|No. of dairy farmers||1730||587||275|
|No. of cows||103,000||124,000||77,000|
|Average herd size||60||211||280|
|Average production per cow (litres/year)||3163||6369||6566|
|Total SA production (litres)||329 million||699 million||570 million|
- The farm gate value of milk produced in SA per annum is about $280 million, contributing significantly to the SA economy, particularly in the South East and Fleurieu Peninsula.
- SA dairy farmers are good at what they do – their cows produce more on average than any other state and the quality of the milk ranks among the best in Australia.
- There are currently 47 processing plants in SA compared with 20 about two decades ago. The major expansion has been in the number of small specialist “boutique” processors.