IFA Dairy Chairman Stephen Arthur said co-ops cannot ignore the trends in the latest GDT auction, which has recorded a dramatic jump in commodity prices.
“This rise in commodity prices is equivalent to a farmgate price of over 40c/l for farmers. Movements south of the equator point to a very positive outlook in milk price for 2021. As we approach peak, we will not tolerate processors playing down the price. There is plenty of scope for milk price to rise in the next few months,” he said.
The major highlight from today’s auction was the 21% jump in whole milk powders to €3,625.
Butter is up by 13.7% to €4,839, while prices for cheese showed modest growth of 1.3% to €3,555.
There has been a surge in dairy imports by China, matched with weaker than expected milk supplies from New Zealand and Australia leading to tighter supplies in the Southern hemisphere.