in 2010 to sell milk for a dollar a litre, sparking a sharp cut to the viability of farming dairy.
Dairy farmers have hit back ever since, claiming the price drop was devastating the industry.
Australia is the world’s third-largest dairy exporter, with 50 per cent of production sent overseas.
The dairy industry is worth $4billion to the Australian economy. Australia produces a range of dairy products including milk, milk powder, yoghurt, butter and cheese.