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WestVic Dairy delivers dairy extension activities and programs to farmers and industry stakeholders in this region.

Western Victoria

There are roughly 1500 dairy farmers in Western Victoria, and the industry employs a further 6,000 people via the processing sector.

  • In 2016/17 Western Victoria produced around 2.050 billion litres of milk
  • This represents approximately 23% of national milk output.

What is WestVic Dairy?

WestVic Dairy is a Regional Development Program (RDP) set up by Dairy Australia in the 1990s. Local farmers and service providers make up the board, and an executive officer manages day-to-day operations.

"WestVic is a valuable investment of farmer levy. It provides regionally specific R&D, and information delivered is relevant and timely."
    - Lachie Sutherland, dairy farmer, Larpent

Contact WestVic Dairy

214 Manifold Street
Camperdown, Victoria 3260
PO Box 174
Camperdown, Victoria 3260
T : +61 3 5557 1000

Visit WestVic Dairy online.

Who pays for it?

Dairy Australia’s annual investment in all RDPs is determined by each region’s milk production. WestVic Dairy works to leverage additional funds from Natural Resource Management (NRM) bodies, State Government and other interested investors in order to ensure farmer priorities are met, faster.

Key projects:

WestVic Dairy works to help farmers increase productivity in 5 key areas:

  • Making better feed decisions
  • Improving employment on-farm
  • Developing people in the industry
  • Building farmers business capability
  • Increasing resources to help R, D & E in the region

For more information or to view the full list, visit WestVic Dairy projects.

Down the Track Dairy 2020


This project developed a strategic direction for the region. The project team provided five issue-specific discussion papers, and organised regional workshops and a final summit.


A clear and highly targeted set of priorities for the region. Funds from non dairy sources to help improve our industry.  

Dairy Awards


First launched in 2006, this project recognises high achievers in the local dairy region. It’s now an annual event with a gala night showcasing the region’s top performers.


Rewards to the region’s high achievers. Demonstrate the benefits of striving for performance. Enhanced industry reputation.

Career coordinator & Cows Create Careers


An 18 month project that aims to attract more workers to dairy through new and better coordination in the region. It also coordinates Dairy Australia’s Cows Create Careers


More highly skilled, committed people in the industry.



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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