Dairy in Gippsland
Dairying is spread across Gippsland, with the Baw Baw, Wellington and South Gippsland shires being home to more than 75% of the region's dairy farms.
Dairying is important to the region’s wealth. It is easily the biggest agricultural contributor to the local economy with over $915 million paid to farmers for their milk. The economic multiplier meant that this translated to dairy being worth $2.1 billion in 2011/12.
(see Chart 1).
Dairy Data 2011/12:
In 2011/12, the Gippsland dairy industry:
- produced 2,129 million litres or 22% of the national milk production;
- grew 70% of the energy needed for milk production from ryegrass pastures;
- had 30% of farms on irrigation systems, 23% of farms in low rainfall areaas and 47% of farms in high rainfall areas;
- supplied milk to > 16 factories including: Alba Cheese, Bega Co-operative, Burra Foods, Floridia Cheese, Fonterra Australia, Jindi Cheese, Longwarry Food Park, Maffra Cheese, Murray Goulburn Co-operative, National Foods, Organic Dairy Farmers, Pantalica Cheese, Pauls Victoria, Tarago River Cheese and United Dairy Power as well as a range of smaller niche market dairy food producers.
Each year, Dairy Australia surveys over 1,000 dairy farms including 190 in Gippsland. For more information, visit the Dairy Australia website and search for National dairy farmer survey report.
Chart 1: Location of dairy farms
Chart 2: Herd Sizes in Gippsland
||Number of Farms
|Small (150 or less)
30% of farms produced 63% of the milk.
Further facts were collected by Dairy Australia during its annual ‘Situation and Outlook survey’ and are available from www.dairyaustralia.com.au