Farmgate Milk Price Trend

Farmgate Milk Prices (Q1 2022)


Fonterra, a well-known New Zealand firm, upped the price it pays farmers for milk in February 2022, claiming a rise in worldwide dairy prices as a result of strong demand and limited supply. High feed costs in the United States and the European Union have harmed milk output, according to the dairy behemoth, and these conditions are projected to persist in the coming months. Dairy demand continues to be strong over the world, while milk supply growth remains below average. Fonterra raised its farmgate milk price projection for from 8.90 to 9.50 NZD/kg of milk solid (kgMS) to between 9.30 and 9.90 NZD/kgMS. Currently, the price of Framgate milk in NZ ranges around 72,96 NZD/100kg.


In the month of March, the Dairy and Cattle Association had warned that if grain prices and fodder exports continue to rise, pure buffalo milk prices would exceed 200 INR/L in Ramazan.  Rising grain prices and dairy product taxes had forced dairy farmers to sell milk at higher prices.

The association claimed that the farm-gate price of milk is 150 INR/L, and that anyone selling it for less than that is selling adulterated or synthetically prepared milk.

Farmgate Milk Prices (Q4 2021)


In the last quarter of the year 2021, and January and February 2022, the price of milk in India ranged from 52 to 60 INR/L. This equates to 0.80 USD/L. In the same time period, the price was about 1.89 USD/L in China. In India, the CPI for milk was 150 in 2020 and around 160 in December 2021.

North America

The price of milk and milk products in the United States increased by 6.66%. Prices all over the world continued to increase as a result of rising fuel prices and shipping costs.


In the fourth quarter, December's price was 2.47 EUR greater than November's (41.25 EUR/100 kg). This increase in milk prices was attributed the to decreasing supply, as well as favourable market trends in Europe and rising basic dairy costs.

South America

Argentine milk production increased on a year-on-year basis for the 29th consecutive month during Nov ’21, finishing up 4.5% and reaching a six-year high seasonal level. Despite increased feed costs and flat to slowly-rising milk prices, the USDA predicted that Argentine milk production would increase by 4.0 percent on a year-over-year basis in the calendar year 2021, as continuous herd consolidation was likely to preserve favourable margins for large-size dairies.

Farmgate Milk Prices (Q1-Q3 2021)


In India, milk prices increased in 2021, particularly in the first and third quarter. Prices tend to fall during the winter months because output rises during these months. However, in the year 2020, supply did not peak as it had in prior seasons. The reversal in seasonal trend, according to dairy commodities specialists, was mostly due to the lag-effect of the COVID-19-induced lockdown, which prompted the closure of eateries and outlets, hostels and canteens, as well as the cancellation of weddings and other public festivities. This led to a reduction in demand. Farmers underfed their livestock as a result of this demand loss and price drop. Thus, the price increased in January 2021, reaching 3,243 USD/MT.

In March 2021, the price of milk in India was 0.86 USD/L. There was a decrease in price of the dairy owing to things coming back on track after the lockdown. In China as well, the prices had decreased to 1.57 USD/L.  After an initial shock due to COVID-19, dairy consumption in China had started recovering with more people spending on food and beverages.


By the end of Q-3 2021, almost every country in Europe saw an increase in milk prices. Belgium increased the price from 32.87 EUR/100 kg in January to 47.19 EUR/100kg in September, while Germany increased the price from 34.71 EUR/100 kg to 41.46 EUR/100 kg from Jan-Sep. In the Netherlands, prices increased from 34.25 EUR/100 kg to 43.72 EUR/100 kg.  Almost every country experienced comparable pricing fluctuations. These soaring prices were the result of the second wave of pandemic which induced a new set of lockdowns into action.

North America

In the USA, the prices at the end of the first three quarters were, 17.40 USD/cwt in March, 18.40 USD/cwt in June and 18.70 in September. Due to covid, the restaurants were forced to close. Prices plunged, and the government's food box programme, which greatly benefited the dairy business, was terminated. Dairy producers also require manual labour to assist them on their farms, and the pandemic had created a labour shortage. In addition, as the cost of everything increased, the cost of animal fodder, energy, and labour increased as well.

Latin America

The price of milk in Argentina increased in 2021. Throughout the year, they were steadily rising. The yearly average was 26.44 EUR/100L. The poor financial status of Argentine dairy in recent months was responsible for this price increase. Local dairy organisations continued to protest, requesting that present price limits be modified or abandoned due to the current negative margins, particularly for smaller producers.

Farmgate Milk Prices Overview 2020


The average price for milk solids in China, for the year 2020 was 3.59-4.59 USD/kg. This was a significant increase over previous years' prices. This increment was ascribed to rising dairy prices in China as a result of rising demand for the product. Another factor contributing to the price increase was the public's belief that dairy intake can boost their immunity. Source.

In India, during the first quarter of year 2020, toned milk prices were raised by 3 INR/L, from 42 to 45 INR/L (0.60 USD/L), while double-toned milk was offered for 39 (0.48 USD) INR/L, up from 36 INR/L previously.

The main reason behind this was the declining milk production. It had been declining since April of last year (2019) due to high summer temperatures and lack of water, which was exacerbated by rain delays. The fiscal year's budget which came out the following February, didn't improve matters either. The onslaught of pandemic also stunted the operation plants. All of these variables together resulted in a rise in the cost of dairy and dairy production.


In 2020, the average price of milk in the European Union was 36 EUR/100kg. In Belgium, the price was 34.33 EUR/100kg at the start of the year in January, but by December, it had dropped to 32.59 EUR/100kg. Germany, on the other hand, experienced a price increase from 34.92 EUR/100kg to 35.11 EUR/100kg, while Austria's price increased from 36.70 EUR/100kg to 41.41 EUR/100kg in the aforementioned time period. The price in France and Croatia remained relatively stable throughout the year, at 37.12 EUR/100kg and 34.04 EUR/100kg, respectively.

North America

In the year 2020, the average price of milk in the United States was 18.23 USD/ cwt (100 pounds). Source The price rise was because of the scarcity caused by the global supply chain interruptions due to the pandemic. Several American farmers were compelled to spill milk in their fields and kill their cows because they couldn't get their products into the hands of consumers.

Latin America

For the year 2020, the average price in Argentina and Chile were roughly 23.51 EUR/100L and 32.40 EUR/100L, respectively. Throughout the year, prices in Argentina continued to fall. Argentina's fluid production reached its greatest level since 2015, thanks to strong peso pricing in the first part of the year and significantly better weather than the scorching, insect-infested summer of 2019. Argentina increased its end-of-year output forecast for 2020 to 11.35 million metric tonnes (MMT), up 7% from 2019, and 250,000 tonnes higher than the USDA's official projection. Chile's dairy imports climbed by 7.5% in value in 2020, resulting in higher prices.

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Procurement Resource provides prices of Farmgate milk for several regions around the globe, which are as follows:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • Africa

About Farmgate Milk

Farmgate Milk price refers to the price received by the farmers directly from processors for the milk produced on farm. In several countries, government has no legislative control over the prices given by the milk processing companies to the farmers. For instance, in Australia, farmgate milk prices are decided on the basis of milkfat and protein content present in the farm milk, with different prices for each component. Further, these prices may vary between processors, and competition for milk among processors also influence farmgate milk prices from one season to another.

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  • CLAL S.R.L.
  • Dairy Australia Corporation
  • Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
  • Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

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