Milk Price Outlook

18 March 2019

The midpoint of our forecast range for the 2018/19 average southern Australia farmgate milk price is $6.10kgMS with a significant recovery in the underlying commodity milk value (CMV) since late last year, which we now see in the range of $5.60 to $5.70kgMS.

Looking ahead to the 2019/20 season, our forecast for the underlying CMV is $5.80 to $6.20kgMS. We also expect the value capture achievable by companies and paid to dairy farmers on top of the CMV to edge higher, ranging between 45 and 55c per kgMS.

While this forecast is based on our current view of future market fundamentals, strong competition for milk supply between dairy companies will continue to have a major impact on southern Australian farmgate milk prices given the severe downturn in milk production resulting from ongoing drought conditions.

This outlook is summarised, and detailed assumptions are provided in the attached document. The outlook will be updated from time to time when forecast market conditions change significantly.

You can find more information on how the Commodity Milk Value is calculated here.


Freshagenda’s milk price outlook delivers a forecast range of Australian average southern farmgate milk price, based on projected fundamentals in our Global Dairy Directions platform.

Freshagenda’s milk price outlook delivers a forecast range of Australian average southern farmgate milk price, based on projected fundamentals in our Global Dairy Directions platform.

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