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We are making a substantial investment in animal welfare in keeping with vision of the National Dairy Industry Animal Welfare Strategy is that every dairy animal is well cared for.

Welfare overview

Dairy Australia is making a substantial investment into animal welfare on behalf of Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) and the Australian dairy industry.

In 2005 the Australian dairy industry developed a National Dairy Industry Animal Welfare Strategy to support the Federal government's vision under the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy that "the welfare of all animals in Australia is promoted and protected by the adoption of sound animal welfare standards and practices." The industry strategy has been reviewed and updated in 2009 and 2012.

The vision of the National Dairy Industry Animal Welfare Strategy is that every dairy animal is well cared for.

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Caring for our cows booklet

Practical examples for the strategy are included in this 'Caring for our cows' booklet. To deliver safe, quality dairy products, dairy farmers must keep their animals in peak condition. Good husbandry practices are integral to the day-to-day care of our cows. To ensure the welfare of the herd, cows should be checked daily.Everyday practices on the farm, such as checking cows daily, help to ensure good animal welfare. This booklet demonstrates the industry'€™s commitment to ensuring every dairy animal is well cared for.

Evaluation and review

In order to monitor the uptake of animal welfare initiatives in the dairy industry Dairy Australia regularly commissions independent surveys of farmers. These surveys provide a measure of the adoption of on-farm practices that improve animal welfare.

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Dairy welfare - we care. Animal husbandry survey 2016 (PDF, 6KB)77

Data was collected through 600 telephone interviews with a random sample of dairy farmers. Issues covered by the 2016 survey include:

  • Awareness of industry sstandards
  • Herd nutrition programs and monitoring
  • Cow management and welfare, including tail docking, calving induction, lameness, down cows, and heat stress mitigation
  • Calf management including colustrum feeding, disbudding, transport, and euthanasia
  • Disease risk management and testing of introduced stock.

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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