State’s milk on move up

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de­crease in dwelling com­mence­ments com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year.

“Ex­ports of Aus­tralia’s wood prod­ucts are higher than ever, reach­ing a record $3.4 bil­lion on the back of strong de­mand for round­wood, newsprint and mis­cel­la­neous for­est prod­ucts,” he said.

The Chi­nese mar­ket ac­counted for the ma­jor­ity of to­tal wood prod­uct ex­port growth and nearly half of Aus­tralia’s ex­ports went to China. TAS­MA­NIA bucked the na­tional trend for milk pro­duc­tion in Septem­ber by in­creas­ing its out­put.

While the na­tional to­tal de­creased by 0.6 per cent for the month, Dairy Aus­tralia’s milk pro­duc­tion re­port shows Tas­ma­nia in­creased pro­duc­tion in Septem­ber by 1.5 per cent,.

Year to date pro­duc­tion from July 1 in Tas­ma­nia has lifted by 0.7 per cent to 1,129,000 litres.

Na­tional year-to-date pro­duc­tion was up 1.0 per cent to 2,280,998 litres.

DairyTas ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jonathan Price said the state was on track to pro­duce about 876,000 litres of milk for the year, which would be about 4 per cent up on the 2016-2017 to­tal of 835,000 litres.

“The ex­tended cool and wet con­di­tions in early spring last year de­layed pas­ture growth and milk pro­duc­tion, then in Oc­to­ber it re­ally Mr Price said.

“The dry in the dairy farm­ing area in the North-East is caus­ing some mid-term con­cern. The ma­jor­ity of dairy ar­eas are con­sid­er­ing ir­ri­gat­ing.”

Mean­while, milk pow­der ex­ports from Aus­tralia to China are ex­pected to hit 43,000 tonnes this year after a surge in out-of-cy­cle buy­ing.

Ru­ral Bank gen­eral man­ager of agribusi­ness An­drew Smith said in 2012 China im­ported 20,000 tonnes of milk pow­der, then 29,000 in 2014 and 30,000 last year.

Ru­ral Bank’s Ag An­swers dairy up­date shows ex­ports to China rose 53 per cent for Jan­uary to Au­gust com­pared with the same pe­riod last year.

In July China im­ported 2.8 times more milk pow­der com­pared with July last year. In Au­gust, it im­ported 3.4 times the vol­ume of Au­gust last year. kicked on,”

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