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Global milk production continues to fall

Global milk productionThe combined milk production of the five main exporting regions continued its decline in August, with the daily milk production equivalent down 0.3% compared with July.

Despite being the start of the new season in the southern hemisphere, NZ milk production in August, was down 2.7% on August last year.

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Sustained low farmgate prices in Europe have meant that EU28 production has continued to fall month-on-month for the last four months.

However, the drop in production appears to finally be stabilising, with a fall of just 0.1% month-on-month in August.

Four of the five key regions have recorded year-on-year decreases for cumulative production from April to August. Argentina was down 16.8%, Australia down 7.3%, New Zealand down 1.1% and the EU28 down 0.3%.

Only the U.S. has shown an increase, with production 1.3% higher than the same period in 2015.

September production figures are available for the US and NZ. Seasonally adjusted milk production in the US is showing a further increase, and production is now running 2.1% above September last year. NZ production in September is put at 1.1% up on last year, partly reversing the deficit recorded in August.

September production figures are not yet available for Australia, Argentina or EU28.

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