Oceania Dairy Market Overview



MADISON - Jan 21/16 - SNS -- The USDA published its latest review of dairy market conditions in Australia and New Zealand today.

OCEANIA OVERVIEW:
Hay has benefitted from rain which has mitigated the dry conditions in
Northern Australia. This has resulted in increased paddock feed. The demand
for purchased feed has lessened as a result. Baling is difficult in coastal
areas as a result of continuing storms. Less hay is being shipped as a
consequence of the rain's impact on growth. Southern Australia continues to
have strong demand for hay following poor yields and an early end of the
season, leaving supplies low. Hugh demand is resulting in hay movements over
some distances to secure enough feed to see producers through the summer.
Hay exports remain significant in Western Australia. Trading is slow and the
impact of recent fires in hay country remains to be determined. At the January
19 GDT event #156, average prices ranged from 7.8% lower to 2.7% higher from the
prior event across categories. The change in all GDT price index from the previous
event is -1.4%, the second decline during 2016. The all contracts price averages
(US$ per MT) and percent changes from the previous average are: anhydrous milk
fat, $3,724 +2.4%; butter, $3,162 -5.9%; buttermilk powder, $1,620 +2.7%; cheddar
cheese, $2,867 -3.4%; lactose, $579 -1.7%; rennet casein, $4,405 -7.8%; skim milk
powder, $1,835 -3.2%; sweet whey powder, n.a.; and whole milk powder, $2,188 -
0.5%. The GDT results were preceded by lower futures prices. Some analysts say
that the GDT results are in line with market expectations, specifically weak
global demand for dairy products with increased production. November milk
production as reported by DCANZ was 2.980 million MT, down from 3.045 million MT
during November 2014 but higher than 2.961 million MT two years ago.
0930C Eric.Graf@ams.usda.gov  608.557.7005
USDA/AMS/Dairy Market News, Madison, Wisconsin
Dairy Market News website: http://www.ams.usda.gov/market-news/dairy
Dairy Market News database portal:
http://www.marketnews.usda.gov/mnp/da-home

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