Dairy farms have been among the most important industries in Australia for decades, but the quality of their milk has become increasingly compromised over the past 20 years.
Dairy farms in Australia can produce a maximum of about 150kg of milk per hectare.
The most common milk grade is labelled ‘high milk quality’ or ‘milk that will last for years’.
Dairy farms are also exposed to chemicals that can degrade the milk, such as the chlorine found in some chlorine bleach products.
The government’s ‘dairy industry health and welfare’ report found dairy farms in NSW had a higher level of dairy farming-related diseases than those in other states.
The NSW Health Department has estimated there are over 200,000 dairy farms across the state.
The report found that in 2009, there were a total of 13,400 dairy farms operating in NSW.
The health and safety of the milk industry is another concern for the Government.
There are a number of issues that need to be addressed in order to improve milk quality.
Some of the key concerns include: the presence of bacteria in milk