The dairy at Tocal is the only dairy owned and run by the NSW Department of Primary Industries. It is a commercial dairy, covering 260 hectares and supplying over 1.5 million litres of milk to consumers each year.
For detailed information on the dairy’s pasture systems, herd management, milking technologies and more, see the free ebook Tocal Property and Farms.
The dairy is also also used for education, research and demonstration. Tocal students are actively involved in dairy work and aspects of its management. It is a venue for farmer workshops and field days both in the training centre and in the
Precision Dairy Farming and its place in the NSW and Australian dairy industry is a focus for the NSW Department of Primary Industry as it pursues its vision of building a thriving sustainable agriculture for tomorrow’s communities. NSW DPI’s role is to facilitate and connect science and research through developing and delivering this dairy industry led innovation into knowledge that meets industry needs. DPI is currently running a number of Automatic Milking System projects in collaboration with a number of industry, commercial and higher education partners.
DPI GATE is a collaborative research and technology facility designed to cultivate and develop ag-tech ideas. The GATE is a NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) initiative to fast‑track the development of ag‑tech to increase productivity.
Schools can tour the dairy, including viewing the milking parlour from a safe observation platform. The NSW DPI Schools Program has created a range of excellent workbooks and teacher guides available from the Virtual Farm site.
Visiting the dairy
Would you like to bring a group on a tour of the dairy? Contact us to arrange it! (email Sandy)
Dairy Traineeship – Paterson
Get qualified at a nationally-recognised level while being paid to work in the dairy industry. That’s the reality for you with a Dairy Traineeship through Tocal. Study at Certificate II, III or IV level. Be trained by industry professionals. Set yourself up right at the start of your career.
The NSW DPI Schools Program at Tocal has created a series of story maps using the ESRI online platform to showcase Tocal farms. The maps include geospatial data maps of physical attributes, images, multimedia resources and narrative about management practices with some historical context.
There is a collection of maps aimed at K-6 learners, as well as some more detailed maps for in-depth study of soil, water, land capability and more.
360° farm experience at the dairy!
Head to our YouTube Channel, to view our 360° videos on your phone or
VR headset and get among the cows, pastures, and milking parlour.
See the dairy from the sky, the ground, and behind the udder!
Manager Matt Brett will tell you all about the farm including the recent upgrades to the irrigation and the milking technology.
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