Jobs growth as Tasmania moooves into automated dairy systems

Media Release

FN125/2017

02 August 2017

Joint release with:

Jonathan Duniam

Senator for Tasmania

  • The initiative increases milk production and the sustainability of Tasmania's dairy industry
  • Increased investment in ‘robot’ farms and use of automated milking systems
  • Coalition Government invested $372,028 through the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package

Dairy farmers across Tasmania will enjoy targeted investment and sustainable growth with the completion of the Into Dairy—Sustainable Dairy Development project.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said Into Dairy was an integrated approach to help build investment, jobs growth and cow herds in Tasmania.

“This project ensures the Tasmanian dairy industry can meet current dairy processing capacity and sustain future milk growth requirements with plans to convert 18 conventional farms into dairy farms,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to help build the kind of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and providing sustainable economic and employment opportunities does just that.”

Senator for Tasmania Jonathon Duniam who joined dairy farmers today in Meander said the project was an important investment in Tasmanian's future.

“Into Dairy has engaged agribusiness and banks to encourage investment in automated or ‘robot’ milking systems, increasing dairy farmers processing capacity,” Senator Duniam said.

“The project built cow numbers and developed breeding programmes to extend and improve the quality and quantity of viable heifers.”

The project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($372,028), Tasmanian Government ($740,000), DairyTas ($90,000) and contributions from ten additional industry partners ($366,000).