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New Zealand: Milk prices ease up in first GDT of 2024

Cheddar Cheese
Published Jan 8, 2024

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Milk prices increased by 1.2% on the first GDT of 2024, with an overall average price of US$3363 a tonne and whole milk powder selling for US$3290. Results were mixed across other categories, with gains in some areas and falls in others. Analysts are interested to see how the price trajectory will develop in the coming GDT events of 2024.
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Milk prices started the New Year on a positive note with a 1.2% rise in the overall average index price in the first GDT for 2024. The overall average price on the January 2 auction was US$3363 a tonne with whole milk powder up 2.5%, selling for US$3290. Results across other categories were mixed, with gains in AMF (0.2%) and butter (2.1%), and falls in cheddar (2.4%), SMP (0.9%), lactose (5%) and butter milk powder (0.1%). NZX dairy analyst Rosalind Crickett said that while the results are shy of where the SNX-NZX derivatives market was prior to the event, the market usually is quieter at this time of year with the index price often easing. Prior to the event, Fonterra had made no changes to its 12-month GDT volumes forecast off the previous GDT Event. However, the volume figures are reduced across the product mix from this time last year, she said. Buyers’ activity was also varied with North Asia being the top bidder for ...
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