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Friday 12th December 2014.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Novus International

MSD Animal Health

Europe Optimistic Amid Current Global Milk Price Drop

This week has seen a sharp drop in global Whole Milk Powder prices - down 7.1 per cent to $2,229 per tonne

This marks a drop in prices of more than 50 per cent since the beginning of the year.

According to Dairy Australia, the sharp drop in prices overshadowed any positive moves for other products.

Butter and Anhydrous Milk Fat continued to gain in price rising by 7.3 per cent (to $2,849/tonne) and nine (to $3,817/tonne) respectively.

Skimmed Milk Powder also saw significant rises – up by 5.7 per cent to $2,423/tonne, although European sellers and India’s Amul saw falls.

The total average Global Dairy Trade price was down by 1.1 per cent to a $2,513 average.

In the rest of Europe, the recent European Commission medium term outlook report showed there were favourable prospects for the EU dairy industry.

However, cost-competitiveness will be key in influencing which regions see the most growth.

For the UK the forecast is that the potential for Europe will mean good market prospects for the UK as well.

Global consumption is expected to increase as a result of growing middle class urban populations, leading to increasing global imports over the next decade.

The report anticipates that those regions best placed to compete in this expanding market will be those which have invested in processing capacity and with lower production costs.

Regions identified as having increased production significantly over the last decade include Germany, France, Poland, the Netherlands, the UK, Ireland and Denmark.
In Ireland the Irish Farmers Association is looking for ways to support the dairy sector through the coming year, as it foresees some tough times ahead.

Sean O’Leary chairman of the National Dairy Committee added: “2015 will be tough on dairy farmers, with poor prices, superlevy fines and tax liabilities seriously disrupting normal cash flow.”


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Guessing the Big Dairy Events of 2015
A watchful eye should be on prices and export demand next year, while domestically, the new protection programme will be key, says a markets and policy expert looking through his crystal ball.

What Are the Dangers of a Warm and Wet October?
October was wetter and warmer than average, contrasting with a dry September, and raising the risk of parasites to cattle.

Steps to Ensure Calf Success This Winter
Temperatures have plummeted and it is now time to maximise everything the calf gets to keep dietary fat and energy high.

Time is Over for Milk Protection Plan Decisions
A North Dakota dairy specialist offers some recent insights into the potential security provided by US dairy protection programmes.

Angus Bulls on Dairy Farms: As Easy as Black and Black and White
Docile, fertile and easy calving, Aberdeen-Angus cattle have complimented an Irish dairy herd for nearly twenty years.

Uganda Latest: Porridge, Hand Wounds and Harvest Prospects
Apollo Saku is a farmer, agricultural academic and project leader for Planting for Hope Uganda, a sustainable wealth creation programme aimed at empowering rural communities through farming and cooperative schemes.

Market Reports

USDA GAIN: Argentina - Dairy and Products Annual Report
Irish CSO Reports Consumer Price Index December 2014
USDA Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade December 2014
USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 10 December 2014
USDA WASDE December 2014

Global Dairy Industry News

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Australian Live Cattle Exports Continue to Grow
Producers 'Underestimate Value' of Accurate Pregnancy Testing
Australian Farm Output Forecast Down for Next Year

   United Kingdom

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Survey: Market Volatility Taking Toll on Farmers
Call for Research to Improve Welfare of Managed Animals
Summer All-Grazing No Longer Predominates


Sino-Dutch Dairy Expertise Centre Launched in China

   European Union

Public Consultation Open on Dairy Welfare in Small Scale Farms


Indian Processor to Invest 16 Million in New Dairy
Odisha-based Milk Mantra Acquires Westernland Dairy


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   United States

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