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Subtropical Dairy is the industry development body for Australia's northern dairying region. Learn more about our vision, mission and the way we work.

About us

Since 1996, Subtropical Dairy has worked to guide the strategy and implementation of dairy research, dairy education and promotion programs in our region. Subtropical Dairy is one of eight regional development groups across Australia.

The subtropical dairy region extends from Kempsey in New South Wales to the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland. Our region has a variety of environmental, climatic and production conditions that create unique challenges to dairy farming, farmers and their animals. Learn more about our regional farming systems, milk production and manufacturing.

map of the Subtropical Dairy Region 

Our vision for the region is:

The subtropical dairy industry is a profitable, sustainable and market focused industry practicing responsible resource management and offering a fulfilling lifestyle to adaptable professional people.

Our work advances the subtropical dairy industry by delivering on our mission:

The Subtropical Dairy Program fosters a collaborative and unified approach to farm viability, by facilitating research and extension, improving technology and empowering people in the industry.

This work is effected through regionally specific:

  • Natural Resource Management
  • Human Resources
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Business Management
  • Feed systems Management
  • Communication

Subtropical Dairy is funded by Dairy Australia and the dairy service levy. Subtropical Dairy reports directly to Dairy Australia but also formally to industry through its partnership with the Queensland Dairyfarmers Organisation (QDO). Subtropical Dairy has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Queensland Dairyfarmers Organisation, to ensure that communication and alignment between policy and research is optimised.

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