The information below highlights some key features of the Australian dairy industry and gives an insight into how dairy contributes to Australia’s economic well being.

The Australian Dairy Industry at a Glance – FY19

National Dairy Herd
  • 1.44 million cows
Number of Dairy Farms
  • 5,213 farms
Average Herd Size
  • 276 cows
Milk Production
  • 8,795 million litres
Average Annual Milk Production Per Cow
  • 6,189 litres
Dairy – Australia’s 4th Largest Rural Industry
  • $4.4 billion in farmgate production
Milk Utilisation
  • Cheese – 38%
  • Skim milk powder/butter – 21%
  • Drinking milk – 28%
  • Whole milk powder – 4%
  • Other – 9%
Production Of Main Commodities
  • Cheese – 381,111 tonnes
  • Milk Powders – 224,107 tonnes
  • Butter (CBE) – 73,322 tonnes
Dairy – Major Export Industry
  • $3.4 billion
Percentage Of Australian Milk Production Exported
  • 35 per cent
Major Markets For Australian Dairy Products (Tonnes)
  • Japan – 98,816
  • Greater China – 244,828
  • Singapore – 70,119
  • Malaysia – 61,184
  • Indonesia – 56,647
Per Capita Consumption
  • Drinking milk – 98.6 lts
  • Cheese – 13.5 kgs
Dairy Industry Workforce
  • Direct employment of 46,200

Info via Dairy Australia