Queensland is the only state in Australia to be increasing its milk production in 2016/17. According to DA figures, milk production in Queensland was up 3.8% in October and 2.6% so far in 2016/17. This is in stark contrast to Australia which was down by 11.4% in October and down 10.3% so far in 2016/17.
All states besides Queensland are down so far in 2016/17. South Australia is the worst down 14%, Victoria is the down 11.9% and Tasmania is down 11.3%. The other states are faring slightly better with New South Wales down 6.5% and Western Australia down only 1%.
Queensland dairy farmers should be proud of their continued growth in production despite the situation in southern states. It is a testament to the resilience and professionalism of the Queensland dairy industry that we can continue to hold our heads high and continue to deliver up local demands for our high quality and valued product.
The outlook for the Queensland dairy industry in the second half of the 2016/17 year remains positive with local demand steady and generally positive attitudes from farmers. The gradual changes in international dairy pricing and improved farm gate prices could potentially offer some reprieve for our fellow farms down south.