Set in the foothills of the rolling Strzelecki Ranges of West Gippsland, Victoria, DPI Ellinbank is home to the National Centre for Dairy Research and Development.
Ellinbank has a long history of generating research that is used by Australia’s dairy farmers; dairy research has been carried out at the site since the 1950s. This has ensured Australia is one of the most efficient dairy producers in the world.
Research is carried out on the site’s herd of 500 dairy cows. Recent projects have included research into supplementing pasture with feedlots and measuring the effect of various feed types on methane emissions, soils and nutrient management.
To facilitate the research programs, DPI Ellinbank is set on a 217 hectare research farm. There is also modern infrastructure including greenhouse chambers, a dairy, and a feeding complex. Research is also undertaken on individual dairy farms in state and national research projects.
DPI works in partnership with many other state and national stakeholders, including industry and farmer groups, food processors, other government agencies, research partners such as universities, and community and education groups.