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Yield

The genetic evaluation of dairy cattle is conducted by DataGene.

Improved herd genetics, as well as advances in pasture management and supplementary feeding regimes, have seen average annual yield per cow increase. Over the past four decades yields have more than doubled from 2,900 litres in 1980 to 6,169 litres in 2018–19. The average yield figure varies by state and with seasonal conditions.

Average annual milk production per cow

YEAR

NSW

VIC

QLD

SA

WA

TAS

AUST

1979/80

2,870

3,012

1,984

3,163

3,105

2,958

2,848

1989/90

3,602

3,920

3,122

3,934

4,205

3,791

3,781

1999/00

4,827

4,989

4,349

6,790

6,338

4,381

4,996

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000/01

4,687

4,977

3,943

6,369

5,903

4,177

4,859

2001/02

5,030

5,391

4,067

5,933

5,402

4,646

5,215

2002/03

4,996

4,885

4,230

6,556

5,348

4,304

4,913

2003/04

5,093

4,944

4,162

6,021

5,285

4,219

4,925

2004/05

4,925

5,101

3,735

5,862

5,418

4,497

4,983

 

 

 

 

 

 

2005/06

5,039

5,221

4,076

5,791

5,369

4,581

5,108

2006/07

5,151

5,261

4,033

6,417

5,235

4,696

5,182

2007/08

5,031

5,393

4,163

5,799

5,907

4,961

5,275

2008/09

5,420

5,807

5,032

6,053

6,355

5,140

5,691

2009/10

5,329

5,518

5,052

5,907

6,641

4,640

5,448

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010/11

5,409

5,860

4,980

6,257

6,637

5,379

5,758

2011/12

5,760

6,027

5,008

6,646

5,967

5,636

5,930

2012/13

5,534

5,473

4,667

7,099

5,996

5,166

5,498

2013/14

5,542

5,639

4,640

6,896

5,443

5,578

5,615

2014/15

6,572

5,795

4,388

7,411

5,752

6,400

5,917

2015/16 

6,721

5,621

4,644

7,634

6,669

5,981

5,841

2016/17

6,431 5,749  4,823  6,520  6,342  5,511  5,812 

2017/18

6,948 6,058 4,670 7,196 6,199 5,805 6,108
2018/19  6,617  5,562 4,363 7,414 6,674  6,107 6,169

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