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We are making a substantial investment in animal welfare in keeping with vision of the National Dairy Industry Animal Welfare Strategy is that every dairy animal is well cared for.

Welfare overview

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 Cow Welfare


Evaluation and review

In order to monitor the uptake of animal welfare initiatives Dairy Australia regularly commissions independent surveys of farmers. These surveys provide a measure of the adoption of on-farm practices that improve animal welfare.

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Dairy welfare - we care. Animal husbandry survey 2016 (PDF, 6KB)

Data was collected through 600 telephone interviews with a random sample of dairy farmers. Issues covered by the 2016 survey include:

  • Awareness of industry standards
  • Herd nutrition programs and monitoring
  • Cow management and welfare, including tail docking, calving induction, lameness, down cows, and heat stress mitigation
  • Calf management including colostrum feeding, disbudding, transport, and euthanasia
  • Disease risk management and testing of introduced stock.

Major Initiatives

Focus Farms

Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making. Find out how Focus Farms looks at the factors impacting decisions at any point in time, including seasonal and market conditions.


DataGene is an independent and industry-owned organisation responsible for driving genetic gain and herd improvement in the Australian dairy industry and is an initiative of Dairy Australia and industry.

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