As you read this, the factors affecting the outlook for global commodity markets are finely balanced, with much swinging on the weather – so there’s nothing new.
With feed costs almost doubling, one drought-stricken Australian dairy farmer has been deciding to regularly sell livestock. He would like the government to provide rate relief for farmers affected by drought.
There is now a 50:50 chance Britain will crash out of the European Union without any sort of deal concluded, says a recognised Irish commentator.
Farmers in New South Wales are digging in to survive as the drought worsens.
The new dairy season has just begun and there is already plenty to keep track of for Australian dairy farmers.
Australian dairy farmers produced an estimated 650 million litres in March, an increase of 2% on March 2017.
The growth of Australia’s dairy industry is now down to the two main players Fonterra and Saputo, says dairy analyst Steve Spencer.
Listed Australian dairy processor Bega Cheese attracted an extra 100 million litres of milk during the second half of last year.
Canadian processor Saputo, on the verge of becoming Australia’s largest dairy player, looked at investing in New Zealand 16 years ago.
Dairy Australia senior industry analyst John Droppert chaired a panel discussion on volatility in the dairy industry. Here are excerpts:
Australian dairy farmers supplying milk to Fonterra say any proposal to them on ownership options must have a sound economic rationale.
Fonterra says its launch of Farm Source in Australia is another way of growing its partnership with farmer suppliers.
Australia's new dairy kingpin is urging co-ops in Europe and New Zealand to rein in milk production and help stamp out price volatility.
European dairy co-op Arla Foods will spend $850 million this year to expand its business.
More European dairy farmers are warming to the idea of grazing cows outdoors.
While overall dairy exports from New Zealand and Australia are declining, the European Union is showing strong export growth, says Fonterra’s November Global Dairy Update.
Fonterra's short reign as Australia’s biggest milk processor could be over early next year.
Canadian dairy company Saputo says its acquisition of Murray Goulburn will add to and complement the activities of its dairy division in Australia.
Two 80-BAIL Waikato Milking Systems (WMS) rotary platforms are at the heart of a new 10,000 cow dairy farm in China.
Australia's key dairy region is facing a “supply chain revolution,” says Rabobank senior dairy analyst Michael Harvey.
Southern German dairying practice of keeping cows indoors 24/7 makes a convincing argument for getting cows out of winter cold -- or mid-summer heat -- and explaining why more cow barns are springing up in the south of New Zealand.
Milk production in Wales has changed dramatically in the last 30 years: in 1984 the country had 6500 producers; now it has 1730 achieving the same production.
Fonterra is eyeing a bigger slice of the booming Asian pizza business for its Australian-made cheese.
Given that the average farm size in northern Italy is 9.8ha, the operation run by Dario Soresina and his family at Crema, just south of Begamo, makes him a slightly different type of dairy farmer.