Research and development

Dairy Australia conducts R&D throughout the dairy supply chain, identifying the opportunities that give farmers and the industry the best return-on-investment. We work with the government and other industry partners to generate cost efficiencies and leverage knowledge.

Our R&D programs can mostly be sorted into two categories:

Pre farmgate research

A significant proportion of levy investment funds (around 45%) go into research aimed at improving farm profitability. Examples of pre farm-gate research include:

Feed-base development
Animal performance
Resource management

Post farmgate research

The dairy industry is not just about farming. Farmers need buyers, processors, and markets in Australia and abroad.

A sustainable dairy industry requires product innovation, safe production processes, growing markets and recognition of the nutritional value of dairy products. Dairy Australia co-ordinates much of the industry’s investment in pre-competitive manufacturing research. Examples of post-farmgate research includes:

Manufacturing demand and margin improvement 
New products

To view all Dairy Australia projects, view our current projects.