Commenting on the 3.5 % increase in the latest Global Dairy Trade Auction, Gerald Quain, Chairperson of the ICMSA Dairy Committee, said that processors and Co-ops must keep up with the market momentum and show leadership in the setting of up-to-date milk prices. He said that based on market returns, the absolute minimum acceptable price for milk supplied in November was 30 cents per litre.
“The expectation now within dairy farming is that the 30 cent per litre marker must be breached in the next round of price announcements. The 1 cent price rise last month was demonstrably short of the market realities and just did not reflect the obvious buoyancy in markets. This upward sentiment has been sustained over the month and, interestingly, Whole Milk Powder has now taken over Butter as the commodity in high demand. Dairy farmers are looking to 2017 with the expectation that prices will cover all costs of production dairy including their own labour for the first time in nearly two years”, noted the ICMSA Dairy Chairperson.