The Western Australian dairy industry is located in the South West of the state around three main areas: Harvey, Margaret River, and Denmark on the south coast. With approximately 145 dairy farms, the state produces around 337 million litres of milk per annum, contributing four per cent of Australia’s total milk production. The state’s processing sector of the industry is dominated by three key companies along with a number of small businesses including organic operations. The industry plays a key role in the economy of local regions.
The WAFarmers Dairy Council is committed to working in the policy field to ensure our industry is involved in shaping the regulations and laws under which dairy businesses must operate. WAFarmers is a state member of Australian Dairy Farmers Limited (ADF) which is committed to providing strong leadership and nationally coordinated policy and advocacy work so the dairy industry can continue to grow and prosper. We also have representatives within Dairy Australia, the levy-funded industry body for research and development. The Dairy Council shares their vision and works to ensure the dairy industry in Western Australia continues to supply our consumers with a safe, healthy and nutritious product.
The Dairy Council holds an annual conference and industry awards gala dinner which is a key event on the dairy calendar for Western Australia. The conference hosts keynote speakers on a range of issues impacting the industry and also holds a processor discussion panel which is an opportunity for local farmers to speak with representatives of the key processing companies in the state.
On a daily basis, the Dairy Council represents dairy farmers on a wide range of industry issues including:
- Animal health and welfare;
- Water and environment;
- Milk pricing (farm gate and retail);
- Supplier contracts;
- Consumer education; and,
- Industry promotion.
Submissions and resources:
- Response to the ACCC Inquiry into the Australian Dairy Industry Issues Paper – 19 December 2016
- Inquiry into technological and service innovation in WA submission - 30 October 2015
- WAFarmersFirst Milk website
- Discover Dairy website