Dairy Research Foundation

About us

The Dairy Research Foundation was established in 1959 to advance the emerging discipline of dairy science and to improve technical practices in the industry.

It has a research laboratory known as the M.C.Franklin Laboratory with facilities for carrying out a wide range of research from applied and that focusing on pasture management, animal nutrition and whole farm systems to more basic studies.

One of the roles of the Dairy Research Foundation is to inform the dairy and general community on the work undertaken by the University and this has led to the organising of an Annual Symposium held at various location within the state, including Camden NSW.

Our history

Awareness that the dairy industry in Australia in the “fifties” lagged far behind its counterparts in Europe and the USA led the recently appointed Professor of Animal Husbandry, T.J.Robinson, to establish the Dairy Husbandry Research Foundation in 1959.

Jack Ferguson, Chairman of the NSW Milk Board gave Professor Robinson invaluable encouragement and support in the establishment of the Foundation.

Generous financial assistance from the Australian Dairy Produce Board and from a high proportion of the major dairying companies allowed the construction of the Dairy Research Unit at the University Farms at Camden.

At present the Dairy Research Foundation is being sponsored by subscriptions from a very broad array of agribusinesses, farmers and Institutions including:

  • Rowan Moore, Dairy farmer
  • Bill Inglis, Dairy farmer
  • Leppington Pastoral Company
  • National Foods Ltd
  • Dairy Connect Ltd
  • SBS-Cibus
  • United Dairies Pty Limited
  • Bega Co-Op Society.



  • Finance and undertake research relevant to the problems of the Australian dairy industry.
  • Promote the extension of worldwide research findings to the industry.
  • Provide advice to the dairy industry on practical problems encountered in the field.
  • Assist in the scientific training of experts to service the dairy industry.
  • Raise financial support for these purposes.


  • The DRF has continued to achieve the above goals in the past 10 years, attracting an average of $1 million in funding per year.
  • The success is also evidenced by an increasing amount of research, publications, industry funds and number of students as shown in detail in the DRF Annual Report’s.


July 2019

The Dairy Research Foundation publishes its newsletter every four months.
Click on the image to download our July 2019 Newsletter

and click here to view past editions

Contact us

Dairy Research Foundation 
University of Sydney
MC Franklin Lab, Building C04
Brownlow Hill Loop Road
Brownlow Hill NSW Australia 2570
Professor Yani Garcia
Lynne Gardner
Administrative Officer
+61 2 4651 9871