Progress Snapshot

Australian Dairy Sustainabilty 2018 Progres Snapshot

An overview of the Australian Dairy Sustainability Report 2018

This Progress snapshot gives you key facts and figures on Australian Dairy's progress against our industry's 2020 sustainability targets.

Next year, we will report against revised 2030 targets to reflect global shifts in sustainability and so we can continue to uphold Dairy's Promise to provide nutritious food for a healthier world. Review our 2030 goals and targets.

about - Australian dairy in 2018

Latest figures show that:

  • There are 5,699 dairy farms
  • 140 dairy companies, 8 who process approx 85% of Australian milk
  • 42,600 Australians are employed in dairy
  • Milk sales grew by 1.2% in 2018
  • The value of farmgate production is 4.27 billion dollars
  • The annual value of dairy exports is 3.4 billion dollar
  • Dairy is Australia's 3rd largest rural industry

our progress in 2018

Here is our 2018 progress across each commitment against 2020 targets. For details download the 2018 report.

Commitment areas are:

  1. Enhancing economic viability and livelihoods
  2. Improving wellbeing of people
  3. Providing best care for all our animals
  4. Reducing environmental impact

Commitment 1 - Enhancing Livelihoods

Commitment 1 - Enhancing economic viability and livelihoods

Australian Dairy is a vibrant industry that rewards dairy workers and families, their related communities, business and investors

  • 35% of dairy farmers who participated in the Taking Stock program increased farm profits by an average of $16 000 from July 2016 – June 2018
  • 84% of dairy farmers made capital investments over the past 2 years
  • 57% of dairy farmers underwent training in 2017, that's up from 39% in 2014
  • 85% of consumers agree that the dairy industry provides products to meet a range of needs
  • In response to the UN emerging issue, human rights and modern slavery, the dairy industry is exploring if an industry policy, position or principles is required

Want more detail? See the full results for this commitment.

Commitment 2 - Improving wellbeing

Commitment 2 - Improving wellbeing of people

The Australian dairy industry provides nutritious, safe, quality dairy food

  • Zero non-compliant chemical residues found
  • 8 product recalls; majority due to labelling errors
  • 81% of consumers agree the dairy industry produces safe products
  • 78% of consumers agree dairy foods are essential for good health and wellbeing (up 7%)
  • The 2018 Dairy Trust Tracker showed 83% of respondents believe the dairy industry contributes to a healthy Australia

Want more detail? See the full results for this commitment.

Commitment 3 - Best care for animals

Commitment 3 - Providing best care for all our animals

The Australian dairy industry strives for health, welfare and best care for all our animals throughout their lives

In 2018, our commitment to dairy sustainability was strengthened by using a fourth pillar; striving for health, welfare and best care for all our animals throughout their life. It is our commitment to recognise community standards around how our industry adopts welfare practices that improve conditions and health issues affecting our farm animals.

  • Reduced the national target for % of cows inducted in a herd from 10% in 2018 to 8% in 2019
  • 95% of farmers do not use routine calving induction
  • New industry policy - all calves to be disbudded prior to 8 weeks of age with pain relief
  • In response to the UN emerging issue, antimicrobial resistance, the dairy industry has adopted an Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) policy alongside new targets to ensure we use antibiotics responsibly and as little as possible to protect the health and welfare of our animals

Want more detail? See the full results for this commitment.

Commitment 4 - Reducing environment impact

Commitment 4 - Reducing our environmental impact

The Australian dairy industry meets the challenge of climate change and provides good stewardship of our country's natural resources

  • 81% of dairy farms are managing some land for conservation and biodiversity
  • 38% of dairy farmers have a documented biodiversity plan in place
  • 51% reduction in dairy companies waste to landfill on 2010/11 baseline
  • 5.7% increase in the consumptive water use by dairy companies since 2010/11
  • In response to the UN emerging issue of food waste, our 2030 targets include the halving of food waste

Want more detail? See the full results for this commitment.

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Review Full results for each Commitment

  • COMMITMENT 1

    How we're tracking on community, industry and investment.

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  • COMMITMENT 2

    How we're tracking on providing nutritious, safe, quality dairy food.

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  • COMMITMENT 3

    How we're tracking on the health and welfare of all our animals.

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  • COMMITMENT 4

    How we're tracking on climate change and stewardship of our natural resources.

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