Fonterra on track to complete €25m investment
The world's largest dairy exporter has spent €13m on a water treatment plant and €12m on structuring improvements at the giant plant.

Fonterra plan to have the refurbishing completed for the start its manufacturing season at Whareroa after spending $20 million (€13.2m) on a water treatment plant and $18 million (€11.88m)on structuring improvements at the giant plant.

The co-op invested more than $50 million (€33m) in dry and cool storage at the same site between 2011 and 2015.

Paul Chubb, manager of the Whareroa plant in Taranaki, North Island said this site is strategically important to Fonterra because it produces 20% of the co-op’s wide range of dairy products including whole milk, skim milk, and buttermilk powder, milk protein and whey protein concentrates, lactic casein, butter, anhydrous milkfat and cheese.

A Taranaki Regional Council resource consent allows Fonterra to draw 30 million litres of water per day from the Tawhiti and Tangahoe rivers. At the seasons peak, the site uses 28 million litres of water per day, twice the amount of milk delivered for processing.

This plant was opened in 1973 by one of Fonterra’s founding members, Kiwi Dairies and closed down one of its original driers earlier this year as part of this refurbishment.

Read more

Fonterra officially open new extensions at Edendale

Ornua's PPI unchanged for June

Arla launches new liquid milk option with extra 25p returned direct to farmers

Big crowds in Millstreet for national dairy show
Tommy Heffernan the Journal Vet was down in Millstreet on Saturday at the National Dairy Show.

Crowds gathered early on Saturday at the Millstreet arena for the National Dairy Show. Strolling through the cow sheds, hair driers were buzzing and judging was underway with heifers in the ring being led into their positions.

With feet glossed and coats shining I followed one girl with her heifer into the ring. She was smiling ear to ear as the compliments flowed about her young yearling heifer.

There is a real feel of family at the show, from the competitors to the spectators alike. The serious business of judging took place in the afternoon when the overall winner was declared.

There is also a bustling trade fair with all sorts of agri-exhibitors. As lunch time approached the crowds were really starting to build. The thoroughfares were thronged by two o'clock and it seemed a lot of business was being done.

Positive mood

Chatting to some farmers from Mitchelstown the mood was good. ‘How could you not be smiling in weather like this’ one dairy farmer said. Many have not forgotten the tough summer in the south of Ireland and much discussion was about what way to prepare for next year.

Next week, Tommy Heffernan will have a full video report where he takes a look at what’s new in animal health from the show.

Read more

Neville family secures first dairy show championship

Milk production season makes strong start in New Zealand
An increased milk supply for the first three months of the New Zealand milking season is placing pressure on global dairy markets.

Milk production during the start of the milking season in New Zealand has continued to perform strongly, with July to September supplies up almost 6% on last year.

According to figures from Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand, a total of 358m kg of milk solids were produced from July to September, an increase of 180,000kg on 2017. This follows a strong winter milk production period during which supplies were up 12%.

While Irish dairy farms begin to enter the winter period, New Zealand farmers are approaching peak production. Last year, milk solid production peaked at 254m kg in October.

In September, milk solids finished at 219m kg, over 120,000kg ahead of the same time last year.

Price pressure

The increased production from New Zealand has seen dairy commodity prices come under pressure. The latest Global Dairy Trade auction recorded a small price index drop of 0.3% to US $2,885/t.

It is the fifth auction in a row to record a negative outcome. The index price has fallen by 15% since June.

Irish milk supplies also increased through September, up 10%. Announcing the Glanbia September milk price, Glanbia chair Martin Keane said this surge in supply coinciding with “a very strong start to the New Zealand milk production season”. This he said resulted in reduced forecast milk prices.

Read more

Fifth consecutive fall in GDT

Fonterra lowers its forecast milk price again

No change to Aurivo and Carbery milk prices for September
As co-ops continue to set September milk prices the trend as been no changes, but many boards have issued warnings of weakening market returns.

Both Aurivo and Carbery have held their September milk prices. The co-ops are the latest to announce September prices after Glanbia, Lakeland, Kerry and Dairygold all held their prices.

Carbery suppliers will continue to receive 32.8c/l excluding VAT. Those in Aurivo will receive 30.4c/l excluding VAT.

However, an Aurivo spokesperson said: “The decision to hold prices comes despite weakening market returns, which Aurivo will continue to monitor in the coming months.”

Milk supply across Ireland was up by about 10% for the month of September compared with the same period last year.

Read more

August milk prices hold steady