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Friday 22nd March 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Drought Forces Trade Weighted Index Up

Difficult weather and high feed prices are combining to create a production shortfall that has seen the Trade Weighted Index rocket 14.8 per cent this week.

New Zealanders have borne the brunt of the weather since the New Year as a prolonged dry spell has left the entire north island in drought status, officially spreading to the south island today.

Now in the west coast districts of Grey and Buller – usually wet areas - the drought is leading to whole herds being dried off up to two months early as dry matter figures are in excess of 600 kg/ha lower than consultants recommend.

The impact on supply issues is considerable. Waikato farmers have reported up to 20 per cent yield drops and Dairy New Zealand has estimated an overall farmer income loss of NZ$13 million for February alone.

Consequently with European production also decreasing, the global dairy markets have surged this week.

Whole Milk Powder values (USD$5,116) are up 21.2 per cent on last month, beating the previous spike of March 2011.

Skimmed Milk Powder - up 7.7 per cent on last month - is now valued around the $4,050 mark.

This continues an upward trend since Christmas which has been seen across all major categories, including Cheddar which is now around USD$9,044.

Dairy market confidence is mirrored in the US following the US Department of Agriculture World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, published earlier this month.

USDA projections see a 900 million pound increase in national milk output this year - a 0.8 per cent increase on 2012.

This has eased US supply concerns at a time when Trans-Pacific Partnership talks are gathering interest attracting Thailand and Japan to consultation procedure.

This adds to a list comprising Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the US. All countries are joining with a view to benefit from fairer trading systems that operate more efficiently.

International Dairy Federation President, Clay Hough welcomed the announcement, saying: “The addition of Japan greatly expands the scope of the TPP, and that market is a significant opportunity for U.S. dairy exports.”

However, some feel that Japan will not be able to adopt necessary concessions such as loosening market access, changing its quota system and addressing non-tariff concerns.

Next week's DairySite newsletter will be published a day earlier on Thursday 28 March because of the Easter Holiday. 

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Nitrate Poisoning of Livestock Causes & Prevention
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Endotoxins: Substantial Trigger Factor for Laminitis
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Reducing Variability in Nutrient Consumption: Improving Health, Welfare and Profitability of Dairy Cows Fed Total Mixed Rations
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Association Between Season and Somatic Cell Counts For Cows in Irish and UK Dairy Herds
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China Agrees to New Dairy Certificate
FAO: World Not Coping Well with Change in Diets
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EU Earmarks €15m for Food and Feed Safety Testing
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Shock Therapy: A Critical Look at Nutrients, Farm Management
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NFU Reflects on Contributions of American Agriculture
Weekly Roberts Market Report
US Senators Commended for Working to Shine Light on Antibiotics Practices
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Strong Financial Results Confirmed for DFA
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Dairy Australia Fortnightly Update


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Entire North Island of New Zealand Receives Drought Confirmation
Farmers Told Price Rise Is Simply Reflection of Hard Times Elsewhere

   United Kingdom

Growing CAP Coalition Warns of Threat to English Farmers
Beef Market Opportunities for Dairy Farmers
LMC: Higher Prices Available as Numbers Tighten
2013 Budget 'Will Help Farmers'


Harper Govt Helps Boost Exports in High-Quality Genetics
Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Have High Genomic Replikin Counts

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Saudi Arabia Key Dairy Growth Market
Livestock Feed into Saudi to Reach 2.4m Tonnes by 2016, Says Ag Expert


Chinese Consumers Aware of Food Safety
FMD Outbreak Reported in Qinghai
NZ Milk Import Quota Depleted Within a Month
Chinese Agrifood Prices Continue to Fall

   Russian Federation

FMD Affects Cattle, Sheep and Pigs

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South Africa's Ag Minister to Open Congress


Erich Erber Awarded Asian Personality Award during the VIV Asia 2013


Trading Agreement Will Bring Industry Shake-up


Governments Sign Breeding Stock Agreement


Authorities Agree on FMD Control Strategy


Farmers to Receive Cattle, Equipment and Training Grants


Policy Measures Attributable For Milk Delivery and Price Rise


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