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Thursday 2nd April 2015.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Novus International

MSD Animal Health

Easy Money Time Over For China Baby Powder

Opportunities presented by the Chinese infant milk formula market are limited looking ahead to 2020.

Agri-business analysts at Rabobank predict profits are available for the well prepared but say that at best a “lukewarm response” to relaxation of birth policy means the easy money has already been made.

The insight, from March, coincides with consecutive drops in the global dairy trade and abolition of milk quotas in the European Union.

Seen as an “opportunity” by many industry leaders, quota abolition is a significant milestone. The European Union says the dairy sector has a chance to be “confident and robust”. read more

Rabobank’s bleak outlook relates to one of two prime markets Europe’s farmers are to target in the coming years – Asia and Africa.

In response to quotas coming off, key dairying regions of Germany, the Netherlands and France have all planned or built new dairy processing developments for added-value products such as whey powder, milk powders and cheese.

Ireland is also expanding processing capacity as part of a bullish attitude to increasing national production after being strangled by quotas.

Meanwhile, Welsh and Scottish farm leaders are calling for more processing capacity if opportunities presented by global demand are to be met. read more

Producers paying to have milk cross the sea from Scottish islands should pay less and dairy cooperative First Milk needs assistance in developing processing operations, Scotland’s NFU said.

But concerns over processing capacity are accompanied by caution over future market volatility and the timing of the quota removal when milk prices are trying to get out of a trough.

This week, Friesland Campina announced a 75 cents drop in its guaranteed April milk price at €33.25 per 100 kilos of milk. This comes after an eight per cent and 10 per cent drop in the global price index.

In the US, milk prices have tumbled 30 per cent in six months. The South East Uniform Milk Price is back $6.57 on February 2014 at $19.24.

Scandinavian farmers, hit hard by the Russian ban in August last year, see a liberalised market as a threat to their industry.

However, a positive spin on Russian sanctions is that new buyers have been sought, putting the industry in good stead.

Concerns are also held by the European Milk Board which warns of over production. On Tuesday they said food conglomerates are doing well at a time when nation states are struggling.

They're concerned with rock bottom prices, after a record milk year in 2014, and processors holding bargaining power.

Going forward, politicians and farm leaders are calling for responsible, market oriented production to minimise over-supply.

TheDairySite newsletter is a day early on account of the Easter break. On behalf of all at 5mPublishing, best wishes at this time.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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How do I Test Soil Health on My Farm?
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USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 26 March 2015
UK Milk Prices and Composition of Milk –February 2015
Irish CSO Reports - Livestock Slaughterings February 2015

Global Dairy Industry News


Swiss Must Knock Down Trade Barriers, Says Report

   United States

US Plan to Combat and Prevent Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Asian Meat, Dairy Demand Drives Animal Feed Innovation
COOL No Impact on Canadian Cattle Trade, Says Report
Canada Remains Top Destination for High Value US Ag Exports

   Russian Federation

Experts Monitor FMD Outbreak in Russian Cattle

   United Kingdom

Farmers Union of Wales Unveils Election Priorities
Cow Bile Potion Kills Superbug
Climate Change Adaptation May Bring Its Own Threats
Do Milk and Dairy Products Raise Risk of Heart Disease?
NOAH Calls for Evidence-based Decisions on Future Legislation
Arla Price Increase a "Wake-up Call" to Others
UK Public Confused Over Farm Drugs
Processing Capacity Prioritised by Scots and Welsh
Agriculture Industries Call for Future Growth, Sustainability


Cows Not All Equal in Grass Staggers Risk
Disputes Panel Set For Russia's EU Trade Tariffs
Rise of the Non-Cow Dairy
Water Management Crucial for Sustainable Food


Cattle Growth Hormone Found to Effect Fish Sexual Behaviour

   New Zealand

Boost for New Sustainable Farming Projects
Bacteria Can Fight Forage-Destroying Plantain Moth


Thousands of Cattle Stranded on Way to China


OIE: More Foot and Mouth Cases in Botswana


China Welcomes Second Batch of Chile Heifers


“Positive” Trade Deal to Hurt Irish Beef Sector
Ireland Faces Significant Superlevy as Quota Era Ends


Minimum Milk Price From Colombian Government

   European Union

How Will the End of Milk Quotas Affect My Farm?

   Korea, South

South Korea Imports Vaccine After FMD Outbreaks


OIE Joins World Health Day Celebrations


Indian Dairy Sector to Grow by 15.6 Per Cent in Next Financial Year
Mumbai to Get Cow Re-hab Centre
Amul to Set up Camel Dairy in India


Resource Efficiency Theme to Anuga FoodTec


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