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Ensuring the wellbeing of all animals on dairy farms is a key priority for the Australian dairy industry.

Key priorities

Dairy Industry policy for the care of dairy animals

Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) animal welfare policies set the minimum expected standard for the care of all dairy animals. These policies are developed by their Animal Health and Welfare Policy Advisory Group. This group, made up of representatives from each State Dairy Farmer Organisation, also helps prioritises focus areas for practice change and makes recommendations on policy to the peak body, Australian Dairy Farmers National Council. 
A full list of these policies can be found on the Australian Dairy Farmer’s website.

Data on the care of dairy animals

In order to monitor the uptake of animal welfare initiatives, Dairy Australia regularly commissions independent surveys of farmers. These surveys provide a measure of the adoption of on-farm practices that improve animal welfare. The last survey was conducted in 2019.

Animal care on Australian dairy farms; - Animal Husbandry Survey 2019 (PDF, 1.4MB)

Topics covered in the survey include:

  • Awareness of industry standards
  • Herd nutrition programs and monitoring
  • Cow management and welfare, including tail docking, calving induction, lameness, down cows, and heat stress mitigation
  • Calf management including colostrum feeding, disbudding, transport, and euthanasia
  • Disease risk management and testing of introduced stock.

Previous surveys


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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