New South Wales
New South Wales accounts for about 8% of national milk production, making it the second-largest milk producing state in Australia behind Victoria.
Farmers in NSW generally produce milk for drinking milk and fresh products and manage their calving and feeding systems to ensure year round production.
What is Dairy NSW?
Dairy NSW supports the profitability of farms, the capability of dairy farmers and on-farm staff, and the performance and protection of dairy herds.
Dairy NSW was set up by Dairy Australia in 1996. Dairy NSW drives regional-specific research, development and extension by using local knowledge and skills. Four dairy farmers and four skilled industry stakeholders make up the Dairy NSW Board. A Regional Manager is responsible for managing day-to-day operations and supervising extension staff in the region.
Dairy NSW develops plans and programs that strengthen the NSW dairy industry. Dairy NSW works with farm policy organisations, government agencies, milk processors, other regional teams and dairy services who are committed to ensuring the industry's sustainability and profitability.
There are eight nationally assigned regional teams across the country, funded by Dairy Australia and the dairy service levy, to represent and support dairy farmers in key dairying areas.
Dairy NSW's vision is to be a trusted partner, valued resource, and to engage with NSW dairy farmers.
Dairy NSW works with potential and current investment partners to develop and provide effective programs for farmers. All projects should directly benefit the industry, so their measure of success is when they make real returns on investment.
The Dairy NSW board is skills-based, meaning people who are elected have real-world industry experience, business skills, and a strong network.
Dairy Australia's annual investment in Dairy NSW (and all regional teams) comes from dairy farmer levies and government contributions based on each region's milk production. Dairy NSW also works to receive funds through:
- Natural resource management (NRM) bodies
- State, federal, and local governments, and
- Other interested investors.
Below are some of Dairy NSW's major projects:
Feedbase and animal nutrition
- Feeding Pastures for Profit
- Top Fodder on silage making
- Nutrition Fundamentals
- Herd performance including breed indices and animal husbandry
- Animal health courses
- Animal welfare courses
Farming systems and business management
- Focus Farms
- Dairy Discussion Groups
- Farm Business Management (financial management)
People and capability
- Farm Safety Manual workshops
- Cows Create Careers
- Young Dairy Network
Land, water, carbon
- FertSmart nutrient plans for farmers