Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) is the national advocacy body representing dairy farmers across the six dairying states. Our mission is to improve the profitability and sustainability of dairy farmers in Australia.
ADF was originally formed as the Australian Dairy Farmers Federation (ADFF) in 1942 by Victorian dairy farmer George Capstick Howey, as an unincorporated association to represent the national interests of dairy farmers. In 1993, ADFF was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and the organisation’s name was changed to Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd.
Over 70 years on from our formation, ADF is advocating more policies, in more areas than ever before. Lobbying for the rights of dairy farmers on many fronts, including trade, water, carbon, milk price and animal health and welfare issues, ADF has developed a strong collective voice to Government, industry and the community on national issues affecting dairy farmers and their profitability.
ADF’s constitution is comprised of a Board, National Council, six State Dairy Farmer Organisation (SDFO) members and five Policy Advisory Groups (PAGs).
Alongside the dairy processor representative body, the Australian Dairy Products Federation (ADPF), both organisations form the Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC). This partnership is unique to Australian agriculture in that it takes a unified, whole of industry approach to policy and advocacy.
DataGene is another organisation that develops programs to drive new science with a focus on the future of the national dairy herd. Formed in 1982 as an ADF initiative, DataGene specialise in improving Australian Breeding Values through genomics and delivering programs, such as the recently launched National Breeding Objective. ADF and Dairy Australia are major shareholders of DataGene.