Trade tensions between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping are worsening.

As you read this, the factors affecting the outlook for global commodity markets are finely balanced, with much swinging on the weather – so there’s nothing new. 

Australian farmer Chris Nixon has fed out his total storage of 5000 tonnes of dry matter and continues to buy hay and grain.

With feed costs almost doubling, one drought-stricken Australian dairy farmer has been deciding to regularly sell livestock. He would like the government to provide rate relief for farmers affected by drought.  

 
Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole.

There is now a 50:50 chance Britain will crash out of the European Union without any sort of deal concluded, says a recognised Irish commentator.

 
Milk production in Australia is ahead by 3-4% over last season.

Australian dairy farmers produced an estimated 650 million litres in March, an increase of 2% on March 2017. 

John Droppert, Dairy Australia.

Dairy Australia senior industry analyst John Droppert chaired a panel discussion on volatility in the dairy industry. Here are excerpts:

European dairy co-op Arla Foods will spend $850 million this year to expand its business.

While overall dairy exports from New Zealand and Australia are declining, the European Union is showing strong export growth, says Fonterra’s November Global Dairy Update.

Canadian dairy company Saputo says its acquisition of Murray Goulburn will add to and complement the activities of its dairy division in Australia.

Southern German dairying practice of keeping cows indoors 24/7 makes a convincing argument for getting cows out of winter cold -- or mid-summer heat -- and explaining why more cow barns are springing up in the south of New Zealand.

Milk production in Wales has changed dramatically in the last 30 years: in 1984 the country had 6500 producers; now it has 1730 achieving the same production.

 

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The sound of milk bottles is set to return to Marlborough.

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Fish & Game took umbrage at a Milking It story on farmer Dean Rabbidge and his tweet. It says contrary…

 
 

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