Dairy

The Queensland dairy industry produces over 411 million litres of milk annually and is valued at over $220 million to the state’s economy. The dairy industry continues to be a mainstay of many regional Queensland communities.

Dairy The Facts

Australian dairy is a $13 billion farm, manufacturing and export industry. With a farmgate value alone of $4 billion, the Australian dairy industry enriches regional Australian communities.

Over 6,000 Australian dairy farmers produce around 9.7 billion litres of milk a year. The Australian dairy industry directly employs nearly 40,000 Australians on farms and in factories, while more than 100,000 Australians are indirectly employed in related service industries.

Dairy is also one of Australia’s leading rural industries in terms of adding value through downstream processing. Much of this processing occurs close to farming areas, thereby generating economic activity in country regions.

Queensland milks 150,000 cows on approximately 430 farms located throughout southeast Queensland, Darling Downs, Wide Bay, Central Queensland around Monto, Rockhampton, and Eungella, and in Far North Queensland near the Atherton Tableland.

Within the northern dairy region there are seven major processing plants and more than 50 minor processing factories.

All dairy production in Queensland goes directly into providing the fresh white milk. The Queensland industry produces almost all fresh white milk consumed within the state.

Representative group for Queensland dairy farmers

Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation is the peak advocacy organisation representing the interests of dairy farmers across Queensland.

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