New RD&E model to drive Victorian dairy farm profitability
8 October 2015
Dairy Australia and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) today announced changes to the investment and services delivered to the Victorian dairy industry.
Under the new arrangement, Dairy Australia, through its Regional Development Programs Murray Dairy, GippsDairy and WestVic Dairy, will take responsibility for the delivery of productivity dairy extension services from 1 July, 2016.
DEDJTR will continue to deliver services that support economic growth and jobs in the dairy sector. These will include improving risk management and protecting market access through ongoing focus on biosecurity, animal welfare, climate variability and emergency preparedness and response.
In addition DEDJTR, in consultation with industry, will explore options for new services that support economic growth and jobs in the dairy sector. These services will seek to compliment other government and industry initiatives.
Dairy Australia Managing Director, Ian Halliday, said the changing nature and structure of the industry over the past decade required Dairy Australia and DEDJTR to consider new services that enable government and industry to focus on areas that will deliver the greatest overall benefits for the dairy industry.
"Dairy Australia's extension strategy is to have enough feet on the ground to be well coordinated and connected with farmers in each region and to partner with a range of providers to deliver relevant activities that meet regional priorities and help improve farm profitability," Mr Halliday said.
Dairy Australia and the Victorian Government have a long and successful history of shared investment in Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) over several decades and remain committed to promoting economic growth in the dairy sector.
Victorian Lead Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Energy and Resources, Luke Wilson, said DEDJTR and Dairy Australia will maintain their partnership commitment to research and development through a long-term funding agreement. This will see an increased focus on the development of new technologies to extend research outcomes for adoption in dairy farming systems.
DEDJTR and DA are committed to maintaining investment in Victoria's dairy sector which contributes more than $9.5bn to the State's economy each year, supports more than 21,000 jobs on-farm and in milk processing and generates export earnings in excess of $2 billion per annum. There are currently 4,130 dairy farms in Victoria.
Mark Pearce — Media Manager, Dairy
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Nick Foster — Senior Media Advisor, DEDJTR
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