Western Dairy is one of eight Regional Development Programs that are spread throughout the nation’s key dairy areas and operates under the auspices of Dairy Australia.
Western Dairy has been operating since 1997 to guide the strategic direction and implementation of dairy research, education and promotion programs in the Western Australian region.
Western Dairy works closely with WA Farmers Dairy Section, the Department of Agriculture and Food WA, the South West Catchment Council, the Department of Environment; the Department of Water, together with WA dairy processors and service providers, in implementing its annual operating plan, in the best interests of WA dairy farmers.
Western Dairy is charged with:
- Ensuring responsible and timely use is made of the Dairy Service Levy paid by WA dairy farmers and where possible using these funds to lever additional monies that can then add further value to current and planned research projects;
- Participating in national priority setting and strategic planning of Farm RD&E;
- Identifying and facilitating regional projects and relationships providing benefit for the local dairy industry – RD&E; HR; and other areas;
- Building local community awareness and ownership of RD&E;
- Facilitating communication between the WA Dairy farmers and the WA dairy research and extension community;
- Advocating best practise in animal welfare, environmental management and business management in the interests of the long-term sustainability of the WA dairy sector
- Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of all the above.
Key areas of operation
Western Dairy’s annual operating plan focuses on six key areas of operation:
- Animal Systems
- Human Resource and Farm Business Management
- Natural Resource Management
- Industry image
- Western Dairy operation and management