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Milk production down across October

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According to Dairy Australia, national production of milk has slipped by nearly five percent for the month of October and 4.1 percent for the year.

John Droppert, Dairy Australia industry analyst said that the latest figures are due to poor seasonal conditions, however he says that overall, the milk season should fare better than last year, ABC Rural reports.

"It's going to be a slow turnaround, but we are expecting some of those figures to improve,” said Droppert.

"Not least of all because around this time last year is where it turned pretty bad and we started seeing some of those really horrific percentages, and so by comparison we're expecting this year to track pretty well compared to that."

Some good news for the dairy industry comes in the form of a new $40 million research and development partnership between Dairy Australia and the Victorian coalition government.

The funding will be used to help boost production and profitability over the next five years and will also include the creation of six new dairy research jobs in the state.


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