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EMB Figures Show Varied Picture Across Europe's Dairies

07 January 2013

EU - The variation of farmgate milk prices across Europe has been highlighted by the European Milk Board (EMB) Milk Price Review of major buyers for the second half of 2012. Figures given are in cents per litre (c/l).

Figures for Austrian company Michliefergenossenschaft of Lower Austria (MGN) showed stagnation from July to September with prices of 25.99 cents after a drop of 1.5 cents from 27.49 in June.

There was variation between the dairying giants Freisland Campina (FC) and DMK who, like all German dairies, calculate their prices on the basis of 4.0 per cent butterfat and 3.4 per cent protein.

From July up to and including October the price offered by Freisland Campina did not drop, gaining 1.5 cents in July to 30 c/l and a further 2 cents in August. After prices were held in September they rose by another cent for October reaching 33 c/l.

DMK, reported to be the largest German dairy company, remained below their rival (FC), starting the second half of 2012 with 28 c/l before a September and October lift of 2 cents respectively leaving the price at 32 c/l.

In Denmark Arla prices hovered between 28.74 and 28.24 cents between July and October, closing the month on 28.32 c/l. This was after nearly a whole cent per litre drop from June.

Mila provided Italian farmers with unchanged prices into July that remained at 24.82 cents a litre in August. Records do not go further than this.

EKABE in Luxembourg maintained prices of 27.02 c/l for July and August and September after droping by 0.3 cents from June. October saw an EKABE lift of 1.5 cents to 28.52 c/l.

The Netherlands boasted the highest prices for the report through this period which included a Septmber increase of 2.3 c/l at Leerdammer.

Cheesemaker CONO stood firm from the spring priced with a price of 33.19 c/l in July which was still par in October. Cheese rivals, DOC Kaas, were lower at 30.69 for June, July and August before rising to 32.06 for September. Friesland Campina and Leerdammer saw minor change for the majority of the period. Starting at 32.71 c/l and 30.39 c/l respectively they both saw jumps to 32.96 and 32.69 c/l.

The EU review included prices for UK dairy giants; Arla, Dairy Crest, First Milk and Milk Link. Prices for July and September ranged between 31.3 c/l at First Milk and Milk Link who had a July figure of 34.03 c/l.

Figures in none eurozone countries can show price fluctuations because of currency exchange rate movement.

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