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Dairy Australia’s investment in Subtropical Dairy is determined by the region’s milk production. Subtropical Dairy works to leverage additional funds from Natural Resource Management bodies, state government, and other interested investors.

Subtropical

Australia's sub tropical dairy region extends from Kempsey in NSW to the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland. This region has a variety of environmental, climatic and production conditions which pose some unique challenges to dairy farming.

  • In 2016/17 the Subtropical region produced around 562 million litres of milk
  • This represents approximately 6% of national milk output.

What is Subtropical Dairy?

Subtropical Dairy is a Regional Development Program (RDP) Dairy Australia established in the 1990s. Subtropical Dairy drives innovation in research and extension by using regional knowledge and skills, and works collaboratively to identify and implement local industry projects.

“I have been involved in dairy farming for the last 16 years. Over this time I have attended numerous events conducted by both Subtropical Dairy and Dairy Australia which have positively contributed to the long term sustainability and profitability of our family enterprise.”
- Paul Roderick, dairyfarmer, Harrisville.

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Who pays for it?

Dairy Australia’s investment in Subtropical Dairy is determined by the region’s milk production. Subtropical Dairy works to leverage additional funds from Natural Resource Management bodies, state government, and other interested investors.

Key projects:

For more information or to view the full list, visit the Subtropical Dairy website.  

Development and delivery of a computer training project

Benefit:

Up-skilling farmers  

Provision of Dairyinfo.biz, the northern dairy industry web information hub

Benefit:

Readily accessible information for industry 

Establishment of six young dairyfarmer networks across the Subtropical Dairy region

Benefit:

Building capacity and sustainability of industry workforce 

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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