State’s milk on move up
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,”