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Cool Cows and Climate Change - Information for Dairy Farmers

About the Program

Shifting weather patterns and a trend towards higher temperatures means heat stress and its impact on cow performance, health and welfare is becoming a serious issue for Australian dairy farmers.

Dairy Australia is helping farmers adapt to this changing operating environment through the Cool Cows program, which offers dairy farmers and their advisers information and tools to help stay ahead of heat stress.

Cool Cows is also involved in a number of important research and farm demonstration activities. It has delivered more than 65 on-farm workshops and other extension activities to date, all in close collaboration with farmers, advisers, researchers and industry partners.

Cool Cows is supported by funds from Dairy Australia and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Cool Cows is one of the many examples of the dairy service levy at work. Farmers receive a benefit of $3 for each $1 invested by Dairy Australia on their behalf. For more information on this and other levy investments visit

For enquiries regarding the Cool Cows program, please contact us.

Australian Government - Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry