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Australian farmers, processors, regulators, gourmet makers and dairy workers strive to provide high-quality dairy products for Australians – and the world.

World-class, nutritious and delicious foods and beverages are made possible by the pristine Australian landscape. Clean air, fresh water, good quality feed and well-cared for cows are critical to the high-quality and safety of our products. That’s why the industry is united around our world-leading sustainability framework. We’re committed to continuing to make your favourite dairy products for many generations to come.

Across our industry, we’re embracing innovation for sustainable development to help us uphold our strict standards of safety, manage labour challenges and much, much more.

Farmers embrace social media to combat labour shortages

The COVID-19 pandemic found many farmers facing labour issues. Michelle Lawrence, of Janefield Dairy, was one of them. With traditional recruitment methods falling short, Michelle turned to social media to attract a different workforce – backpackers. Her message? One of opportunity.

Watch Michelle explain how a new approach turned around staffing challenges.

Did you know? In 2021, 90 per cent of dairy farmers reported that new farming ideas were very important to them.

Smart energy tech reduces emissions, costs for irrigators

Wilandra Farms, certified organic producers of milk, silage and hay, has partnered with Alternate Energy Innovations from Morwell, Victoria, to implement major changes to their power usage. Most recently, the team at Wilandra has invested in an Energy Management System (EMS) to reduce the use of conventional power for its irrigation and dairy processes.

Read more about Wilandra’s approach to sustainability.

Did you know? Dairy Australia is part of a network of industry partners that invest in dairy research and innovation.

Thrive together: Australian dairy, international quality

Australian dairy is enjoyed on every continent and in nearly 100 countries. With one-third of Australian milk destined for international markets, dairy-lovers around the world consume our quality dairy foods. Our commitment to providing quality food goes hand in hand with providing best care for our animals, protecting the environment, supporting dairy workers and communities.

Watch to find out more about Australian dairy making its way around the world.

Did you know? Australians consume 94.4 litres of milk per capita every year.

Fonterra: behind the farmgate to improve sustainability

Fonterra has set ambitious sustainability goals. Now, it is working with farmers to produce farm environment plans – customised pathways to reaching environmental priorities with continual improvements.

Watch how Fonterra is partnering with farmers to improve sustainability.
Did you know? A$4.7 billion was paid to dairy farmers in 2021 for their raw milk.

Industry roundtable addresses input costs, shifting trade markets

While strong farmgate milk prices are encouraging, they aren’t the whole story, as the dairy sector contends with input costs, labour challenges and a fluctuating market. That’s the key out-take from a digital roundtable, with experts Janine Waller (ADPF), Brad White (Gippsland dairy farmer), Mark Billing (United Dairyfarmers of Victoria) and David Nation (Dairy Australia), hosted by The Weekly Times.

Watch the recording for insights from policy, processor, research and on-farm sides of the sector.

Did you know? Australian dairy produced 8.8 billion litres of milk in 2020/21 – 32 per cent of which was exported.

Bega acts on National Packaging Targets

As part of a sustainability roadmap to meet 50 per cent recycled content in all packaging by 2025, Bega undertook a feasibility study to test whether recycled content could be increased in their two and three-litre milk cartons. Cartons already included up to 20 per cent recycled resin, but it was unknown whether that could be increased safely. The study demonstrated a blend of new and recycled resin had comparable performance to virgin materials.

Read more about the study.

Did you know? The Australian Dairy Sustainable Packaging Roadmap is a practical framework to ensuring all Australian dairy packaging is recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025.

Also, in sustainability news:

World’s first methane-reduced ‘seaweed’ beef on sale in Europe Fast Company
Australia’s own methane-reducing seaweed goes to market ABC News
Antimicrobial threads could replace plastic wrap and cut food waste Anthropocene
Australian beef on-track for 2030 carbon neutrality Australian Beef Sustainability Framework Burps, beams and batteries on low carbon milk path Westpac
IDF releases Dairy Sustainability Outlook, 5th edition International Dairy Foundation
Genomic testing boosts dairy breeding program, increases profit The Weekly Times

Coming up:
The UN Global Compact Network Australia presents Embracing Biodiversity: The next challenge for businesses on Thursday August 11. Register now.
Sustainable Agriculture Initiative is hosting its first in-person event in three years – October 4-6, Cambridge UK. Limited registrations available.
Australian Dairy Conference heads to Tasmania for the first time – February 15-17, 2023. Registrations open.

For global dairy sustainability news, see the latest eNews from the Global Dairy Platform. Also, the latest newsletter from the global Dairy Sustainability Framework.
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