Dairy farming is a multimillion-dollar industry in the South West, and supplies 90% of WA’s milk supply. There are many opportunities for achieving production, profitability and environmental outcomes in this high intensity industry.
There is a strong link between dairy farm profitability and the management of natural resources. Dairy farms need a high amount of inputs to create a quality product ready for market. Potential issues include nutrient run-off, erosion, damage to waterway banks and vegetation, and weed invasion.
There is also a huge potential to implement sustainability measures, such as composting, water conservation and fertiliser management. Many dairy farmers are leading the way in protecting and utilising ecosystem services on their farms.
We host the Western Dairy Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Hub, which is funded through Dairy Australia and the Department of Agriculture and Food WA. This partnership allows cutting edge dairy research and NRM principles to value-add, for more effective and efficient sustainable agriculture outcomes. Under the partnership, dairy research is industry-led and driven by the needs of dairy farmers.