In the wider international market, the balance between supply and demand pressures is keeping commodity prices stable in the short term.

The balance in global dairy supply and demand has improved markedly in recent months, while closer to home farmers are seeing some improvement in drivers of farm profitability, according to Dairy Australia’s February 2017 Situation and Outlook report released today.

New forage index adds value

DAIRY farmers can now make more informed, profitable decisions when choosing the best perennial ryegrass for their farming system and forage needs, following the launch of the Australian Forage Value Index (FVI).

The ACCC inquiry, launched by the Federal Government, and a Senate inquiry, led by Jacqui Lambie, are running simultaneously and industry submissions to both are similar

A BETTER deal for farmers in contracts, abolition of  retrospective “clawback” payments and the impacts of $1L milk were just some of the many topics canvassed in submissions to the two whole-of-sector dairy inquiries currently underway.

US President Donald Trump

The flurry of orders from the desk of Donald Trump as US President while unexpected of an elected world leader, should have come as no surprise: Trump is doing what he promised with the blunt force and lack of consultation that he threatened.

Fonterra Australia MD René Dedoncker

FONTERRA Australia has lifted its average farmgate milk price to $5.20 per kilogram of milk solids (kgMS), it's forecast closing price for the 2016/17 season.

Michelin star chef Steven Liu

Western-style breakfast is on the rise in China with Fonterra saying rising incomes and a growing middle class in China are fuelling demand for items such as butter, cream and cheese.

No dairy levy poll

There will be no dairy levy poll this year unless farmers band together and demand one by lodging a petition.

Mick Keogh

Australia’s corporate watchdog Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is inviting dairy farmers to share any concerns they may have about competition and fair trading at a series of public forums around the country.

Michael Harvey

The global milk supply ‘crunch’ continues to bite, negating a further build-up of stocks and fuelling further upside to the current price rally, according to Rabobank’s latest dairy outlook.

VDL Farms chief executive David Beca, Moon Lake Chairman Mr Lu Xianfeng and Moon Lake Managing Director Sean Shwe during a farm last year.

VDL Farms' CEO David Beca has resigned. His resignation was due to the new ownership structure. Moon Lake Investments acquired VDL from New Zealand's New Plymouth Council last year.

Tassie development attracts Victorian interest

VICTORIA'S dairy industry has scale and history, but Tasmania has new irrigation water and new investment - which is why a Westpac-sponsored group of innovative Victorian farmers recently travelled across Bass Strait.

The National Wine Centre in Adelaide will host the conference.

WESTVIC Dairy, along with the WestVic Dairy Young Dairy Network, is offering the opportunity for two young farmers to attend the Australian Dairy Conference next month in Adelaide.

Connect with community at IDW 2017

WITH 2016 being a tough year for many in the dairy community, now more than ever International Dairy Week is fantastic opportunity for friends to connect, new friends to be made and the business of determining this season’s best cows in their class to be made. 

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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.