On Wednesday 29 July 1942, the Australian Dairyfarmers’ Federation held their annual
meeting at the offices of the Victorian Dairymen’s Association in Collins Street, Melbourne.
During the meeting, one thing was certain and that was the need to bring together the different organisations and to unify the often-conflicting agendas
both at a state and national level.
Delegates from all over Australia came together to discuss the formation of an organisation that would represent the national interests of dairy farmers.
The result was the establishment of Australian Dairy Farmers’ Federation (ADFF) whose major objective was the promotion of dairy farming in the Australian
dairy industry and its place in the Australian economy.
Other than a variation in name, Australian Dairy Farmers’ (ADF) has for the past 75 years represented the interests of dairy farmers. Our organisation’s
mission is to provide strong leadership and representation for the continued growth of internationally competitive, innovative and sustainable dairy
The milestones and achievements that have punctuated ADF’s rich history have been significant – not only due to the staff but largely the dairy farmers
who have contributed their time and knowledge throughout the years. Their important contribution has resulted in a strong, progressive and sustainable
industry representative of economic progress, environmental sustainability, and improved social well-being.
Now more than ever, it is essential that ADF continues to speak for dairy farmers with a unified voice.
ADF is committed to representing dairy farmers by communicating their needs to government in the areas of animal health and welfare; farming systems and
herd improvements; market, trade and values chain; natural resources; people and human capacity; and research and development.
To ensure the voice of dairy is heard, we will continue to seek government support and are committed to driving innovation, productivity, and profitability.
Our advocacy and policy work is at the heart of everything we do and is essential to ensuring Australian dairy remains competitive and well aligned for
Interim ADF President