Dairy processor Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited announced on May 23 an opening Farmgate Milk Price forecast of $?7.00 per kg milk solids (MS) for the 2018/19 season.
Chairman John Wilson said the strong opening milk price would be very welcome news for the Co-operative’s farmers as they look ahead to the new season.
“What we are seeing is a continued positive global supply and demand picture which gives us the confidence to increase our current Farmgate Milk Price forecast into the new season.
“Demand is expected to remain strong, especially from China and for butter and AMF (anhydrous milk fat). We are expecting the global dairy market’s current prices, especially for fats, to continue throughout the new season.
“We are also forecasting our New Zealand 2018/19 milk collections to be 1,525 million kgMS, a 1.5% increase on our current forecast for this season, and we expect to see a lift in supply from the EU, US, Australia and Argentina. “We will announce our forecast earnings per share for the 2019 financial year in July as normal. This, along with our Farmgate Milk Price forecast, comprises the total available for payout to our farmers.”
Fonterra is required under the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act to announce its forecast Milk Price at the beginning of each season, which starts on 1 June.