NZ dairy farmers receive milk price boost

The co-op also boosted its 2017/18 farmgate milk price forecast by 20 cents (10.3 pence) to NZ$6.75 (£3.49) a kgMS.

Chairman John Wilson said the strong 2018/19 opening milk price will be welcome news for farmers as they look ahead to the new season.

“What we are seeing is a continued positive global supply and demand picture,” he says.

“Demand is expected to remain strong – especially from China. We are expecting the global dairy market’s current prices, especially for fats, to continue throughout the new season.”

Fonterra is also forecasting New Zealand 2018/19 milk collections to be 1,525 million kgMS, a 1.5-per-cent increase on its forecast for the current season, and expects to see a lift in supply from the European Union, United States, Australia and Argentina.

Wilson says the 2017/18 price forecast increase reflects a global supply and demand picture that continues to be positive for farmers.

“Global dairy prices have risen since the start of the season,” he says

By: Terri Dougan

Source: FarmWeek

Link: https://farmweek.com/nz-dairy-farmers-receive-milk-price-boost/

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