Australian milk production fell by 9.3% in the month of August compared to the same period in 2015, according to the latest figures from Dairy Australia.

In August of this year Australia’s milk production reached 725.3m litres, falling from a level of 799.5m litres compared to the same month last year, figures show.

In the first two months of the milking season in Australia, milk production has fallen by close to 145.5m litres. This represents a total decrease of 9.3% on 2015 figures.

The biggest fall in milk production for the month August was seen in South Australia, a region which produces 5.4% of the countries milk.

Milk production fell by a total of 14.3% in South Australia in August 2016, a fall of almost 6m litres from last years figures.

Meanwhile, the state of Victoria, which is the countries largest milk producing region with a share of 64.8%, also reported a decrease in production, the Dairy Australia figures show.

Meanwhile, both New South Wales and Tasmania report a drop in production of close to 9% each.

Both Queensland and Western Australia registered marginal increases in production of 2.7% and 0.4% respectively.

The initial forecast for 2016/17 from Dairy Australia is for a further 1-2% fall in production, to between 9.45 and 9.55 billion litres.

Australian milk production fell 2% in the 2015/2016 season compared to the 2014/2015 season

Some 9.539 billion litres of milk were produced in Australia for the season just gone, down from the 9.731 billion litres produced for the previous season.