Positive signs in the dairy cattle markets following milk price rises and optimism
Optimism has continued to flow through the dairy industry this week and there have been positive signs in the cattle markets.
The Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction jumped 12.7 per cent, with whole milk powder up 18.9 per cent and butter up 14.1 per cent.
In the cattle markets, prices for Friesian- and Holstein-calved heifers rose for the third month running in July, up 11.2 per cent to £1,273/head, although they stood at about 17 per cent below the price at the beginning of 2014.
Meg Elliot, Leek Auctions dairy auctioneer, said there was a positive atmosphere in the markets.
"I am surprised it has improved the way it has and so quickly. Some people are getting a better milk price but many have not seen a great improvement. There are a lot more buyers," she said.
Andrew Clements, dairy auctioneer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said the South West was not yet seeing increased numbers coming to market which was helping to support prices.
"It is also partially down to the spot milk price rising," he said.
"There is more interest, more optimism and a lack of supply.”
The public have also shown their support for dairy farmers as Arla’s farmers’ milk brand at Asda has sold more than one million litres in the two weeks since its launch.