Monday, 23 March 2020 12:44

COVID-19: Dairy prices fall again

Written by  Staff Reporters
Global dairy prices have slumped for the fourth consecutive time. Global dairy prices have slumped for the fourth consecutive time.

Global dairy prices fell for the fourth consecutive time at the Global Dairy Trade auction last week.

The overnight Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction on Wednesday saw the price index drop by 3.9%; whole milk powder prices dropped 4.2% to US$2797/metric tonne.

Rabobank senior dairy analyst Emma Higgins says clearly the onset of coronavirus stalled the upward trajectory in global dairy prices visible in late 2019 and the corona hangover continues as evidenced by the GDT Event. 

She says the results are now the fourth decline for 2020.

“The GDT Price Index moved lower by 4% with average prices now sitting below USD 3,000/tonne (USD 2,980/tonne). This is now in line with average prices back in January last year. Buyers and sellers are still scrambling to assess the market impact as the spread of the virus moves from China to more broadly across the globe.”

Key results

AMF index up 1.0%, average price US$4,331/MT

Butter index up 0.3%, average price US$4,144/MT

BMP not offered

Ched index up 2.6%, average price US$4,398/MT

LAC index up 4.9%, average price US$914/MT

RenCas index up 1.0%, average price US$9,987/MT

SMP index down 8.1%, average price US$2,527/MT

SWP index not available, average price not available

WMP index down 4.2%, average price US$2,797/MT

More like this

Tough time on farm for many

Under pressure from drought and COVID-19, Woodville dairy farmer Ben Allomes says: ‘we can’t shut our doors and just walk away’.

Featured

 

Tough time on farm for many

Under pressure from drought and COVID-19, Woodville dairy farmer Ben Allomes says: ‘we can’t shut our doors and just walk away’.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

Milking It

Cruelty to cows

The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society, a lobby defending animals used in science has turned its attention to Lincoln University.

» Connect with Dairy News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter