Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Dairy prices dip - the continued collapse of dairy prices

The news you were supposed to miss: a report from ‘Pravda’

Dairy prices dip again

    Friesian cow.
Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

20 January, 2015

Prices dipped slightly in the global dairy trade auction overnight.

The overall price index fell 1.4 percent to $US2405 per tonne, and follows a 1.6 percent drop in the first auction of the year.

Whole milk powder eased by 0.5 percent to $US2188 per tonne.

That price is falling further away from the break-even range for farmers, who need it to reach about $US3000 or more. It has not been at that level since March last year.

Apart from butter milk powder and anhydrous milk fat, all other products sold at the fortnightly auction fell in price.

AgriHQ Dairy analyst Susan Kilsby said the auction results aligned with market expectations.

Ms Kilsby said global demand for dairy commodities continued to be weak compared to milk supply around the world.

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