First positive results from Global Dairy Trade auction in months

The Aug. 17 Fonterra Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction showed the first gain in overall product prices since April, albeit only a modest 0.3 percent increase. Butter (+4.0 percent) and cheddar cheese (+2.8 percent) saw the strongest gains, with 180 active bidders and 22,543 [...]

U.S. dairy herd plateaus & poised to fall

After steadily rising over the past 12 months, the nationwide herd may have peaked as flush ends. Total herd across the 50 states was estimated at 9.51 million head, down about 1,000 head from the May estimate. The 24-state number, representing about 95 percent [...]

Meteoric rise in international dairy prices

Breathtaking gains in dairy prices in Fonterra’s latest global auction had a feel of a short squeeze with aggressive bids and few offers. In particular, a genuine lack of free containers for maritime transit has hurt spot availability. Chinese buyers returned to the market [...]

Global dairy strength propping up domestic market

In Fonterra Global Dairy Trade online auction events of the last two months, prices for dairy products have surged just over 16 percent. Last week’s event was no exception, with prices advancing up an impressive 4.8 percent overall. Category leaders included anhydrous milkfat (up [...]

Mixed result in most recent Global Dairy Trade auction

The June 2 event on Fonterra’s Global Dairy Trade platform yielded mixed results with powder categories rising while butterfat-laden products fell. The biggest increases were seen in buttermilk powder (up 9.4 percent) and whole milk powder that rose 2.1 percent. Skim milk powder was [...]

One-two punch leaves dairy down for the count

Apr. 21 saw two bits of fresh news that left no doubt of continued pain for the dairy sector, with Fonterra’s GDT auction results down 4.2 percent followed by USDA’s milk production report showing continued growth in milk production in a market already woefully [...]

Cooler fall temps as dairy herd shows signs of recovery

Dairy data releases in the last two weeks included some encouraging signs of herd recovery and bearish stocks numbers. Last Monday’s USDA Milk Production Report showed a modest uptick in the 24-state cow number to 8,796,000 heifers. The total U.S. herd was about flat, [...]