University of Sydney leads $16m NSW dairy recovery program

Mar 11, 2021

Clockwise from left: Linda Buckley, senior farm hand; Michael Johnsen, MP, Member for Upper Hunter, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, NSW Government; University of Sydney Professor Yani Garcia, director, Dairy Research Foundation and Theme Leader (animal agriculture) Sydney Institute of Agriculture; Dr Nico Lyons, Leader Dairy, NSW DPI; Kenny Oluboyede, Dairy Operation Manager.

The photo was taken at the University of Sydney’s Automatic Milking Rotary, which is operated by five robot arms. The cows’ bodies are in the background, the most visible being milked on the right.


Improving the resilience of the NSW dairy industry

A new collaborative bushfire resilience project including government, the private sector and the University of Sydney, will apply research to future-proof the dairy industry, it was announced by Agriculture Ministers David Littleproud and Adam Marshall today.

The University of Sydney is leading a new program aimed at improving the resilience of the NSW dairy industry – under pressure from years of drought followed by last season’s megafires – with a multi-million dollar grant announced by the NSW Government, in conjunction with co-investments from the private sector, amounting to the biggest project of its kind in the industry.

Australian Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud and NSW Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall announced the $16 million total investment for the five-year program to accelerate recovery and build business resilience and growth in the dairy industry.

The announcement coincides with the first meeting of the project’s Board at the Dairy Research Foundation (DRF) headquarters at the University’s Camden campus, with representatives from the Department of Primary Industry (DPI), the DRF, Scibus, Dairy Australia, NSW Farmers, Dairy Connect, DairyNSW, Local Land Services (Hunter and SE), Norco, Australian Fresh Milk Holding Ltd; LPC Ltd and the NSW Dairy Advocate and Dairy Advisory Panel.

Mr Littleproud said the funding and collaboration will deliver a multi-year program to accelerate recovery and build business resilience and growth in the dairy industry, following the significant impacts of the 2019/20 bushfires.

Read the full Media release on the DRF website.