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Milk Output Plummets 10 per cent in March

24 May 2013

AUSTRALIA - Milk production across the country is down 9.6 per cent, Dairy Australia has announced.

The year to date decrease has been called at 2.3 per cent with downturn seen across all territories. Monthly national output is steady although lower - around the 600 million litres mark.

Output has crashed in South Australia and Queensland, both seeing drops of over 10 per cent lower.
Victoria remained the dairy giant of Australia, producing over 60 per cent of national milk – 5,368.5 litres so far this season.

Within the state, consistency of output was seen in northern areas last month with only a 1 per cent decrease on March and a year to date increase of 4.6 per cent.

In Gippsland and Western areas however, production plummeted 18 and 13 per cent respectively.

Second in state share of production for April was New South Wales at just under 13 per cent of national output.

Around 10 per cent of the country’s milk comes from Tasmania which saw a 9.3 per cent drop in output last month – 55,830,000 litres were produced.

Content figures are falling for both milkfat and protein. Since the 08/09 season all state figures for both constituent are down.

Victoria (4.52 per cent) and Tasmania (4.7 per cent) have the highest milk fat counts, above the Australian average of 4.42 per cent.

Protein is also led by Tasmania and averaged 3.45 nationally.

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