Micro-level Clusters in the Australian Dairy Industry

Miller, Stephanie (2005) Micro-level Clusters in the Australian Dairy Industry. Working Paper. Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.


Discussion groups in the dairy industry are a vital forum for knowledge transfer amongst dairy farmers. Discussion groups are made up of people engaged in the business of dairy farming and they can be classified as micro-level clusters. Micro-level clusters are collaborative networks of individual firms (Boekholt & Thuriaux 2000). In these clusters dairy farmers absorb and disseminate knowledge from professional agronomists, veterinarians, government advisers and research institutions. This paper explores the practice of small dairy farmers working in clusters to share knowledge and know-how. The study was conducted in the Central Murray dairy region of Victoria, Australia.

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Item type Monograph (Working Paper)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/118
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Historical > FOR Classification > 1504 Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Keywords micro-cluster; Australian dairy industry; dairy discussion groups; knowledge transfer; public policy
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