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Regional Development Victoria

Victoria's Dairy Industry

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There are more than 4,000 dairy farms in Victoria, spread relatively evenly among  the three production regions located in the north, south-west and Gippsland regions. Generally, dairy processors are close to the farming activity,  with the six largest manufacturers (Murray Goulburn, Fonterra, Lion, Warrnambool Cheese and Butter, Parmalat and Bega Cheese) processing about 90 per cent of Australia’s raw milk supply.

In 2013-14, the Victorian dairy herd totalled around 1.1 million head, or about 66 per cent of the national dairy herd. In 2013-14, Victorian milk production was 6.12 billion litres, accounting for 66 per cent of Australia’s total milk production.

Victoria’s dairy industry is predominantly pasture-based. In addition to reliable pasture, Victoria has access to competitively priced cereal and pulse grains which support increased production.

Victoria provides over 80 per cent of Australia’s total dairy exports by value and is supported by world class dairy research and development. There is a large variety of resources and services available for developing and expanding dairy farms in Victoria through dairy industry websites.

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Last Updated: 29 April 2016