Planning your dairy career and business is essential. Read about how to get started, progress and options to exit the dairy industry.
The Australian dairy industry offers real opportunities for people who want to build a career rather than just have a job - dairy provides a career for life.
Stepping Stones provides information on the different types of careers on a dairy farm and explores the different pathways available for people who are either looking to start a career on a dairy farm, or for experienced people who want to progress their dairy career further.
Read dairy farmer profiles from around Australia, advice on dairy careers, progression and great career tips from farmers. Use the Planning You Dairy Career section to assess where you are, set your short and long term goals and work out your next steps to achieve them.
Dairy offers a lifelong career with a real sense of value, purpose, flexibility, stimulating work and work / life balance.
Many employees aim and succeed in buying a dairy farm or land, growing their business to employee people and being highly successful business owners. As in most industries, many dairy farm owners and managers are ageing and considering their options to scale down their involvement or "step back" from the day to day of the business.
This opens up a range of opportunities for both groups to consider including share farming, leasing, selling, scaling back or expanding operations and business partnership models.
Knowing where to begin and understanding what the options are can seem overwhelming. A good place to start is reading more about share farming and leasing as options if you are looking to 'step up" from an employee and "step back" as a farm owner. You can also contact your Regional Development Program for more information (see below).
Read more about planning for the future (inc. share farming and leasing information)
Dairy Australia provides workshops and resources which assist with identifying and understanding the options available through our local Regional Development Programs (RDPs) and the Young Dairy Network Australia (YDNA). These include: