South Australia is home to producers of some of Australia’s highest quality milk and dairy products. Our fresh drinking milk, yogurt, cheese, butter and ice cream are consumed throughout Australia and around the world, including key export markets of Japan, New Zealand, Korea and China.
South Australia’s average milk production per cow is consistently the highest in Australia. The industry ranges from large commercial milk processors, to niche producers to world-leading boutique artisan cheesemakers.
The number of milk processing plants in South Australia has more than doubled over the last 20 years, with growth fuelled by increased demand for premium quality products into export markets.
Our local industry has an internationally recognised safety record, with quality assurance programs overseen by Dairy Safe South Australia – a statutory body responsible for the verification of food safety standards at both farm and processing plant level.
South Australia’s clean environment, abundant sunlight, rich soils and pristine water sources have helped us forge an international reputation for the quality of our milk products, in particular our cheeses. The growth of organic farming and biodynamic dairy production has also led to our artisan producers winning globally recognised awards for innovation and quality.