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NZ: Dairy prices holding its nerve – ANZ

Analysts at ANZ note that New Zealand’s whole milk powder prices held the key level of US$2,800/t overnight, providing some cheer for farmers.

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“This key technical level and dry concerns in parts of New Zealand seem to have won the day. Dry concerns also seem to have been reflected in SMP increasing (+4.7%) despite bearish supply signals from elsewhere.”

“On the other hand, Butter prices came back down to earth with a thud as seasonal demand drops and supply concerns moderate, with European milk supply increasing. Fonterra is due to provide a milk price update tomorrow morning where this result will provide some wiggle room. Our forecast remains $6.25 to $6.50/kg MS and we expect tomorrow’s update will be toward the bottom of this band.”

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