Our Industry

Our regions

Australia’s 6400 dairy farms are spread across eight unique dairying regions throughout Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia.

While the bulk of milk production takes place in Australia’s south-east, each state has a dairy industry that supplies fresh drinking milk to nearby cities and towns, along with a range of high-quality products including fresh milks, custards, yogurts and cheeses.

With 43,000 people directly employed in dairy farming, the industry is a vital contributor to regional Australia, providing jobs, supporting local communities and producing some of the best, most nutritious and wholesome milk and dairy products in the world.


 

Western Australia

 

Key facts:

  • 160 dairy farms
  • 65,000 dairy cows
  • Average herd size: 406 cows
  • Milk production 0.337 billion litres
  • 4% of national milk production

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South Australia

 

Key facts:

  • 268 dairy farms
  • 72,000 dairy cows
  • Average herd size: 269 cows
  • Milk production 0.536 billion litres
  • 6% of national milk production

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Murray region, northern Victoria and southern NSW

 

Key facts:

  • 1515 dairy farms
  • 383,000 dairy cows
  • Average herd size: 253 cows
  • Milk production 2.252 billion litres
  • 25% of national milk production

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Western Victoria

 

Key facts:

  • 1370 dairy farms
  • 350,000 dairy cows
  • Average herd size: 255 cows
  • Milk production 2.122 billion litres
  • 23% of national milk production

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Gippsland region, Victoria

Key facts:

  • 1480 dairy farms
  • 422,000 dairy cows
  • Average herd size: 285 cows
  • Milk production: 1.892 billion litres
  • 21% of national milk production

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Subtropical region, Queensland and northern NSW

Key facts:

  • 680 dairy farms
  • 115,000 dairy cows
  • Average herd size: 169 cows
  • Milk production 0.579 billion litres
  • 6% of national milk production

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New South Wales

 

Key facts:

  • 490 dairy farms
  • 150,000 dairy cows
  • Average herd size: 306 cows
  • Milk production 0.722 billion litres
  • 8% of national milk production

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Tasmania

 

Key facts:

  • 437 dairy farms
  • 149,000 dairy cows
  • Average herd size: 341 cows
  • Milk production 0.760 billion litres
  • 8% of national milk production

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