New Zealand: environmental standards and animal welfare [News Oceania n°17/2019]

Period: August 19 – September 13, 2019

Australia-8.4%New Zealand+4.6%milk production
July 2019

Australia milk production in the season 2018-19 was 8.8 billion litres, -5.7% from previous year.

July 2018 milk production is -8.4% from July 2018.

High cull rates following the 2019 drought, farm retirements and relatively high input costs have impacted negatively on the milk production. - Milk production in Australia – Milk production in Australia

New Zealand’s July milk production is +4.6% from last year. Even if it is spring, it has been cool, with snow in some remote areas. However pastures are in good shape.

Environmental standards, animal welfare, employment conditions: a bill to restructure the dairy industry

The New Zealand Parliament has passed a bill to restructure the dairy industry. One provision would allow cooperatives to refuse milk from producers who don’t meet environmental standards, animal welfare requirements or employment conditions.

Dairy commodities prices

Average quotations of dairy commodities in Oceania have been decreasing compared to four weeks ago, but strengthening compared to the prices of Butter and SMP two weeks ago.

There are concerns among some Butter buyers that strong export demand might cause Butter to become harder to source in coming months.

Some Australian manufacturers report that not much WMP is being made in Australia now because milk is being diverted to Butter and SMP, where returns are better. Even so, SMP output remains below ideal volumes.

Much price movement for Cheddar Cheese and WMP is not expected, at least not until final September and October production data becomes available. - Payout SMP + Butter and WMP + Butter in Oceania – Payout SMP + Butter and WMP + Butter in Oceania

- Assessments about market trend are expressed in US$;
– Dairy season: July, 1st – June, 30th (Australia), June, 1st – May, 31st (New Zealand);
– Source: USDA summarized by the CLAL Team

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The team is composed of young people who with the help of Computer Science study the dairy market and develop tools to provide the Operators of the dairy sector with a comprehensive real-time view of the national and international market trends.

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