Milk production up

A 10.2 per cent increase in milk production for the month of June has allowed Tasmanian dairy farmers to finish the 2016-17 financial year strongly.


Dairy farmers are being short changed

MY PARTNER’S alarm goes off at 3am. I don’t wake, I’m used to it. He might get home for a quick breakfast at 9am but as calving begins and the weather deteriorates I’ll be lucky to see him before noon, by which time he’s starving and exhausted. He won’t be back till 8pm for a shower and dinner, after which he crawls into bed, absolutely shattered. By: SARAH FALLON


Milk prices increased in Oceania 

On July 27, Fonterra announced to the New Zealand farmers a forecast Farmgate Milk Price for the 2017/2018 season increased by 0.25 New Zealand Dollars, to NZD 6.75 per kilogram of milksolids (kgMS) or about 4.17 €/kgMS. Converted into milk, the price increased roughly from 29.7 to 30.9 €/100kg of milk 4.0% fat and 3.4% protein mass/mass (ref. Germany, current change of reference: 1NZD = 0.618€).


Milk production down 6.9% for year

The breakdown of Victorian figures shows Northern Victoria took a big hit to production, down 16.5%.
Australian milk production fell 6.9 per cent in 2016-17, according to the latest figures from Dairy Australia. By: CARLENE DOWIE