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Fresh Aussie dairy hits shelves in China

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The first supplies of Australian fresh milk have started flowing to China following a new trade deal.  

Dairy producers in NSW and Queensland are set to benefit significantly from the deal, with an additional 20 million litres of milk expected to be exported over the next year.  

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the new trade deal demonstrated a great industry-led initiative by NSW dairy processor cooperative Norco and dairy Connect NSW to develop the market and showed that Australia is open for business.  

“Over the next year alone, Norco is expecting to export the equivalent of 10 Olympic-sized swimming pools of fresh milk to China, demonstrating the increasing international demand for Australia’s high quality dairy produce,” Minister Joyce said.  

With potential retail prices in China of $7 to $9 per litre of milk the new trade deal would provide better returns for Australian producers at the farmgate.  

“We are hopeful that this is the first of many new opportunities for Australia’s fresh milk products to gain access to the expanding Chinese market,” Minister Joyce said.  

China is currently Australia’s second largest market for mostly long life milk, accounting for 20 percent of Australia's total milk and cream exports.  

Dairy is one of Australia's top five agricultural export earning commodities, making a massive contribution to our $38 billion of agricultural exports with about 40 percent of our total milk production being exported in the form of dairy products.  

“Australia produces some of the highest quality milk in the world and it’s become all too clear that growing demand from markets like China provide new and exciting opportunities for Australian agriculture,” Minister Joyce said.  

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