May 5, 2020 / 2:57 PM / a month ago

Dairy prices fall, volumes drop at auction: GDT Events

May 5 (Reuters) - International milk prices fell while volumes dropped

in this month’s first Global Dairy Trade auction held by GDT Events.

The GDT Price Index dipped 0.8 percent, with an average selling price of $2,866 per tonne, in

the auction held on Tuesday.

The index fell 4.2 pct at the previous sale, according to GDT Events.

A total of 16,442 tonnes was sold at the latest auction, falling 20.2 percent from the previous one, the auction platform said on its website (

The auctions are held twice a month, with the next one scheduled for May 19.

The auction results can affect the New Zealand dollar as the dairy sector generates more than 7 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product.

The New Zealand milk co-operative, which is owned by about 10,500 farmers, controls nearly a third of the world dairy trade.

GDT Events is owned by New Zealand’s Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd, but operates independently from the dairy giant.

U.S.-listed CRA International Inc is the trading manager for the twice-monthly Global Dairy Trade auction.

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