18 May 2011

Slight fall in dairy prices in latest auction

1:27 pm on 18 May 2011

Dairy prices have fallen slightly in Fonterra's latest global fortnightly auction.

Fonterra's Global Dairy Trade-Trade Weighted Index fell 1.1%, with an average selling price of about $US4,443 a metric tonne.

Although there had been a slight dip in prices in the previous auction as well, dairy prices have still risen around 13% so far this year.

Anhydrous milk fat recorded the biggest loss, down by 5.8%.

Milk protein concentrate fetched $US6300 a tonne, and rennet casein traded at $US9,625 a tonne. Both commodities were traded in the auction for the first time.

Fonterra reaffirmed in March its forecast payout of between $7.90 and $8.00 per kilogram of milk solids for the current season.

On Tuesday, Fonterra said production was 4% ahead of the same period a year ago for the nearly completed season, and is likely to be at record levels because of favourable weather conditions.