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Primary content

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.

Murray region

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 2016/17 the Murray region produced around 1.932 billion litres of milk,
  • This represents approximately 21% 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

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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.

Current projects

For more inforormation or to view the full list, visit the project page on the Murray Dairy website.

Modelling Irrigated Dairy Farming Systems

Description:

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.

Benefit:

Practical productivity advice for local farmers

Sub-Surface Drip Irrigation in Pasture Production

Description:

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.

Benefit:

Developing options for production in a drying climate.

Managing Heat Stress in Dairy Cattle

Description:

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.

Benefit:

Minimise the impact of heat stress on-farm.

Major Initiatives

Focus Farms

Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making.

DairyBase

DairyBase is a web-based tool that enables dairy farmers to measure and compare their farm business performance over time.

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