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Milk

Australian milk production declined by almost 670 million litres, or 6.9% to 9,015 million litres in 2016/17 – reflecting reduced confidence and a generally lower milk prices. The season began with national milk production down 10%, while volumes gradually and unevenly closed the gap on the previous season over the course of 2016/17, with production in June ahead 2.2% on the previous year.

Milk production is concentrated in the temperate zone of Australia, as can be seen in Table 14. Australian milk production remains strongly seasonal in the key south-eastern dairying regions, reflecting the predominantly pasture-based nature of the industry. Milk production peaks in October, tapers off until late-summer, and then flattens out into the cooler winter months (refer to Figure 8). The production of long shelf-life manufactured products in these parts of the country has enabled maximum milk utilisation within the seasonal cycle. However, the seasonality of milk output in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia is much less pronounced, due to a greater focus on drinking milk and fresh products. Farmers in these states manage calving and feed systems to ensure more even, year-round milk production. 

Milk production (million litres) by state


NSW VIC QLD SA WA TAS AUST
1979/80 907 3,151 508 329 222 315 5,432
1989/90 879 3,787 629 356 267 344 6,262
1999/00 1,395 6,870 848 713 412 609 10,847








2005/06 1,197 6,651 597 646 377 622 10,089
2006/07 1,104 6,297 537 655 349 641 9,583
2007/08 1,048 6,102 486 606 319 661 9,223
2008/09 1,064 6,135 513 628 340 709 9,388
2009/10 (r) 1,099 5,813 530 605 359 677

9,084

2010/11
1,087 5,936 487
572 372 726
9,180  
2011/12 1,136 6,246 491 
575 349
792
9,589
2012/13
1,137 6,076 465 542 349
765
9,334 
2013/14
1,118 6,186 
444
522 
340
810
9,421
2014/15
1,170
6,440 
418 
523 364 891
9,806 
2015/16
1,179
6,290 
414 
528 
387
883
9,681
2016/17 (p) 1,121 5,773  418 487  380  835 9,015 

* From July 2005, data collection based on farm location
Source: Dairy Manufacturers

 

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