The commercial viability of an industry, is its overall ability to succeed and be profitable over time. The Riverina region’s dairy industry, consists of twelve farms, producing almost thirty million litres of milk per annum, supplying not only the region but also is a significant contributor to Australia’s manufacturing and export trade of dairy products (Department of Primary Industries, 2014). The sustainability of dairy farming in the Riverina is influenced through significant factors including; farm management, stock management, water management and primarily, milk production.
The Jolliffe family-owned dairy farm, Currajugle Holsteins, is an example of the 12 dairy farms in the Riverina, and show accurately the commercial viability of Riverina dairy farms. Operators Neil and Simone Jolliffe, presented a detailed explanation of their operation (Jolliffe, 2015).
Stock management, is a large part of Riverina dairies, as small errors can cause large repercussions towards the farms output. Dairy farms can contain several hundred cows, and only use a fraction for milking at any one time, herds are composed of bulls, cows, and calves, all of which need to be identifiable on farm and national databases (Trade and …show more content…
In 2000, deregulation in the dairy industry stopped legislation adjusting price of milk paid to farmers. In the modern industry, processing companies pay farmers for milk, this is a variable price and is subject to change on the basis of product quality, seasonal supply and market values (Department of Primary Industries, 2014). Kilograms of milk solids including protein and fat content, is the driving force of every dairy. Processing companies have strict guidelines on the amount of milk solids present, and milk producers can acquire fees, if milk quality isn’t