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Situation & Outlook Report



Dairy Australia is the Australian dairy industry’s go-to source for the latest international and domestic market trends, statistics and facts, providing expert analysis and unbiased insights.

With ongoing favourable conditions in most regions, many dairy farmers are enjoying one of the best seasons in years as outlined in the latest Situation and Outlook report. As the La Nina weather event generated a generally wetter and cooler summer, feed production has continued to improve. Farmers have been able to store significant amounts of fodder for the winter months and demand for purchased feed is expected to be muted for some time.

Despite improved operating conditions, milk production growth has been affected by a smaller national herd, labour shortages and continued farm exits. Dairy Australia has revised its milk production forecast to a -1% to +1% change in the national milk pool this season.

Globally, the report describes how demand for dairy has continued to gain momentum as more countries emerge from lockdowns. This has seen commodity prices increase, with milkfat products, like butter and cream, in particular experiencing a resurgence over the past few months. In addition, commodity price increases have been supported by slowing milk supply growth.

  • Situation and Outlook Report March 2021

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In the latest episode of DairyPod, co-founder of Gippsland Jersey Sallie Jones talks to Dairy Australia’s John Droppert about Gippsland Jerseys approach to building value into dairy products admits the volatile market environment outlined in the latest March Situation and Outlook report.

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Dairy Australia Podcast 45 - Situation and Outlook March 2021

In the latest episode of DairyPod, co-founder of Gippsland Jersey Sallie Jones talks to Dairy Australia’s John Droppert about Gippsland Jerseys approach to building value into dairy products admits the volatile market environment outlined in the latest March Situation and Outlook report.
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Milk production

Operating conditions have continued to improve over summer. Despite a favourable outlook at the farmgate, milk production growth has failed to materialise as factors like a smaller national herd and labour shortages add production limitations this season. There are also continued farm exits as a result of strong land and beef prices. Accordingly, Dairy Australia has revised its milk production forecast to a -1% to +1% change in the national milk pool this season.

Australian market

Consumer demand for all major dairy products remain high. Food service outlet sales such as restaurants and cafes have started to recover as COVID-19 restrictions ease with a positive flow-on effect on domestic demand for dairy. Retail sales of cheese grew 10.3% in volume and 17.5% in value in the past year, with milk and yellow spread sales rising 4.3% and 8% respectively.

Disclaimer: Source: NielsenIQ Homescan based on a continuous panel of 10,000 households; excludes non-private dwellings & businesses, non-permanently occupied households & out-of-home/impulse purchasing. DAIRY AUSTRALIA calculation based in part on data reported by Nielsen through its Homescan Service for the dairy category for the 52-week period ending 26/12/2020 and 24/01/2021, for the total Australian market, according to the Nielsen standard product hierarchy. Copyright (c) 2021, Nielsen Consumer LLC.

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