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Friday 18th November 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell

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World Dairy Trade Faces Uncertain Times

The trade in dairy products has suffered a number of massive blows in the last three years and is set to continue to face potential issues going forward, according to a new report from leading agricultural bank Rabobank.

The Russian trade embargo, the slowing of demand growth from China, the impact of low oil prices on demand from oil exporting countries and the strengthening of the US dollar have all had an impact on the demand for imports.

The expansion of production surrounding the removal of production quotas in Europe added to the pain and resulted in a period of extremely low world prices, according to Rabobank’s report “Strong Headwinds Weigh on Trade Growth.”

"When we look forward," says Kevin Bellamy, Global Strategist Dairy at Rabobank. "We see that none of these issues has been resolved. The Russian ban will be in place at least until 2017.

"Demand from China will continue to grow but at a slower rate, oil prices are forecast to remain at around the USD 50 per barrel mark, and the dollar is forecast to maintain its high value against other currencies. As a result, dairy trade is likely to grow at a slower rate than in recent years, driven more by population growth than per capita consumption increases." – Click here to read more.

Argentina’s milk production has declined significantly during 2016, according to UK levy board AHDB Dairy.

The country is one of the world’s major dairy exporting regions but whole milk powder production is expected to fall by around 17 per cent this year compared to 2015, leading to a reduction in export volumes.

The drop is partly due to low global milk prices, pushing farmers to reduce concentrate feeding. An El Niño effect also led to extreme flooding in some of the main dairying regions, hampering milk production further – read more.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms Reveals the Secrets of ‘Beyond Organic’ Farming
Polyface Farm, an alternative “beyond organic” operation is situated in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Its operator, Joel Salatin, has been called by TIME magazine “the world’s most innovative farmer” and “the high priest of pasture and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since US President Thomas Jefferson”, writes John Wilkes.

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Market Reports

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Global Dairy Industry News

   United States

World Dairy Trade Faces Uncertain Times
Trade, Labour Big Issues for Ag in Trump Presidency

   United Kingdom

British Dairy Herd Appears Stable
BVDFree England Making Progress
Medics Urge More Action on Antibiotics in Farming


Animal Waste Converted into Protein Feed Source in Finland


Argentina's Milk Powder Exports to Fall Significantly


Investors Mark Progress on Reducing Antibiotic Use in Food Chain
Farm Vigilance a Key Priority in Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

   European Union

Beef Vulnerable to EU Trade Deals, Study Shows
Ag Markets Task Force Calls for New Rules on Unfair Trading Practices

   New Zealand

Fewer Cows Produce Only Slightly Less Milk in NZ


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