The Australian Dairy Industry

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 – FY18

National Dairy Herd
  • 1.56 million cows
Number of Dairy Farms
  • 5,699 farms
Average Herd Size
  • 273 cows
Milk Production
  • 9,289 million litres
Average Annual Milk Production Per Cow
  • 6,070 litres
Dairy – Australia’s 3rd Largest Rural Industry
  • $4.27 billion in farmgate production
Milk Utilisation
  • Cheese 36 per cent
  • Skim milk powder/butter 23 per cent
  • Drinking milk 27 per cent
  • Whole milk powder 6 per cent
  • Other 8 per cent
Production Of Main Commodities (tonnes)
  • Milk Powders 273,425
  • Cheese 377,727
  • Butter (CBE) 92,698
Dairy – Major Export Industry
  • $3.4 billion
Percentage Of Australian Milk Production Exported
  • 36 per cent
Major Markets For Australian Dairy Products (Tonnes)
  • Australia 2,999,200
 (including 2,524,500 of drinking milk)
  • Japan 107,271
  • Greater China 230,364
  • Singapore 77,443
  • Malaysia 60,113
  • Indonesia 56,400
Per Capita Consumption
  • Drinking milk 102.9 lts
  • Cheese 13.6 kgs
Dairy Industry Workforce
  • Direct employment of 42,600

 

Info via Dairy Australia