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    February 14, 2011 -- Dairy prices look set to stay high, boosted by low rates of production growth in major exporters, as well as demand from Algeria, which looks set to add milk products to its shopping list of food imports. Rabobank analysts said it was "increasingly likely" that dairy prices, which are at their highest since July 2008, would "remain at elevated levels in the short term". In North America, Milk Producers Council analyst John Kaczor said that prices for dairy process were "much higher than expected, and it looks like more of the same is being forecast at least through mid-year and possibly well beyond". The forecasts come amid speculation that Algeria, a major importer of milk powder, is accelerating dairy purchases, as it already has done for wheat, to keep food prices in check, and help avoid the civil unrest which has toppled regimes elsewhere in North Africa. Tunisia, which has already ousted its president, bought 100,000 tonnes of soft wheat after a tender closed on Saturday, traders said, while in the Middle East, Iraq purchased 350,000 tonnes of Australia and U.S. wheat.

    "The prospect of Algeria and India entering the market to source supplies now appears increasingly likely," at a time when Chinese demand already appeared "insatiable", Rabobank said. "This additional demand would only serve to compound the tight global supply situation." Indeed, world milk production has fallen below expectations, depressed largely by poor weather in New Zealand, the top exporter, where output was dented by a cold spring, followed up by drought in northern areas. While drought had broken this year, "the impact of cows culled, lost production and cows dried-off early will be evident… in production struggling to stay ahead of last year through the rest of the season", Rabobank said. New Zealand output, the driver of world export supplies when winter suppresses output from northern hemisphere producers such as Europe and the U.S., was running only 0.5% higher year on year, well below earlier forecasts.

    Meanwhile, rising feed costs began at the close of 2011 to take a toll on output growth in America. Mr Kaczor termed as a "cruel twist of fate" initial expectations that feed prices for the U.S. dairy industry had risen in the last quarter of 2010, preventing farmers from exploiting higher milk prices. "What a shame. Dairy product prices seem poised to approach levels reached three years ago, but this time are likely to be substantially offset by higher costs of production," he said, urging farmers to consider grain futures as a way of protecting margins. The comments come ahead of the latest internet auction on Tuesday run by Fonterra, the New Zealand dairy giant. The last auction, on February 1, saw Fonterra's main dairy index reaching its highest since July 2008.

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    Sonia Lyes :


    Lundi 21 Février 2011 -- Un accord de coopération d’un montant de 2,228 milliards d’euros pour développer la filière lait a été signé ce lundi 21 février à Alger entre l’institut technique d’élevage (ITE) et le groupe français «Bretagne International», rapporte l’agence APS. Cet accord, qui intervient à l’occasion de la visite de Jean‑Pierre Raffarin, porte notamment sur la formation des intervenants dans le processus de production de lait, en particulier les éleveurs. Étalé sur trois ans, l’accord consiste dans une première phase à former des éleveurs dans trois wilayas (Blida, Relizane et Souk Ahras) sur les techniques d’élevage et de production de lait. Dans une seconde phase, il s’agit de nouer des partenariats entre des entreprises spécialisées françaises et algériennes. L'Algérie consomme plus de 3,3 milliards de litres de lait par an et ne produit actuellement que 1,3 milliard de litres. Récemment, l’Algérie a connu une pénurie de lait qui a suscité des mécontentements parmi la population.

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