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Planning your dairy career and business is essential. Read about how to get started, progress and options to exit the dairy industry.

Stepping Stones -“ Career planning

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.

Read Stepping Stones -“ career planning

Stepping Up and Stepping Back - transition and succession planning

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 aging and considering their options to scale down their involvement or "œstep 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, leasing, and shared equity arrangements as options if you are looking to 'step up" from an employee and "œstep back" as a farm owner.

Read more about planning for the future (inc. share farming and leasing information)

You can also contact your Regional Development Program for more information and workshop details (see below).

Local programs and support

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:

  • Stepping Up – know your options is for those considering share farming, leasing, or weighing up their next career move and what to do next (run locally by Young Dairy Network).
  • Stepping Back – getting a game plan is designed for farm owners considering reducing their level of active farm involvement to navigate their options.
  • Tacking Steps explores how the options of share dairy farming, leasing or shared equity arrangements can work.

Major Initiatives

Focus Farms

Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making. Find out how Focus Farms looks at the factors impacting decisions at any point in time, including seasonal and market conditions.


DataGene is an independent and industry-owned organisation responsible for driving genetic gain and herd improvement in the Australian dairy industry and is an initiative of Dairy Australia and industry.

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