NSW has the second largest dairy industry in Australia, behind Victoria. The industry in NSW is highly reliant on drinking milk and the remainder used in manufacturing. This contrasts with Victoria, where the industry expands to manufacturing more quantities of powder, butter and cheese.
As with much of the agriculture industry in NSW, the dairy industry has learnt to adapt to the ever changing and varied climate. The varieties of feedbase systems that have been adopted to accommodate this have both advantages and disadvantages.
The changing climate can actually protect the quality and quantity of milk supply during extreme weather events, such as flooding events. Because the extreme weather is often focused in one particular region, other unaffected regions can offset that loss.
NSW dairy industry is also very adaptable to technological advancements in the bid to improve productivity. For example robotic milking machines have been implemented on a dairy in northern NSW allowing the cows to self-milk up to 3 times a day 24 hrs as day without the need for the farmer to be present.
NSW dairy farmers need to be aware of and account for a range of external risks such as volatile milk price, labour supply, climate and input costs in order to remain viable and productive.
Farm incomes are under pressure from milk pricing competition and increasing input costs.
How Local Land Services can help
Local Land Services (LLS) will work in partnership with farmers and farming groups to provide support, advice and best practise examples to increase productivity and profitability. LLS will offer services from both the LLS livestock officer and the LLS district veterinarian.
We work closely with organisations such as the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to provide up to date technical advice and support. We work together with DPI to implement strategic plans such as the NSW Animal Biosecurity and Welfare Strategic Plan2013-2015. This plan will safeguard the economy, environment and community from diseases and pests that affect animals as well as improve animal welfare outcomes.
Training and courses
LLS experts are pivotal in the delivery of education programs such as the PROfarm range of short courses.
Advice and assistance
Our LLS livestock officers and district veterinarians are here to help you. Call 1300 795 299 to get assistance from your Local Land Services region.