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Funding of projects and services (pre- and post-farmgate) that contribute towards improvements to farm profitability.

Strategic Priority 01: Profitable dairy farms

  • Funding of projects and services (pre- and postfarmgate) that contribute towards improvements to farm profitability.
  • Most expenditure and effort is focused on profitability improvement-oriented research, and subsequent extension program development. 
  • Post-farmgate programs are focused on improving the farmgate price through supply chain cost reductions or stronger demand from international markets.

Strategic programs - objective and scope

On farm

Animal health and fertility
Enhanced animal reproductive performance, improve profitability through enhanced milk quality, and promote best practices in on-farm animal husbandry.

Genetics and herd improvement
Provide farmers with the ability to utilise genetic gain to improve the productivity and profitability of their herd.

Feedbase and animal nutrition
Improve farm profitability and resilience via optimised feeding systems and more efficient feedbase management.

Farm business management (FBM)
Build farm business management capability for farmers and advisors through education and the use of business support tools, such as DairyBase.

Farm systems and modelling
Support integration and effective use of new technologies on-farm.

Land, water, carbon
Build industry capability to manage land, water and energy resources to minimise environmental impact whilst enhancing profit, and improve industry capacity to mitigate climate risk.


International market support
To secure a more favourable export market trading environment through trade policy reforms and buyer preference for Australian dairy products.

Manufacturing innovation and sustainability
Support innovation in the supply chain that reduces costs and protects longer term sustainability.

More information

Profitable dairy farms - pre-farmgate programs (PDF, 1MB)

Profitable dairy farms - post-farmgate programs (PDF, 1.23MB)

June 2017 Strategic plan summary (PDF, 1.14MB)

Major Initiatives

Focus Farms

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


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

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