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Resources to manage climate risk including extreme events and climate change.

Extreme weather

From fires to floods - dairy farmers need to be prepared for extreme weather conditions. Dairy Australia works with a range of partners and emergency services to coordinate support during extreme weather.

It is a good idea for dairy farmers to think about hazards, risks and areas of vulnerability on their property at least once a year. Use of a checklist can usefully be linked to a review of general contingency and emergency planning for the business. Recognising hazards, then taking steps to reduce or prevent them should create a safer environment for everyone on the farm.

Dairy Australia has developed a Dairy farm emergency preparedness checklist, which includes suggestions to help farmers prepare for and reduce the potential for injury and property damage. The checklists are not meant to be all-inclusive, but may be a useful starting point or guide.

Dairy Australia has also developed a Recovery Priority List to help you organise tasks immediately after a natural disaster has hit.


Preparing for floods

Floods can be unpredictable and destructive. Be ready with a contingency plan like this.

Recovering from floods

It’s easy to become overwhelmed after a flood event. The headings and the attached table may help you put things in priority order.

Dairy farm emergency preparedness checklist

Use this checklist to help minimise risks and prevent emergency situations.


Dairy Australia’s Julie Iommi talks about the importance of preparation and some simple steps you can take to protect your family, workers, animals and farm. 

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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