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IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary said today’s upturn (+1.7%) in the GDT weighted average price for products to be traded between April and September reflected the absence of surprise increase in volumes made available, by Fonterra especially.

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Speaking today in Brussels at the March COPA Milk Meeting, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary said that, despite today’s 6.3% fall in the GDT auction index, farm organisations from all over Europe reported significant milk price increases and continued restrained output.

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Commenting on the first ever GDT Annual Report, published today for 2016, IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary noted that GDT traded only 636,000t of product during 2016 – down 36% on the peak levels of trade of 2014, and consisting mostly of WMP and SMP (73%, or 464,000t).

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IFA National Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary has said the 3.2% fall in this week’s GDT auction, which traded product for the months of March to August 2017, reflects buyers’ speculation egged by the slightly less negative revised New Zealand 2016/17 milk output forecast (-5% instead of -7%).

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The first GDT auction of 2017, which saw a weighted average decrease in the index of 3.9%, does not reduce the scope for further milk price increases for Irish dairy farmers on their December milk, IFA Dairy Chairman Sean O’Leary has said. He called on co-op boards to increase prices as markets justify.

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