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Learn about the range of programs and opportunities we invest in on your behalf across the supply chain and how they align with our three strategic objectives, profitable dairy farms, capable people, and a trusted dairy industry.

Investment and the Australian dairy industry

The dairy industry continues to be one of Australia's most important agricultural industries, generating $13.7 billion across the whole supply chain. Australian dairy employs approximately 38,000 people directly - on dairy farms and in manufacturing.

Continued investment from a range of sources will be vital to ensuring that the Australian dairy industry continues to enhance its contribution to incomes, infrastructure and employment and can capture the opportunities that exist for its participants.

The dairy farm investment guide

Dairy Australia produced the guide for investment and the Australian dairy industry as a starting point for investors considering the dairy sector as part of their investment portfolios. It has also been designed to assist farmers who may be considering different models to bring capital into their businesses.

The guide is available free for download:

Download the Investment and the Australian dairy industry guide (PDF,4.9MB)

About the guide:

The guide features the latest global and domestic market information, detail around pre-farm gate and post-farm gate dairy production as well as information regarding investment structures, investment options, on-farm performance benchmarks and tips around due diligence.

As the industry-owned national services body, Dairy Australia have developed this resource as a platform to help inform those with an interest in this area.


Highlights of the Dairy Farm Investment Forum, 2014

Neil Lane's presentation Pathways to successful farm businesses (PDF, 843KB)

Australian dairy investment

Globally, Australian dairy currently:

  • Ranks fourth in total dairy trade volumes and holds a 7 per cent share.
  • Exports are valued at around $2.7 billion each year.
  • Exports over 40% of national milk production.

Australia's key export markets are:

  • Japan
  • China
  • South East Asia
  • Middle East

Why invest in dairy:

Capital investment in the dairy sector can increase efficiency and productive capacity and contribute to incomes, infrastructure and employment.

The future of dairy depends on building a sustainable industry vision through investment across the dairy supply chain, particularly on-farm.

Advantages of the Australian dairy industry in a global context:

  • Focused on sustainability to ensure we will profitably grow our supply of dairy product to export markets.
  • Boasts the most flexible farming systems to adapt to the variable climate our farmers operate on pasture-based systems with supplementary feeding providing a more consistent supply of high quality milk.
  • Australia's dairy food safety record is second to none.
  • Renowned for developing innovative processes and product options for manufacturers as well as new technology and systems for farmers.


Our Farm, Our Plan

Our Farm, Our Plan is a new program designed to equip farmers to clarify their long term goals, identify the actions needed and to manage uncertainty and risk.

Hay and grain reports

The hay and grain report is commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of hay and grain markets in each dairying region. The report is updated 40 weeks per year.

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