Aust milk pro­duc­tion de­creases

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News - - Si­mone Smith

AUS­TRALIA’S milk pro­duc­tion con­tin­ues to slide as dry con­di­tions and a short­age of feed forces culling of cows.

Ac­cord­ing to Dairy Aus­tralia’s pre­lim­i­nary fig­ures milk pro­duc­tion for Au­gust was down 4.7 per cent com­pared with the same month last year.

At the end of Au­gust, fi­nan­cial year-to-date pro­duc­tion was down

3.9 per cent.

Last fi­nan­cial year Aus­tralia pro­duced 9.3 bil­lion litres.

Cull cows across Vic­to­rian sa­le­yards were up 33 per cent un­til the end of Au­gust com­pared with last year, with the av­er­age car­cass weight price down 12 per cent this year to 385.84c/kg, ac­cord­ing to data com­piled by Dairy Aus­tralia.

Un­til the end of Au­gust last year there were 11,804 dairy cows culled.

That num­ber has risen to

15,684 this year.

A meat pro­ces­sor re­cently re­ported a lift of

25–30 per cent in dairy cow num­bers dur­ing the past three months.

Cows sold di­rectly to pro­ces­sors are not in­cluded in sa­le­yard fig­ures.

Vic­to­rian milk pro­duc­tion was down 6.9 per cent for Au­gust com­pared with the same month last year, with a huge 11.9 per cent drop in western Vic­to­ria, ac­cord­ing to Dairy Aus­tralia fig­ures.

North­ern Vic­to­ria was down

2.9 per cent for Au­gust and Gipp­s­land pro­duc­tion fell

5.2 per cent. Queens­land and New South Wales, on the other hand, both down 4.6 per cent for Au­gust com­pared with the same month last year were – in some cases – into a se­cond year of dry con­di­tions, so the com­par­i­son was against weaker pro­duc­tion.

Mr Drop­pert said the pro­duc­tion de­cline at this point in the sea­son was a re­flec­tion of culling, but he pre­dicted later sea­son pro­duc­tion falls could be a re­sult of cut­ting back on feed or feed­ing poorer qual­ity for­age due to lack of avail­abil­ity.

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