This area is one of Australia’s most productive dairy regions. Farms are smaller, but carry more cows and produce more milk than the national average. This high level of productivity is due to climate, reliable irrigation and proximity to fodder and grain growing regions. In 2013/14 the Murray region produced around 2.3 billion litres of milk, accounting for approximately 25% of national milk output.
What is Murray Dairy?
Murray Dairy is a Regional Development Program (RDP) set up by Dairy Australia in the 1990s. Its board is accountable to an industry steering group made up of local farmers and stakeholders. A CEO oversees day-to-day operations.
"Murray Dairy is a conduit between Dairy Australia and farmers. They ensure information is relevant to the region, and they ensure on-the-ground issues are fed back to Dairy Australia."
- Tom Acocks, dairy farmer
Who pays for it?
Dairy Australia’s investment in all RDPs is determined by the region’s milk production. Murray Dairy works to leverage additional funds from government and non-government organisations such as Natural Resource Management (NRM) bodies.
This table lists some of Murray Dairy's major projects. For more inforormation or to view the full list, visit the project page on the Murray Dairy website.
|Modelling Irrigated Dairy Farming Systems
||This project analyses the potential impact of climate variability on farm performance, as well as risk and energy impacts of changes to irrigation technologies, once-a-day milking, robotic milking and automated recording.
||Practical productivity advice for local farmers
|Sub-Surface Drip Irrigation in Pasture Production
||This project is investigating the potential benefits of subsurface drip (SSD).The experiment is occurring on two dairy farms to see how SSD performs on a medium soil at Byrneside and a light soil at Bunbartha.
||Developing options for production in a drying climate.
|Managing Heat Stress in Dairy Cattle
||Heat stress is a key issue for the region. The project aims to quantify the physical and economic impacts of heat stress likely under climate change probabilities. By developing a Cost Benefit Analysis Tool, farmers and advisers can make better decisions on managing heat stress in their herds.
||Minimise the impact of heat stress on-farm.