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We are making a substantial investment in animal welfare in keeping with vision of the National Dairy Industry Animal Welfare Strategy is that every dairy animal is well cared for.

Welfare overview

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 Cow Welfare


Evaluation and review

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.

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Dairy welfare - we care. Animal husbandry survey 2016 (PDF, 6KB)

Data was collected through 600 telephone interviews with a random sample of dairy farmers. Issues covered by the 2016 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.


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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