Friday, 1 May 2020
By Patty Clayton
Some stability returned to dairy markets this week. Although overall milk production continues to increase week on week, it seems the volumes of ‘unhomed’ milk on spot markets are more manageable. This is likely due to a combination of reduced deliveries from some farmers and the forward sale of the surplus liquid milk into processing sites.
Prices for cream remained in the £0.90/kg - £0.95/kg range. Spot milk prices varied through the week, as is typical, with prices fluctuating around the 20ppl range depending on the day.
Trade in bulk butter remains difficult although there was some sales agreed for the second half of the year, and pockets of demand to cover current requirements. Quotes remained in the region of £2,300-£2,400 per tonne.
Skim milk powder (SMP) prices were also unchanged from last week at £1,650/tonne.
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