Tuesday, March 23, 2010

No World Surplus

There appears to be no great supply of milk in the world. Europe is mostly down and Oceania has nothing extra. Here's the latest from Dairy Market News:


MADISON, WI. March 18, 2010 (REPORT 11)


The milk production season in the Oceania region
continues to wind down. In New Zealand, milk volumes are
trailing projections, but milk handlers continue to project an
overall milk volume increase of 2% over last season at seasons
end. During the down side of the production season, some
areas were quite limited on moisture which negatively impacted
pasture growth and milk production. In recent days, some
moisture has fallen which will help pasture growth, but will
have minimal impact on milk output recovery. Milk handlers
state that the downward trend in milk output may level
somewhat. This is the time of the season when milk volumes
are shifted from one location to another if logistically and
financially feasible. In some instances, this is not possible
and plants continue to operate on reduced schedules. Casein
production has basically ceased for the season, although one
plant is still in operation due to logistic constraints. In
Australia, milk output is on the down side, although the
decline will hopefully not be as sharp as in some years and
some of the seasonal declines thus far can be recovered. Milk
producers and handlers are stating that rainfall during the
second half of the production season has been more favorable
than in recent years, thus pasture growth is being maintained
better by rainfall versus low irrigation water levels. Many
traders and handlers are stating that buyer interest appears
to be improving. In many instances, Oceania suppliers have
minimal, if any, product available for this buyer interest.
Many do indicate that their projected volume needs will not be
attained this season, but also state that they are comfortable
with their supply/demand situation at this time.


  1. I was in a Sam's club recently and there was NO whole milk on the shelf. There was an abundance of low fat, but no whole.

    Is this an indication of things to come?

  2. Do you think this means Fonterra will be buying our powder from their partners Dairy America and DFA to fill their orders around the world and paying whatever they want? It's time to out these crooks and get it on the front page.

  3. DFA reports profit jump on lower cost


  4. What are the legal steps for a DFA producer to request specific financial information or do the differences between co-ops and corporations prevent access to this information?

  5. Better talk to Carol Knight first.


  6. Yeah, I know, that's why I post on here as anon.
    Too bad we don't have Erin Brockovich to fight for us.

  7. Is it possible to take other approaches legally(in addition to anti-trust)to protect the farmer and the farmer's equity invested in DFA?

    To me, it appears that DFA is operating as a separate corporation and not a co-op.
    How many "side" ventures do they have?
    What are the execs payed?
    How much money is ciphoned into these so called businesses that should be going to pay the farmer?
    Who is auditing each business?
    Or is there money being transferred back and forth between the companies to hide it from the farmer?

    It's our MONEY you are using.
    It's our MILK you are using.

    If DFA does not have the goal of getting the farmer the highest price for milk, then DFA should give back the equity to the farmer and stop calling themselves a co-op.