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Animal Management and Milk Quality

Approach to Animal Welfare

Information regarding animal health and welfare regulations and the Australian dairy industry's approach to tail docking, calving induction, euthanasia of livestock, safe stock handling and transporting cattle.

Mastitis and Milk Quality

A summary of the key programs Dairy Australia invests in to help dairy farmer…


A summary of the benefits of having a fertile herd, the importance of record keeping and utilising a network of advisors to identify areas for improvement and links to InCalf resources.

Dairy Australia also supports investment in genetics and herd improvement through DataGene. For more information, visit the DataGene website.

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DataGene is an independent, industry-owned organisation developing modern tools and resources to drive genetic gain and herd improvement.
Animal Health
Animal Health

Dairy Moving Forward

Dairy Moving Forward is the dairy branch of the national primary industries RD&E framework, put in place to shape recommendations for investment in research, development and extension for Dairy Australia. There are three committees which relate to animal management and milk quality:

  • Animal Husbandry, which includes animal health and welfare
  • Fertility
  • Mastitis and milk quality

Membership of these committees is skills based, and includes topic-specific researchers, Dairy Australia animal health and welfare experts, DairyNZ experts, RSPCA, dairy farmers, milk processors and a member of the peak body Australian Dairy Farmers.

Animal Health
Extreme Weather
Fertility and AI
Food Safety
Milk production
Animal Welfare
Business Management
Animal Welfare

Animal Management and Milk Quality research

Research is commissioned when a clear gap in knowledge is identified. When possible, Dairy Australia seeks to collaborate with other organisations to maximise dairy levy investment.

Animal Management and Milk Quality development

Research, both pre-existing and commissioned by Dairy Australia, is translated from scientific language and format into information which is relevant and easy to understand through development. Depending on the information gap and the improvement or efficiency being sought, Dairy Australia may seek the involvement of dairy producers to ensure it is fit for purpose. This also includes the review and redevelopment of existing extension resources to bring up to date with current scientific thinking.

Animal Management and Milk Quality extension

Dairy extension  is delivered in all major dairy regions through Dairy Australia's regional teams. These extension activities and resources are outlined on the relevant pages in this section.

More information

For more information on Dairy Australia's animal management and milk quality programs, please visit our Contacts Directory.

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