January milk collections rose 3.3% YOY bringing season to date production 1.0% ahead of the prior season comparable. Dairy Australia reported production lifted across most states, except for South Australia and Western Australia.
In Victoria, January collections rose 3.2% YOY, lifting season to date collections 0.8% above the prior season. Collections in Western Vic rose 6.5% YOY, while Northern VIC intake lifted 3.5% YOY for the month. Gippsland production edged up 0.4% YOY in October. NSW input was 4.5% higher YOY in January, putting seasonal intake 1.7% ahead of the comparable. Tasmania’s production jumped 5.9% YOY in January, with season to date production 2.6% ahead of the prior year. SA production was flat in January compared the last year, however season to date production for the state remains 2.6% ahead of the prior year comparable. Seasonal intake in Queensland remains 2.6% behind the prior year, despite January collections lifting 3.6% YOY.
Meanwhile, Fonterra Australia reported a 4.5% YOY increase in January intake to 9.7m kgMS driven by favourable seasonal conditions post peak in Victoria and Tasmania. Fonterra’s season to date intake is 1.3% behind the prior season comparable. Reduced her number combined with increased consumption of home-grown fodder in place of bought-in supplementary feed are constraining Australian milk production according to Fonterra.