Australian dairy Murray Goulburn is to cut around 72 jobs across six of it processing facilities.

The co-operative said the move is part of an ongoing commitment by the group to “improve efficiency, productivity and cost competitiveness”. 

The reduction in roles is made up of 38 positions at Cobram; 15 at Leongatha; eight at Kiewa; four at Edith Creek; four at Rochester; and three at Koroit. The changes will take effect in late September to early October, the company said.

“While these decisions are challenging, they are necessary to ensure MG remains competitive,” said Murray Goulburn’s general manager of operations, Keith Mentiplay. “It is in the best interests of our supplier/shareholders, employees, communities, customers and consumers that MG remains a strong business, able to compete globally and deliver higher farmgate prices.

“We recognise that these changes are very difficult for those impacted and we are doing everything we can to support affected staff at this time.”

The company said staff affected have been advised that where possible, the co-operative has “sought to minimise the impact on its people by looking first to natural attrition, contract and casual positions and then voluntary redundancies”.