Supply chain investment

The dairy value chain is highly interdependent.

- For farmers to make profits, they need processors to buy their milk, process it and sell it

- For processors to make profits, they need access to sustainable milk supplies

- Farmers and processors need strong domestic and international markets, industry capability, innovation and community acceptance of their processes.


As such, a key role for Dairy Australia is facilitating profitable partnerships and linkages across the supply chain, and fostering collaboration across the industry.

Pre-farmgate investment

A significant proportion of levy investment funds (around 45%) go directly toward improving farm profitability. Pre farm-gate investments are in the key areas of:

  • Feed-base development
  • Animal performance
  • Sustainable resource management
  • Farm business management
  • Vocational education and training
  • Regional Development Programs

Post-farmgate investment

A sustainable dairy industry needs product innovation, safe production processes, growing markets and recognition of the nutritional value of dairy. Post farm-gate investments are in the key areas of:

  • Manufacturing aligned R&D
  • Bioscience technologies
  • Health and nutrition policy and regulation
  • International market development
  • Trade policy reform
  • Secure market access
  • Sustainable dairy production systems
  • Dairy Marketing