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Yield



Improved herd genetics, as well as advances in pasture management and supplementary feeding regimes, have seen average annual yield per Australian dairy cow increase.

Over the past four decades yields have more than doubled from 2,900 litres in 1980 to 6,170 litres in 2019–20. The average yield figure varies by state and with seasonal conditions.

The genetic evaluation of dairy cattle is conducted by DataGene.

Average annual milk production per cow

YEAR

  NSW

  VIC

  QLD

 SA

  WA

  TAS

  AUST

1979–80

2,870

3,012

1,984

3,163

3,105

2,958

2,848

1989–90

3,602

3,920

3,122

3,934

4,205

3,791

3,781

1999–00

4,827

4,989

4,349

6,790

6,338

4,381

4,996

2000–01

4,687

4,977

3,943

6,369

5,903

4,177

4,859

2001–02

5,030

5,391

4,067

5,933

5,402

4,646

5,215

2002–03

4,996

4,885

4,230

6,556

5,348

4,304

4,913

2003–04

5,093

4,944

4,162

6,021

5,285

4,219

4,925

2004–05

4,295

5,101

3,735

5,862

5,418

4,497

4,983

2005–06

5,039

5,221

4,076

5,791

5,369

4,581

5,108

2006–07

5,151

5,261

4,033

6,417

5,235

4,696

5,182

2007–08

5,031

5,393

4,163

5,799

5,907

4,961

5,275

2008–09

5,420

5,807

5,032

6,053

6,355

5,140

5,691

2009–10

5,329

5,518

5,052

5,907

6,641

4,640

5,448

2010–11

5,409

5,860

4,980

6,257

6,637

5,379

5,758

2011–12

5,760

6,027

5,008

6,646

5,967

5,636

5,930

2012–13

5,534

5,473

4,667

7,099

5,996

5,166

5,498

2013-14 

5,542 

5,639 

 4,640

6,896

5,443

5,578

5,615

2014–15

6,572

5,795

4,388

7,411

5,752

6,400

5,917

2015-16 

6,721

5,621

4,644

7,634

6,669

5,981

5,841

2016–17

6,431

5,749

4,823

6,520

6,342

5,511

5,812

2017–18

6,948

6,058

4,670

7,196

6,199

5,805

6,108

2018–19

6,683

5,620

4,320

6,927

6,674

5,203

5,714

2019-20 (e)

7,067

6,261

4,443

7,033

6,560

5,212

6,170



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