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An assessment of future trends and needs in the northern Australian dairy industry

Cowan, R.T., Chamberlain, P. and Swepson, P. (2000) An assessment of future trends and needs in the northern Australian dairy industry. Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences, 13 . pp. 46-49. ISSN 1976-5517

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Two studies were undertaken to gain an insight into future trends in the northern Australian dairy industry. In the first, 24 broad structured interviews were conducted with a wide range of individuals and groups from the industry and community. In the second an expert panel assessed needs of industry. There was strong emphasis on the need to maintain dairy farming as a viable business, and this can best be achieved through improved information systems and skills training. Production systems were predicted to be of two types, small, low cost units, and large, high turnover units. The former units would have other sources of income, and require relatively more social services. Tourism would offer some opportunities for niche markets. Involvement with the community is important to developing markets, and in gaining support for the maintenance of rural landscapes. Increasing the skills and educational levels of all involved in the industry is a high priority.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Animal culture > Cattle > Dairying
Animal culture > Cattle > Dairy processing. Dairy products
Agriculture > By region or country > Australia
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