Farmgate Milk Prices

New Zealand is unique in that 95 percent of milk production is exported with Fonterra collecting a large proportion of the milk.

As a result, there is no ‘market price’ set through competition for supply.

Fonterra instead calculates a Farmgate Milk Price using independently approved methodology. This enables total returns to be allocated between payments for milk and returns on the share capital invested by farmer shareholders and unit holders in the Co-operative.

Read how the Farmgate Milk Price is calculated or view Milk Price Statements and Manuals.

Farmgate Milk Prices

Read how the Farmgate Milk Price is calculated or view Milk Price Statements and Manuals.

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Start of 2018/2019 season Accordion Item
2018/2019 season
  Farmgate Milk Price Forecast cash payout (milk price plus dividend) Forecast payout (milk price plus earnings) Press releases
Forecast Update 10 October 2018 $6.25-$6.50     Available here
Forecast Update 13 September 2018 $6.75 N/A $7.00-$7.10 Available here
Forecast Update 31 August 2018 $6.75 N/A N/A Available here
Opening Forecast 24 May 2018
$7.00 N/A N/A Available here
End of 2018/2019 season Accordion Item
Start of 2017/2018 season Accordion Item
2017/2018 season
  Farmgate Milk Price Forecast cash payout (milk price plus dividend) Forecast payout (milk price plus earnings) Press releases
Final Update 13 September 2018 $6.69 $6.79   Available here
Forecast Update 10 August 2018 $6.70 $6.80 $6.95-$7.00 Available here
Forecast Update 24 May 2018
$6.75
$6.90-$6.95 $7.00-$7.05
Available here
Forecast Update 21 March 2018 $6.55 $6.80-$6.90 NA Available here
Forecast Update 7 December 2017 $6.40 NA $6.75-$6.85 Available here
Forecast update 25 September 2017 $6.75 NA $7.20-$7.30 Available here
Forecast update 27 July 2017 $6.75 NA $7.20-$7.30 Available here
Opening forecast 24 May 2017 $6.50 NA NA Available here
End of 2017/2018 season Accordion Item
Start of 2016/2017 season Accordion Item
2016/2017 season
  Farmgate Milk Price Forecast cash payout (milk price plus dividend) Forecast payout (milk price plus earnings) Press releases
Final update, 25 September 2017 $6.12 $6.52 - Available here
Forecast update, 24 May 2017 $6.15 $6.55 $6.60 - $6.70 Available here
Forecast update, 22 March 2017 $6.00 NA $6.45 - $6.55 Available here
Forecast update, 23 February 2017 $6.00 NA $6.50 - $6.60 Available here
Forecast update, 18 November 2016 $6.00 NA $6.50 - $6.60 Available here
Forecast update, 21 September 2016 $5.25 NA $5.75 - $5.85 Available here
Forecast update, 25 August 2016 $4.75 NA $5.25 - $5.35 Available here
Forecast update, 1 August 2016 $4.25 NA $4.75 -$4.85 Available here
Opening forecast 26 May 2016 $4.25 NA NA Available here
End of 2016/2017 season Accordion Item
Start of 2015/2016 season Accordion Item
2015/2016 season
  Farmgate Milk Price Forecast cash payout (milk price plus dividend) Forecast payout (milk price plus earnings) Press releases
Forecast update, 8 March 2016 $3.90 NA $4.35 - $4.45 Available here
Forecast update, 28 January 2016 $4.15 NA $4.60 - $4.70 Available here
Forecast update, 10 December 2015 $4.60 NA $5.05 - $5.15 Available here
Forecast update, 16 November 2015 $4.60 NA $5.05 - $5.15 Available here
Forecast update, 24 September 2015 $4.60 NA $5.00 - $5.10 Available here
Forecast update, 7 August 2015 $3.85 NA $4.25 - $4.35 Available here
Opening forecast 28 May 2015 $5.25 NA NA Available here
End of 2015/2016 season Accordion Item
Start of 2014/2015 season Accordion Item
2014/2015 season
  Farmgate Milk Price Forecast cash payout (milk price plus Dividend) Forecast payout (milk price plus earnings) Press releases
Forecast update, 28 May 2015 $4.40 $4.60 - $4.70 NA Available here
Forecast update, 30 April 2015 $4.50 $4.70 - 4.80 NA Available here
Forecast update, 25 March 2015 $4.70 $4.90 - $5.00 NA Available here
Forecast update, 10 December 2014 $4.70 $4.95 - $5.05 NA Available here
Forecast update, 24 September 2014 $5.30 $5.55 - $5.65 NA Available here
Forecast update, 29 July 2014 $6.00 $6.20 - $6.25 NA Available here
Opening forecast 28 May 2014 $7.00 NA NA Available here
End of 2014/2015 season Accordion Item
Start of 2013/2014 season Accordion Item
2013/2014 season
  Farmgate Milk Price Forecast cash payout (milk price plus Dividend) Forecast Payout (Milk price plus earnings) Press Releases
Forecast update, 28 May 2014 $8.40 $8.50 NA Available here
Forecast update, 27 February 2014 $8.65 $8.75 NA Available here
Forecast update, 11 December 2013 $8.30 $8.40 NA Available here
Forecast update, 24 September 2013 $8.30 $8.62 NA Available here
Forecast update, 27 August 2013 $7.80 $8.12 NA Available here
Forecast update, 31 July 2013 $7.50 $7.82 NA Available here
Opening forecast 29 May 2013 $7.00 NA NA Available here
End of 2013/2014 season Accordion Item
Start of 2012/2013 season Accordion Item
2012/2013 season
  Farmgate Milk Price Forecast cash payout (milk price plus dividend) Forecast payout (milk price plus earnings) Press releases
Forecast update, 29 May 2013 $5.80 $6.12 NA Available here
Forecast update, 27 March 2013 $5.80 $6.12 NA Available here
Forecast update, 27 February 2013 $5.50 NA $5.90 - $6.00 Available here
Forecast update, 10 December 2012 $5.50 NA $5.90 - $6.00 Available here
Forecast update, 28 August 2012 $5.25 NA $5.65 - $5.75 -
Opening forecast 22 May 2012 $5.50 NA $5.95 - $6.05 -
End of 2012/2013 season Accordion Item
Start of 2011/2012 season Accordion Item
2011/2012 season
  Farmgate Milk Price Forecast cash payout (milk price plus dividend) Forecast payout (milk price plus earnings) Press releases
Forecast update, 22 May 2012 $6.05 NA $6.45 - $6.55 -
Forecast update, 12 March 2012 $6.35 NA $6.75 - $6.85 -
Forecast update, 13 December 2011 $6.50 NA $6.90 - $7.00 -
Forecast update, 2 September 2011 $6.75 NA $7.15 - $7.25 -
Opening forecast 24 May 2011 $6.75 NA $7.15 - $7.25 -
End of 2011/2012 season Accordion Item

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