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Weather pushing up demand for milk
By ALI TOCKER
Global dairy commodity prices are
continuing to trend up, due to weather
extremes in the main milk producing
countries, says Rabobank.
This trend was expected to continue in
coming months, with milk production
likely to fall further in most key dairy
export regions, the specialist agribusin-
ess bank said in its latest monthly report.
Demand on the other hand was picked to
''Key import regions will continue
working through any accumulated
inventories in the early months of 2013,
preventing a surge in prices, however
buyers will eventually need to re-enter
the market,'' the report said.
In New Zealand, the withdrawal of
fertiliser products containing the
ingredient DCD, while not a health risk,
had led to uncertainty for consumers.
The need for testing regimes and
regulations globally would take some
time to address, Rabobank said.
Nationally, milk production was up
about 5 per cent this season to date, but
dry weather was taking its toll in the
North Island with milk production now
falling significantly. ''Milk flows are
likely to start falling behind the prior
year on a monthly basis from February
onwards,'' the bank said.
In Australia, milk production was down
1.3 per cent in December, and year-to-
date production was up 0.5 per cent year-
Milk flows were expected to come in
below expectations over the final months
of the season, due to weather effects.
Floods were having a small negative
impact in parts of New South Wales and
Queensland, and a heat wave in southern
Australia was impacting milk yields.
for DNA testing
By DIANE BISHOP
The demand for DNA parent-
age testing has resulted in
strong financial performance
for dairy farmer co-operative
In the six months to Novem-
ber 2012, the company
achieved revenue of $131.5
million compared to $120.1m
for the same period in 2011.
Chairman Murray King said the result was due to
farmers investing in the products which drive
prosperity, despite conservative times.
Demand grew with increases of 7.6 percent in herd
testing, 10.9 percent in dairy genetics, 31. 9 percent
in DNA parentage testing, 17.6 percent in farm
software, 2.7 percent in farm automation systems
and 21.1 percent increase in animal health testing
services such as BVD testing.
Mr King said in good and challenging times
farmers invest in products which will have a
material impact on the profitability of their
animals and the performance of their farms and
growth in demand has been seen across all
product and service offerings.
The Livestock Improvement balance sheet
remains strong with total equity of $214.6 million
compared to $199.7 million at the same time last
It's like this: ADF Milking South Island sales manager Nigel Wilson, left, demonstrates the revolutionary milking system to Jason Duff, of Balfour,
Gerald Turnbull, of Te Tipua, and Ryan McKenzie, of Seaward Downs, at the Southern Dairy Expo.
Photo: DIANE BISHOP. 627650125
Expo a hit with farmers
But some exhibitors say they were just looking
By DIANE BISHOP
The Southern Dairy Expo has been
hailed a success by organisers.
More than 700 people attended the event
at Clydevale on Wednesday where
around 150 exhibitors, from machinery
through to animal health and fertiliser
companies, showcased their wares.
Convener Dave Wardell said the event
was aimed at the growing dairy industry.
Twenty years ago the Clydevale area was
dominated by sheep but the dairy
industry had grown to such an extent
that an event, like the Southern Dairy
Expo, had been necessary.
Mr Wardell said about 90 per cent of the
exhibitors he talked to were ''pretty
happy with the day'', but others spoken
to by the Otago Southland Farmer said it
hadn't been that successful.
Marcel van Hazendonk, of Schouten
Machines, said there were a lot of retired
farmers and dairy workers at the event,
but not many serious dairy farmers.
''There were a lot of tyre-kickers,'' he
Mr van Hazendonk said while it was
important to be seen at the expo, he said
he had spent three days preparing for the
event for little return.
He thought holding it on a Saturday may
be a better idea as it could bring more
ADF milking South Island sales manager
Nigel Wilson said there was a lot of
interest in their Automatic Dipping and
Flushing milking system.
A relatively new concept, the system had
only been in the country for the past
three years, and was key to helping
control mastitis and breaking the cycle of
cross-contamination in dairy herds.
The system had been installed in 50 sheds
in New Zealand, with five in Southland
and two in Otago.
''It's reducing production losses and
giving farmers peace of mind.
''One farmer bought it solely for the
health benefits to his cows,'' Mr Wilson
Veehof Dairy Services Ltd owner Fred
Hoekstra said it was important to be seen
at events, like the expo, because his
competition was there, but wondered if
there were too many field days in the
Mr Hoekstra said he was busy
showcasing his hoofcare products for
about four hours before it quietened
Mr Wardell said he had hoped more
people would have attended the expo, but
he was pleased with the gate-takings.
''We asked for a gold coin and people
were very generous.''
The money raised would go towards the
Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter and
various community projects.
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