MD DA124 Butter - Oceania
MADISON, WI. December 10, 2009 (REPORT 49)
INFORMATION GATHERED 11/30/2009 - 12/11/2009
U.S. DOLLARS PER METRIC TON, FOB PORT
BUTTER: Oceania butter markets and prices are firm. Butterfat continues to be
in strong demand. Anhydrous milk fat is absorbing a significant portion of
butterfat at this time. At the second global/Dairy Trading event for anhydrous,
the price averaged $4,349 per MT., 8.6% lower than the previous event. This
downward adjustment was not surprising to many traders and handlers as many
thought the average price for the first trading event was too high.
82% BUTTERFAT: 3,800 - 4,500
Note: a metric ton equalls 2204.6 pounds.
New Zealand Cheddar is $2.13 per pound, which raises the question, why is not the world coming to the U.S. for cheese and butter?
The short answer is we make 80% butterfat butter and the world wants 82%. For Cheddar, the answer I have gotten is that the U.S. a lot of crappy Cheddar loaded with MPCs.
So, the irony here is that we get most of the MPCs from Fonterra, which makes money for Fonterra but, also, insures we will not be able to compete with them on the global market.