Moderate gains as outlook lifts

GLOBAL dairy market analysts Freshagenda have released their latest forecast for 2016/17 and 2017/18 farmgate milk prices in southern Australia, and say the news is positive for farmers.

WMP and $A drive index lower

THE Australian dairy export index fell at the end of the first week of 2017 after four consecutive weekly rises, due to weaker WMP prices and a stronger Australian dollar.

Export index hits 30 month high

THE Australian dairy export index rose to its highest point since 14 April 2014 this week, reflecting stronger commodity prices and a weaker Australian dollar.

Mixed signals drive index lower

THE Australian dairy export index retreated slightly this week, down 0.7% due to a higher Australian dollar and despite stronger butter prices.

More changes at the top for MG

THE upheaval in senior ranks continues at embattled processor Murray Goulburn with the departure of Chief Operating Officer Fiona Smith.

Export index jumps 9%

The Australian dairy export index jumped this week, a weaker Australian dollar combining with mostly higher commodity prices to add 9%.

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THE Australian dairy export index rose 1.6% this week, reaching its highest point since March 2015, but it was all due to a weaker Australian dollar, as commodity prices were unchanged.

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FOR most of the past year, dairy market watchers, including us, have been focussed on the EU and to a lesser extent New Zealand.

Slight fall in export index

THE Australian dairy export index dropped 0.3% this week, on the back of weaker WMP and Cheddar prices and despite a weaker currency.

VDL to send fresh Tassie milk to China

THE ANNOUNCEMENT that Van Diemen’s Land Farms (VDL Farms) plans to export about 10 million litres of Tasmanian milk directly to China is good news for dairy farmers, according to the state’s peak industry body.

Milk powder weighs on index

THE Australian dairy export index retreated by 2.4% this week, on the back of weaker milk powder prices and a slightly stronger currency.

Climbing back up the hill

WITH farmers no doubt focussed on the big wet across southern Australia, we’ll keep our focus on how the dairy market is behaving in the background, and what it means for farmgate prices. 

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When butter and chocolate collide

TWO New Zealand companies Lewis Road Creamery and Whittakers have teamed up to deliver what must be every dairy lover’s dream: chocolate butter.

Milking it - Ice cream for dogs

EFFORTS to extend the market for dairy know no bounds, with an American company The Bear and The Rat, creating a yoghurt-based ice cream for dogs.