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 2019-20 Victoria

    (15 October 2020)
    PDF,3.81 MB
  • DFMP Overview 2019-20 Gippsland Infographic

    (15 October 2020)
    PDF,949.82 KB
  • DFMP Overview 2019-20 Northern Victoria Infographic

    (15 October 2020)
    PDF,784.97 KB
  • DFMP Overview 2019-20 South West Victoria Infographic

    (15 October 2020)
    PDF,929.09 KB
  • DFMP Overview 2019-20 Victoria Infographic

    (15 October 2020)
    PDF,2.15 MB

Previous Reports

  • 2018-19 Victoria - DFMP - Annual Report

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,5.93 MB
  • 2018-19 Gippsland - DFMP

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,655.57 KB
  • 2018-19 Northern Victoria - DFMP

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,644.86 KB
  • 2018-19 South West Victoria - DFMP

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,682.03 KB
  • 2018-19 Victoria - DFMP

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,556.38 KB
  • 2018-19 Tasmania - DFMP - Annual Report

    (07 October 2020)
    PDF,3.73 MB
  • DFMP Feature Article 2007 08

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF,103.71 KB
  • DFMP Feature Article 2008 09

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF,122.32 KB
  • DFMP Feature Article 2009 10

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF,2.93 MB
  • DFMP Feature Article 2010 11

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF,447.33 KB
  • DFMP Feature Article 2011 12

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF,1.39 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2007 08

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,786.31 KB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2008 09

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,1.29 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2009 10

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,1.62 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2010 11

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2.51 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2011 12

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,1.88 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2012 13

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2.34 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2013 14

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2.99 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2014 15

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2.43 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2015 16

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,3.25 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2016 17

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,9.71 MB
  • Victoria DFMP Annual Report 2017 18

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,6.49 MB

NSW Dairy Farm Monitor Project

In 2018–19, data collected from 32 farms across New South Wales revealed that farm business profit decreased to the lowest level in the eight–year life of the project. Although milk prices increased by 6%, feed costs increased by 15% on average, due mainly to the impact of the widespread drought in NSW.

Current Reports

  • NSW DFMP Annual Report 2018 19

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2.76 MB
  • NSW DFMP Infographic 2018 19

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,960.68 KB

Previous Reports

  • NSW DFMP Annual Report 2011 12

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,14.23 MB
  • NSW DFMP Annual Report 2012 13

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,3.75 MB
  • NSW DFMP Annual Report 2013 14

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,1.87 MB
  • NSW DFMP Annual Report 2014 15

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,4.99 MB
  • NSW DFMP Annual Report 2015 16

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2.61 MB
  • NSW DFMP Annual Report 2016 17

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2.4 MB
  • NSW DFMP Annual Report 2017 18

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2.47 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

  • South Australia DFMP Annual Report 2018 19

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,1.44 MB

Previous Reports

  • South Australia DFMP Annual Report 2012 13

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,925.97 KB
  • South Australia DFMP Annual Report 2013 14

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,1.38 MB
  • South Australia DFMP Annual Report 2014 15

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2.52 MB
  • South Australia DFMP Annual Report 2015 16

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,4.53 MB
  • South Australia DFMP Annual Report 2016 17

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,1.24 MB
  • South Australia DFMP Annual Report 2017 18

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2.68 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

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,4.71 MB

Previous Reports

  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2008

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,1.99 MB
  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2009

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2.78 MB
  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2010

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2.61 MB
  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2011

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2.64 MB
  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2012

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,3.26 MB
  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2013

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,3.77 MB
  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2014

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,3.08 MB
  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2016

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,4.9 MB
  • QLD Dairy Accounting Scheme Report 2017

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,6.19 MB

Tasmanian Dairy Farm Monitor Project

In 2017–18, 32 Tasmanian dairy farms participated in the Dairy Farm Monitor Project. There was a strong improvement in profitability in 2017–18 compared to the previous two years. All participants had a positive return on total assets.

Current Report

  • Tasmania DFMP Annual Report 2017 18

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2.6 MB

Previous Reports

  • Tasmania DFMP Annual Report 2013 14

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,1.54 MB
  • Tasmania DFMP Annual Report 2014 15

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,1.55 MB
  • Tasmania DFMP Annual Report 2015 16

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2.12 MB
  • Tasmania DFMP Annual Report 2016 17

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2.97 MB

WA Dairy Farm Monitor Project

In 2017–18, the data from 24 farms in WA revealed that on average, participants achieved positive return on total assets averaging 4.3%, down from the previous year’s 6.7%.

Current Report

  • WA DFMP Annual Report 2017 18

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2.04 MB

Previous Reports

  • WA DFMP Annual Report 2016 17

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,1.52 MB
  • WA DFMP Annual Report 2015 16

    (21 July 2020)
    PDF,2 MB

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