Investment and the Australian dairy industry

The dairy industry continues to be one of Australia’s most important agricultural industries, generating $13 billion across the whole supply chain. Australian dairy employs approximately 39,000 people directly - on dairy farms and in manufacturing.

The dairy farm investment guide

In 2014 Dairy Australia launched a comprehensive guide for farmers and investors interested in emerging opportunities in the growing sector. Investment and the Australian dairy industry is available free for download, updated with figures from 2015:

Investment and the Australian dairy industry - A guide for farmers and investors

About the guide:

This guide covers Australia’s dairy producing regions, production systems, case study investment models and the industry’s financial performance.

As the industry-owned national services body, we have developed this resource as a platform to help inform further work and analysis in this area. 

The purpose of this guide:

  • Allow farmers and potential investors to understand the broad range of topics and challenges.
  • Help our dairy farmers with information about a range of investment models.

 

Highlights of the Dairy Farm Investment Forum, 2014

 

Australian dairy investment

Globally, Australian dairy currently:

  • Ranks fourth in total dairy trade volumes and holds a 7 per cent share.
  • Exports are valued at around $2.7 billion each year.
  • Exports over 40% of national milk production.

Australia’s key export markets are:

  • Japan,
  • China,
  • South East Asia, and 
  • Middle East

 

Why invest in dairy:

Capital investment in the dairy sector can increase efficiency and productive capacity and contribute to incomes, infrastructure and employment.

The future of dairy depends on building a sustainable industry vision through investment across the dairy supply chain,
particularly on-farm.

Advantages of the Australian dairy industry in a global context:

  • Focused on sustainability to ensure we will profitably grow our supply of dairy product to export markets.

  • Boasts the most flexible farming systems to adapt to the variable climate – our farmers operate on pasture-based systems with supplementary feeding providing a more consistent supply of high quality milk. 

  • Australia’s dairy food safety record is second to none.

  • Renowned for developing innovative processes and product options for manufacturers as well as new technology and systems for farmers.

Investment and the Australian dairy industry guide now available

Investment and the Australian dairy industry cover - a guide for investors and farmers

Download your copy of the Dairy Farm Investment and the Australian dairy industry: A guide for farmers and investors here. (PDF 4.8MB)