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Agribusiness Review November 2012

Agribusiness Review
November 2012

Please find attached Rabobank’s latest Agribusiness Review for Australia and New Zealand.

Prepared by the bank’s Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory division (FAR), the report provides monthly commentary on New Zealand and Australian agricultural conditions.

Key highlights:

• October was cool and stormy over much of New Zealand. While in most areas of southern Australia, October was drier-than-normal. Averaged across Australia, it was the tenth driest October on record. The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) remained within the neutral range throughout October, meaning the chances of entering into El Niño this year or early next year are unlikely.

• Relative calm has returned to global financial markets over the course of the past month. On the economic front, the United States (US) economy has indicated some positive momentum of late with the labour market consolidating recent gains.

• The NZD and AUD both remain range bound at elevated levels against the USD. Current Rabobank forecasts expect both currencies to remain firm at around current levels in the short-term.

• Through October international dairy commodity continued to strength in USD terms, albeit at a slow pace. Global supply across the key export supply regions is slowing in response rising feed costs, lower milk prices, and in some region less than favourable weather. Seasonal peaks in milk flows for New Zealand and Australia have now passed.

• The last quarter of the year is traditionally the seasonal peak for slaughter rates in the United States. As has been the case for most of 2012, dairy cow slaughter is driving up overall US slaughter as US dairy producers grapple with high feed costs. The beef cow slaughter rate is sitting well below five year averages. The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) finished October at AUD 341c/kg; down from AUD 360c/kg at the end of September.

• Global grains and oilseeds markets trended lower in October as US harvest pressure along with a lack of bullish news helped improve market sentiment. The Australian harvest has progressed well with northern parts of the cropping regions on both the east and west coasts rapidly nearing completion. Given global supply constraint export demand for Australian grains and oilseeds is expected to remain strong into Q1 2013.

• Across the global fertiliser complex prices (in USD terms) remain relatively stable. Demand in South America is cautious while export availability is limited by the closing of the low export tax windows. Global trading activity is expected to pick up in the early stages on 2013 with large crop plantings expected in the Northern Hemisphere.

To view the full report, please follow this link:
Australia and New Zealand Agribusiness Review

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