Sweden's milk war is now being played out on television.
Dairy prices were below expectations at last week’s Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction, largely due to fat prices.
Powders led the way for the 3.7% jump in the Global Dairy Trade last week with economists now looking at an upside to current milk price forecasts.
The latest survey of farmer confidence from Federated Farmers does not make pretty reading, says BNZ senior economic Doug Steel.
But it's not all doom and gloom.
The Global Dairy Trade (GDT) price index rose just 0.4% last week, but positive indicators will maintain market optimism for the new season, says BNZ senior economist Doug Steel.
China's market share of NZ’s primary exports is material and raises the issue of concentration risk, says BNZ rural economist Doug Steel.
Global prices for our primary products are likely to be flat this year but prices may rise for some products, says BNZ rural economist Doug Steel.
With production up 6.5% on last year for the peak of the season, a downward adjustment in Fonterra’s milk price will not be surprising, says BNZ senior economic Doug Steel.