Victorian dairy planning on 25% milk boost by 2020

Posted by James Ferre on 29th May 2009

Victoria’s south-west dairy industry has outlined its goal to achieve milk production of 3 billion litres by 2020.

The goal is highlighted in Down the Track – Dairy 2020, a 10-year strategic plan for the state’s fastest growing dairy region that was released yesterday in Warrnambool.

“Victoria’s 1700 south-west dairy farming enterprises along with an additional 100 in south-east South Australia, produce a total of about 2.4 billion litres of milk annually,” Regional and Rural Development Minister, Jacinta Allan, reported. “This production accounts for about 23 per cent of Australia’s annual milk production.

“Increasing milk production to 3 billion litres by 2020 will create more jobs and investment opportunities and significantly increase the value of the industry to the local economy,” she added. “I commend the south-west dairy industry on planning for the future and producing Down the Track – Dairy 2020 to guide and grow the industry.”

“With more than 1000 key stakeholders consulted during its preparation, the plan should become a model for other dairy regions around Australia.”

Ms Allan said Down the Track – Dairy 2020 would provide for increased levels of investment in farm and processing infrastructure and growth in milk supply, value-added products and exports.

“The plan will also provide better levels of understanding and cooperation among industry participants in the dairy value chain,” she said.

“This will result in greater innovation, more successful human resource attraction and management, and faster uptake of sustainable practices on farms and in the processing sector.

To view the plan visit www.westvicdairy.com.au.