Working with animals

Working on a dairy farm involves plenty of interaction with animals – ensuring they’re fed well, in the best health and lots of opportunity for hugs too! Providing best care for animals is a key part of the role on a dairy farm – it is essential, not only to the success of every farming business, but our moral responsibility.

If you’re ready to find work, view vacancies on the Dairy Farm Jobs Board.

Explore this page to find information about our commitment to providing the best care for our animals.

Ever wondered how technology plays a role in caring for animals? Read more to find out

Providing the best care for cows for their whole life is a big part of creating a sustainable dairy industry. By introducing new robotic technology designed for cow comfort and wellbeing, Mark and Mandy Dee from Macorna North in Victoria, have created a happy, healthy environment for their cows to live in. The data from the robots, gives the Dee's early detection of sickness, giving them more time to treat the affected cow. Watch the video below to find out more.

Learn about our commitment as an industry to providing best care for animals

We commit to striving for health, welfare and best care for all our animals throughout their lives. It is our commitment to continue to improve our practices and report transparently on how we are progressing and where we need to do more. As a dairy farmhand, you could be part of this progression and evolution. Watch to see how we’re delivering against our commitment to provide best care for animals.

Sustainability Framework reports and highlights

Australian dairy promises to provide nutritious food for a healthier world. Through the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework, we report against our promise and commitments to dairy people, the wellbeing of the community, our animals and the environment. The ambition in our whole-of-industry Framework is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the global blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Watch the video below to see how we’re delivering against our promise.

Discover why Kyella McKenna from Gippsland Victoria chooses life on a dairy farm


The most enjoyable parts of working on-farm for me are working with animals day-to-day, the rearing of calves as well as animal health and nutrition. It is great to have learned about and actively take part in the various aspects to working on a dairy farm such as milking, working with the machinery and tractor work. I believe anyone can do what I have done. I don’t have a farming background but took an interest in it and I’m now doing something I love."

Kyella has worked on-farm for the past four years, two of those whilst completing VCE and two further gap years.

One of the best parts of a job in dairy farming is working with animals

Watch the video below of dairy farmers across the country talk about their love of animals and providing the best care, the variety of jobs on a dairy farm and how to work with future purpose. 

Find out why Jessie loves working with cows

Jessie Weaver loves working with cows in her role as a dairy farm hand. Hear from Jessie about the experience of raising calves and looking after them as they grow and become part of the herd.

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