Over the past decade, the number of dairy cows and the number of producers in the Western Australian dairy industry have steadily declined. The industry still relies heavily on market milk quotas for its profits, but recent export contracts have boosted profits from manufacturing milk production.
Market milk quotas remain unevenly distributed across the dairy regions and amongst quotaholders, although the regional distribution of quotas is changing.
Kingwell, Ross and Annan, Graham
"Changes in the Western Australian dairy farm industry,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 33
, Article 9.
Available at: http://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol33/iss2/9