New South Wales

The New South Wales dairy region accounts for around 8% of national milk production. Farmers in NSW generally focus on drinking milk and fresh products, and manage calving/feeding systems to ensure year round production. In 2013/14 NSW produced around 700 million litres of milk, accounting for approximately 7.5% of national milk output.

What is Dairy NSW?

Dairy NSW is a Regional Development Program (RDP) set up by Dairy Australia in 1996. Dairy NSW drives regional-specific R, D & E by using local knowledge and skills. Four dairy farmers and four skilled industry stakeholders make up the Dairy NSW Board. A Regional Manager is responsible for managing day-to-day operations and supervising extension staff in the region.

Dairy NSW takes the information and projects developed by Dairy Australia using the levy, and delivers them on-farm to benefit the NSW dairy industry.
- Simon Bateman, dairy farmer, Numbugga NSW

Who pays for it?

Dairy Australia’s annual investment in Dairy NSW is determined by the region’s milk production. Dairy NSW works to leverage additional funds from state government and other interested investors.

Key projects:

These are some of Dairy NSW's major projects:

Feedbase and animal nutrition:

  • Feeding Pastures for Profit
  • Top Fodder on silage making
  • Feedbase challenge

Animal performance

  •  Herd performance including breed indices and animal husbandry
  • Animal health courses
  • Animal welfare courses

Farm system and business management

  • Focus Farms
  • Dairy Discussion Groups
  • DairyBase
  • Farm Business Management (financial management)

People and capability

  • Breakfast Bites webinar series for employers 
  • Cows Create Careers
  • Young Dairy Network

Land, water, carbon

  • Fertsmart nutrient plans for farmers

For more information, contact Dairy NSW.