Dairy Farm Monitor Project



The Dairy Farm Monitor Project (DFMP) provides a comprehensive physical and financial analysis of 250 dairy farms across Australia. It informs decision making and prioritisation by key stakeholders across the industry including Dairy Australia itself, government bodies and other stakeholders in the industry.

The data collected through the DFMP provides high quality comparative data in DairyBase. All dairy farmers can access this data through DairyBase to measure and compare their own farm business performance and identify areas for improvement.

DFMP participants are selected to represent a distribution of farm size, herd size and geographical location within each region. The results and trends reported need to be interpreted carefully as participant farms may not be fully representative of the industry.

Why the Dairy Farm Monitor Project was created

Farmers are making multiple operational and tactical decisions on a daily, weekly and seasonal basis. Some of these decisions can have lasting impact on the profitability and sustainability of their farm.

Dairy Australia provides independent data around a wide range of on-farm practices for farmers to consider when making decisions. This information ensures that the dairy service industry (a broad range of on-farm consultants) can use reliable, independent and useful information and resources to provide the right advice to farmers.

Victorian Dairy Farm Monitor Project

In 2018–19, data collected and analysed from 75 farms across Victoria revealed it was a challenging year for the state's dairy industry with mixed performance across the regions. Profit was constrained by continued dry seasonal conditions and high input costs, particularly in irrigation water, grain and fodder. These costs were only partially offset by a 6% increase in milk price.

Current Reports

  • DFMP Annual Report 2020-21 Victoria

    PDF7.67 MB
  • DFMP 2020-21 Northern Victoria Infographic

    PDF795.83 KB
  • DFMP 2020-21 Gippsland Infographic

    PDF915.04 KB
  • DFMP 2020-21 South West Victoria Infographic

    PDF899.45 KB
  • DFMP 2020-21 Victoria Infographic

    PDF1.67 MB

Previous Reports

  • DFMP Annual Report 2019-20 Victoria

    PDF5.43 MB
  • 2018-19 Victoria - DFMP - Annual Report

    PDF5.93 MB
  • 2018-19 Gippsland - DFMP

    PDF655.57 KB
  • 2018-19 Northern Victoria - DFMP

    PDF644.86 KB
  • 2018-19 South West Victoria - DFMP

    PDF682.03 KB
  • 2018-19 Victoria - DFMP

    PDF556.38 KB
  • 2018-19 Tasmania - DFMP - Annual Report

    PDF3.73 MB
  • DFMP Feature Article 2007 08

    PDF103.71 KB
  • DFMP Feature Article 2008 09

    PDF122.32 KB
  • DFMP Feature Article 2009 10

    PDF2.93 MB
  • DFMP Feature Article 2010 11

    PDF447.33 KB
  • DFMP Feature Article 2011 12

    PDF1.39 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2007 08

    PDF786.31 KB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2008 09

    PDF1.29 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2009 10

    PDF1.62 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2010 11

    PDF2.51 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2011 12

    PDF1.88 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2012 13

    PDF2.34 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2013 14

    PDF2.99 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2014 15

    PDF2.43 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2015 16

    PDF3.25 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2016 17

    PDF9.71 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2017 18

    PDF6.49 MB

NSW Dairy Farm Monitor Project

In 2019/20 data collected and analysed from 35 farms across New South Wales revealed that farm business profit increased from $0.38/kgMS to $1.05/kgMS, equal to the third highest level in the nine years of the project.

Current Report

  • Dairy Farm Monitor Project NSW Annual Report 2019/20

    PDF2.25 MB

Previous Reports

  • NSW DFMP Annual Report 2011 12

    PDF14.23 MB
  • NSW DFMP Annual Report 2012 13

    PDF3.75 MB
  • NSW DFMP Annual Report 2013 14

    PDF1.87 MB
  • NSW DFMP Annual Report 2014 15

    PDF4.99 MB
  • NSW DFMP Annual Report 2015 16

    PDF2.61 MB
  • NSW DFMP Annual Report 2016 17

    PDF2.4 MB
  • NSW DFMP Annual Report 2017 18

    PDF2.47 MB
  • NSW DFMP Annual Report 2018 19

    PDF2.76 MB

SA Dairy Farm Monitor Project

In 2018–19, the data collected from 20 participating dairy farms in South Australia demonstrated that despite tough seasonal conditions and significantly increased feed costs, positive returns were still achieved.

Current Report

  • Dairy Farm Monitor Project SA Annual Report 2019/20

    PDF3.07 MB

Previous Reports

  • South Australia DFMP Annual Report 2012 13

    PDF925.97 KB
  • South Australia DFMP Annual Report 2013 14

    PDF1.38 MB
  • South Australia DFMP Annual Report 2014 15

    PDF2.52 MB
  • South Australia DFMP Annual Report 2015 16

    PDF4.53 MB
  • South Australia DFMP Annual Report 2016 17

    PDF1.24 MB
  • South Australia DFMP Annual Report 2017 18

    PDF2.68 MB
  • South Australia DFMP Annual Report 2018 19

    PDF1.44 MB

Queensland Dairy Accounting Scheme

In 2018–19, the data from 60 participating dairy farms from south Queensland, central Queensland and the north Queensland dairy regions reveal another challenging year.

Current Report

  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2018

    PDF4.71 MB

Previous Reports

  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2008

    PDF1.99 MB
  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2009

    PDF2.78 MB
  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2010

    PDF2.61 MB
  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2011

    PDF2.64 MB
  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2012

    PDF3.26 MB
  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2013

    PDF3.77 MB
  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2014

    PDF3.08 MB
  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2016

    PDF4.9 MB
  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2017

    PDF6.19 MB

Tasmanian Dairy Farm Monitor Project

Current Report

  • 2018-19 Tasmania - DFMP - Annual Report

    PDF3.73 MB

Previous Reports

  • Tasmania DFMP Annual Report 2017 18

    PDF2.6 MB
  • Tasmania DFMP Annual Report 2013 14

    PDF1.54 MB
  • Tasmania DFMP Annual Report 2014 15

    PDF1.55 MB
  • Tasmania DFMP Annual Report 2015 16

    PDF2.12 MB
  • Tasmania DFMP Annual Report 2016 17

    PDF2.97 MB

WA Dairy Farm Monitor Project

Current Report

  • WA DFMP Annual Report 2019/20

    PDF4.06 MB

Previous Reports

  • WA DFMP Annual Report 2018-19

    PDF1.97 MB
  • WA DFMP Annual Report 2017 18

    PDF2.04 MB
  • WA DFMP Annual Report 2016 17

    PDF1.52 MB
  • WA DFMP Annual Report 2015 16

    PDF2 MB

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