Mid Coast Dairy Advancement Group

Role/Purpose

The Mid Coast Dairy Advancement Groups (DAGs) is both the largest and oldest NSW regional dairy group. The objectives of DAGs are to:

  • Advance the dairying industry in the mid coast area
  • Improve the productivity of the mid coast dairies
  • Lower the cost of production of each litre of milk produced
  • Grow the overall production of dairies in the mid coast region

DAGs seeks to develop strong linkages across the industry including all relevant dairy organisations such as Dairy Australia, Dairy NSW and Dairy Connect; local governments and State and Federal government agencies and departments; public utilities such as water authorities; and regional agribusiness and service providers.

DAGs works to ensure there are good communication channels within the region so the dairy industry it represents is cohesive and well informed and that there are opportunities for dairy farmers to meet at field days, farm tours, discussion groups, seminars or meetings.
 

Geographic Area

The DAGs region covers the following local government areas: Gloucester, Great Lakes, Greater Taree, Hastings/Port Macquarie and Kempsey.

The majority of the dairies are family owned businesses and operate on an all year round calving basis with many utilising an annual ryegrass pasture feedbase. Milk from the region mostly goes into the NSW fresh milk market. The region has 6 different processors now operating in the area: Murray Goulburn, Norco, Woolworths, Hastings Co-op, National Foods and Parmalat.
 

Activities

DAGS will continue to support training workshops to enhance dairy farmers skills across high quality milk production, herd health, farm productivity, business profitability, managing regulations and natural resource management.

Areas where DAGs has worked in the past and will continue to work on in the future include providing once again a local newsletter Dairy Doings, silage wrap recycling, energy audits and projects, dairy expos, farm tours and on-ground works projects.

Chair

Tim Bale
email: tbale.wingham@ljh.com.au
Ph: 0427 535 511
 

Secretariat

Carissa Wolfe
Email: midcoastdags@gmail.com