Australia regularly promotes its dairy industry as a major exporter – with old figures displayed with fervour.
But who really wants to know how much is Imported?
Here are some import figures for the 2018 year courtesy of the ABS and Dairy Australia.
Cheese – 111,000 tonnes
Infant food. – 42,774 tonnes
Butter. – 36,402 tonnes
Whole milk powder – 29,147 tonnes
Lactose. – 27,957 tonnes
Liquid milk – 25,297 tonnes
Ice cream – 24,121 tonnes
Whey powder – 15,704 tonnes
Skim Milk Powder – 10,126 tonnes
Condensed milk – 3094 tonnes
Yoghurt – 1677 tonnes.
Total – recognising that the are liquid and solid products in the mix.
327,255 tonnes of product imported.
This is a lot of dairy product.
The milk and butter would require about 1.8 BILLION litres of milk to produce.
That is about 30% of Victorias milk!!
Australia needs to plan for the future!!!