Dairy Farm Profitability and Economic Research

Dairy Australia invests in research and analysis on dairy farm economics, profitability, industry trends and sustainability. It collaborates with other organisations and the private sector, including Agriculture Victoria (Victorian Government) and the Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC).

Key reports and projects on farm profitability

Measurement of profitability on Australian dairy farms – historical trends and future targets

This report was prepared as an appendix to the draft Australian Dairy Plan in response to the recognition by people engaged in the consultation process of profitability as key to the success of individual farmers and the industry as a whole.

  • Measurement of profitability on Australian dairy farms

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 1.52 MB

Sustainable farm profitability report

Read the report prepared with the Australia Dairy Industry Council on on-farm profitability.

  • Sustainable Farm Profitability Report 2015

    (27 August 2020)
    PDF, 7.28 MB

Dairy Directions

The Dairy Directions research project analysed the impact of changes in the operating environment on the profitability of Victorian dairy farm systems. It also investigated how farmers can deal with these changes. The research was an initiative of the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Dairy Australia, Murray Dairy, GippsDairy and WestVic Dairy. Read more

Dairy milk supply trends and profitability

What are the impacts of changes to farm milk supply patterns across Victoria and its impact on farm profit?

  • Victorian dairy industry milk supply trends profit 2013

    (09 July 2020)
    PDF, 3.91 MB

Farm economics and profitability research reports and papers

Further farm economics and profitability research reports and papers are available via the Resources Hub.

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