Dairy Industry in Tasmania - Critical Issues Paper

The dairy industry in Tasmania is a significant contributor to the state’s economy with 440 working farms contributing over $425 million per annum.

The May 2016 drop in milk prices came at the end of a dry year with high costs and has been compounded by record-breaking floods in June 2016, resulting in loss of livestock, equipment, roads, bridges and houses.  The combined impact of these events has become a critical issue for Tasmania. 

RDA Tasmania has prepared an overview of the issue as it effects Tasmania; consider how these current circumstances eventuated; and summarise what options are available to assist farmers back to prosperity for the long term. 

RDA Tasmania wishes to acknowledge the input from the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, Dairy Tasmania, Rural Business Tasmania and AgriGrowth Tasmania.

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