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Westland Bucks Trend and Lifts Milk Price

27 May 2015

NEW ZEALAND – Milk processor Westland Milk Products has upped its price prediction for the 2015/16 season, bucking the general trend of price cuts seen in the global dairy sector.

Westland suppliers can look forward to a price range of $5.60-$6.00 per kilo of milk solids (kg/MS) next season, it was announced yesterday.

This includes a higher advanced payout of $4.40 per kg/ms to help farm cash flow.

Meanwhile, prices remain unchanged this season at NZ$4.90-$5.10 per kg/ms.

A matrix of factors, namely; Russian sanctions, lower Chinese demand and EU milk quota removal has put the market in “unchartered territory”, admitted Westland chief executive, Rod Quin.

Justifying the price rise, he said: “While it might be more optimistic than some in the New Zealand dairy industry, it is our considered forecast of the expected outcomes for the approaching season.”

Westland anticipates a price recovery later in the year, but not in any big way.

Fonterra Australia suppliers can expect a minimum weighted price of $5.54 per kilograms of milk solids, which was announced on Friday.

The dairy giant is offering a fixed base milk price equivalent to a weighted average of $5.80 kg/MS.

Its producers have been told they have “greater certainty” with this range of prices and have been given the “ability to manage price volatility”.

Michael Priestley

Michael Priestley
News Team - Editor

Mainly production and market stories on ruminants sector. Works closely with sustainability consultants at FAI Farms


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