Is there more to the latest Fonterra auction than the headline price suggests?
According to DairyCo which is a levy-funded, not-for-profit organisation working for Britain’s dairy farmers there is. It says while at face value the latest Fonterra auction results would indicate a continuation of the downward movement in wholesale prices.
However, it says when one examines the results by product and timing of contracts it suggests that may not necessarily be the case.
Fonterra recent auction results recorded an average price across all contracts at $3,756/tonne, a reduction of 4.2% compared to the last auction. On average, prices for WMP fell 8.5% across all contracts while butter remained stable and SMP increased (on average 2.1% across all contracts).
DairyCo notes that prices on contracts for July delivery increased for butter, SMP and WMP, suggesting some short-term support.
It says the decrease in WMP prices is predominantly due to reductions on contracts offered between September and December, the Southern Hemisphere’s peak producing months. However, prices for butter and SMP over this period have remained relatively stable, suggesting global markets are reasonably balanced for these products.