Introduction

Australia exports about 50 per cent of its dairy products and therefore the farm gate milk price is strongly linked to the world export market.

In such an environment, dairy enterprises in Australia need to be able to have a high level of cost control, achieve high productivity and have the appropriate risk management strategies in place to ensure long-term profitability.

Farming Options

The Murray Dairy region is uniquely placed in all three of these areas.

Dairy operations can compete effectively for the resources required enabling cost effective milk production that drives good returns on the investment made.

The access to secure and reliable irrigation systems, relatively low land prices and the proximity to large grain and fodder growing areas provide sound dairy investment opportunities.

The climate also allows for a large diversity of fodder and different farming systems to be employed that provides the region with a significant competitive advantage.