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Friday 4th October 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Australia Sees Drop in Dairy Exports but Rise in Value

Australia saw a sharp drop in exports of dairy products during August, according to the latest figures from the Australia Bureau of Statistics.

Exports of butter fell by nearly 30 per cent, butter oil by more than 24 per cent and Cheddar and other cheeses by more than 16 and 20 per cent, while skimmed milk powder and whole milk powder saw falls of 46.8 per cent and 24 per cent.

The total drop in volume exports for dairy products was 15.3 per cent, down to 97,061 tonnes from 114,572 tonnes.

However, while volume export sales fell, the value of the exports rose by 4.4 per cent – up to A$396.6 million compared to A$379.9 million for the same period last year.

Meanwhile, for New Zealand, prices for farmers have been rising, thanks to increased interest from China, according to the leading dairy company Fonterra.

Fonterra has forecast farmgate milk price for the 2013/14 season of NZ$8.30 kg/MS. After including a dividend of 32 cents per share, the total payout forecast will reach NZ$8.62.

Fonterra Chief Executive, Theo Spierings, who said that the robust prices have been driven by interest from China, expects further growth.

But he added: “The higher cost of goods will make it more difficult to drive earnings growth in our consumer and foodservice businesses in the first half of this financial year.”

The dairies competing with Fonterra in New Zealand have been offering farmers higher prices.

The country’s second largest dairy cooperative, Westland Milk Products, beat Fonterra with a NZ$6.34 kg/MS payout before retentions.

Synlait informed its supplier shareholders of a total average milk price of NZ$5.89 kg/MS, - nine cents above Fonterra’s farmgate forecast.

In the UK, European dairy giant Arla has announced a 1.5 pence increase for Arla Milk Food Partnership farmers, to come into action on 1 November.

This increase leaves the standard pence per litre price at 33.13 pence and builds on increases from September.

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