Dairy cash injection to boost development

Michael PhilippsSouth Western Times
WA Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan.
Camera IconWA Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan. Credit: The Countryman

The State Government has provided Western Dairy with $200,000 to help the industry strengthen and grow.

Western Dairy, which is based in Bunbury, is one of eight Regional Development Programs that are spread throughout Australia’s key dairy areas and operates under the auspices of Dairy Australia.

The investment will enable Western Dairy to build on the achievements it has made since its inception three years ago.

The State Government's contribution will enable Western Dairy to attract co-investment from industry partners, to add value to projects that increase profitability and build a long-term sustainable industry.

Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the new funding would support research and development over the next two years.

“This funding will give our dairy farmers access to targeted technical and scientific support to continue adapting to the ongoing demands of the milk market,” she said.

“We’re seeing positive developments in the WA dairy industry in the milk processing and export sectors, and it is important that industry is able to capitalise on these and other opportunities.

“Western Dairy has played a pivotal role in supporting producers with business improvement through its Dairy Farm Monitor Program, as well as exploring pasture solutions to address the challenge of the seasonal feed gap.”

“Our dairy industry has demonstrated its resilience and capacity to embrace change and opportunities to provide Australian and international consumers with safe, high quality milk.”

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