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Western Australia has a small dairy industry compared with its other rural production. However, the industry has consolidated over recent years.Tree clearing and pasture development on existing holdings and the amalgamation of small dairy farms has led to a rapid increase in the area of pasture per farm. The trend in Western Australia is towards bigger herds, more efficient dairies, more fodder conservation and increasing production per cow and per hectare. Commercial dairy farming in Western Australia is confined to the south-western corner of the State, south of Perth, extending in a 50-kilometre-wide strip along the coast to 50 kilometres east of Albany. This area has high winter rainfall and dry summers.
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Dairy farming, Farming systems, Soils, Vegetation, Water supply, Irrigation, Diseases, Western Australia
Animal Diseases | Dairy Science | Hydrology | Soil Science
Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia. (1974), Dairying in W.A.. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 3883.
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