Big jump across the board in latest Global Dairy Trade auction

Posted 10 months ago

Christmas joy has come early for New Zealand dairy farmers as prices leapt 4.6 per cent across the board in the latest Global Dairy Trade auction (https://www.globaldairytrade.info/en/product-results/), held overnight, with all indexes trending upwards.

Crucially, the Whole Milk Powder price – the biggest influencer on Fonterra’s Farmgate milk price – charged ahead by 5.0 per cent to an average US$3,182/MT.

The Skim Milk Powder index – the second biggest influencer on milk price – followed closely behind, with a 3.6 per cent jump to an average US$2,889/MT.

Showing the biggest lift, but with very little in the way of volume on offer, Lactose shot up 13.5 per cent to an average US$1,004/MT.

The fats all showed increases as well – led by butter with a 3.8 per cent rise to an average US$3,986/MT. Anhydrous Milk Fat followed with a 2.6 per cent rise to an average US$4,278/MT, Cheddar came in up 2.4 per cent to an average US$3,734/MT and finally Butter Milk Powder increased 1.3 per cent to an average US$2,731/MT, but with very little product on offer also.

A total of 32,062MT of product was sold – lower than in recent auctions, but still attracting 112 bidders over 16 rounds.

In a market update on October 15, Fonterra increased the midpoint of its forecast Farmgate milk price for the 2020/21 season by 40 cents to $6.80, but retained its $1 range of between $6.30 and $7.30.