Agriculture today is a very advanced and highly technical industry, and Australia has been one of the most creative and efficient industries. It has been said that the ability of the industry to adapt, innovate and form successful collaborations will continue to support a strong and prosperous Australia with sustainable food security.
It’s also one of the biggest dairy agriculture industries in Australia having a gross milk production value of around $3.7 billion accounting for a 9% increase in total gross value. Its exports increased to over $2 billion and also dominate the national production industry.
As the population of Australia has grown, diets have also been changed and the demand for more food to be produced. At the same time, the Australian farm has also changed a lot, many small family farms have been restored to commercial farms that feed entire communities in Australia and even overseas. However, some farms continue to be passed down through the family and business models have also changed.
GROWTH OF THE INDUSTRY
Although there were droughts in the last years the industry remained successful in terms of development and progress. Statistical data shows that the industry was able to achieve large farm scales, better farm systems, better feed production, and better cow conversion efficiency through the last decade of research and development, which ultimately results in a cost-benefit ratio of $3.3 benefit for every dollar invested by the government and industry.
The areas of improvement for the Dairy Industry's operation and management are the production utilization of feed for both past and supplement areas, improved cow efficiency in terms of feed conversion, and a significant improvement in animal health resources.
The industry has seen a huge advance in operation and mechanization systems and a significant improvement in access to better and up-to-date technology. The demand for dairy products has seen the growth and development of the industry expand, with new technology such as robotic milking, genetic research for animal and plant performance, and attractive retaining development.
INNOVATION IN DAIRY INDUSTRY
In Australia, almost around 135,000 farmers supply 93 percent of the domestic food market which is enough for feeding 80 million people a year and contributing more than $41 billion per annum to the export market. According to a research and report by Luminaries, Australia is one of the most innovative and efficient industries in agriculture encouraged by highly technical advances, technologies, and innovations that keep themselves competitive in a global food market, despite having a low level relative to their major competitors. Having already developed technology that stops processed avocados from turning brown, it has turned its attention to the dairy industry and uncovered the biggest global breakthrough in milk production since pasteurization was introduced in 1864.
ADVANCED COOLING TECHNOLOGY
Transporting fresh products internationally is a big challenge for most dairy companies. The advanced cooling technology enabled the products to travel at a long distance while keeping the products fresh. Moreover, the first shipment of supercooled Castello Decorated Cream Cheeses, which cannot be frozen, successfully reached Australia from Denmark, having been stored in special containers under supercooled conditions. This super cooling technology will be particularly beneficial for global dairy companies and those with the aim of creating new global growth opportunities.
Blockchain tech is a digital platform that joins the information to create a permanent record. This has created a history of products and animals in food and livestock in the dairy industry. Moreover, blockchain tech in the dairy industry’s food supply chain is key to gaining consumer trust. One of the food safety companies entered a partnership with another tech company to bring blockchain tech to its food safety diagnostics and animal genomics. This has enabled companies in the food industry to use its blockchain tech platform to ensure the food supply.
Furthermore, it has been said that: There are countless potential benefits in adopting this technology. The genomic profile of a dairy cow could be connected with the feed the animal eats, its medical history, the barn environment, and quantity and quality of the milk it produces. Blockchain can serve to optimize the entire supply chains of many markets. This technology ultimately adds a high level to the dairy industry from the beginning of the supply chain all the way to consumers.
The demand for cleanliness has always been a priority for consumers in the dairy market. There have been various technological developments that focus on improving the texture and taste experience of dairy products.
One example is US-based Synergy Flavors Inc’s taste solution, developed to guide the needs of dairy and plant-based applications. The solution claims to provide the means to cleanly build back the creaminess of full-fat dairy and mask undesirable off-notes in plant-based alternatives. It claims to have created technically-layered ingredients for taste and enhanced functionality by combining flavour science with modern dairy fermentation expertise. Moreover, its applications range from fresh and cultured dairy products to nutritional, bakery, beverage, and confection, as well as dips or cheese. It is a key technological development for the dairy and dairy-alternative industries as it offers a simple natural flavor enhancement of dairy indulgence.
As we know, Australia is free of many food diseases. There is domestic and world-class expertise in the science of animal and plant diseases. They have a very important role in ensuring that Australians continue to have safe, nutritious, and healthy food and are protected from diseases that can transfer from animal to human.
Furthermore, another important role is creating new knowledge on diseases to prepare for future challenges and training the next generation of scientists and teachers. There is a broader role in the global society in food and nutritional security and human health, including through partnerships with developing countries in education, training, research and technology transfer.
- The Dedicated Team of Pasture.io, 25 August 2022