Dairy Australia - Dairy information for Australian Dairy Farmers and the industry

Primary content

Tools and resources to use water more efficiently in the dairy shed, determine stock water requirements, and improve the productivity of irrigation systems. Information on water policy and water availability.


Dairy Australia and our partners work on a number fronts to secure better water outcomes for farmers and the industry, from influencing policy makers to on-farm research.

Selecting the best irrigation system

Information from this research helps farmers and catchment planners make decisions about when to invest in pressurised, surface or subsurface drip irrigation.

Saving water in dairies

A dairy farmer survey in 2000 found the most efficient dairy sheds used under 2,000 litres of water per cow each year. At the other end of the scale, the most water used was 38,000 litres per cow each year, almost 20 times more than the best performers.

Learn options for saving water in dairies in the following ways:

Water saving options by cost
Water saving options by effort
Water savings options by water saved
Other areas to save water

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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