Fonterra lifts farmgate milk price

Dairy processor Fonterra has announced an increased forecast Farmgate Milk Price for the upcoming 2018 season, to $6.75 kgMS.

Chairman John Wilson says the revised forecast Farmgate Milk Price is a lift of 25 cents on the original forecast of $6.50 per kgMS in May 2017 and reflects the ongoing rebalancing of supply and demand in global dairy markets

“We are seeing growing confidence on-farm across the country and, with global demand for dairy strengthening, the signs are for a good start to the season for our farmers and their rural communities although following a challenging period of very wet conditions for some of our farmers,” said Wilson.

“The increased Farmgate Milk Price will be welcome news to farmers as they continue to invest in their businesses off the back of an improved 2016/2017 season, with the usual reminder to budget cautiously especially in the early part of the season.”

Chief Executive Theo Spierings says the Co-operative is well positioned to take advantage of improving demand for dairy nutrition across our ingredients, consumer and foodservice markets.

“Our forecasts are prudent given that we are still early in the season and we are starting with very low levels of inventory, and we are focused on continuing to demonstrate strong business performance so as to bring greater returns for our farmers,” he said.

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