Helping Australian dairy farmers better understand and interpret commodity milk pricing and market signals.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Milk Pri​ce Index

​Last updated: 29 March 2019
100
​Preliminary March 2019 estimate
0.8%​
​Since February 2019
1.1%​
Since March 2018
100​​-109​​
12 month range

Commodity milk ​price index

This chart shows the history of the CMPI from July 2008 to April 2018, the now-casts for May, June and July 2018, and the forecasts out to June 2019. The index is estimated to be 98 in June 2018, and forecast to be 95 in June 2019 (a 3% decrease).  

About

The Milk Price Index (MPI) is another source of information dairy farmers can use to inform their business decisions. It will help farmers to understand and interpret market signals. Updates to this site will be monthly.​

The MPI includes:

  • An Australian Commodity Milk Price Index of export prices for cheese, butter, skim milk powder (SMP) and whole milk powder (WMP), plus a one-year forecast.
  • A Regional, Retrospective Farmgate Milk Price Index with data coming from dairy farmers.
  • Regular global, national and regional commentary to go with the indexes.​

For information to explain the indexes, see our education resources.

The MPI is part of the Australian Government’s Dairy Support Package.

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How to use the Milk Price Index website

​​For information to explain the Milk Price Index, see our video resources and transcripts.

Economic commentary

The Commodity Milk Price Index (CMPI) fell by 4% between December 2018 and January 2019 (the last month for which data on Australian exports is available). WMP prices rose by 8%, while the price of all other commodities decreased: cheese fell by 5%, butter fell by 13% and SMP fell by 4%.

Preliminary estimates based on movements in the GDT Price Index suggest the CMPI fell 3% between January and March 2019.

The CMPI is forecast to stay lower (year on year) throughout 2019, and rise in early 2020. By March 2020, the CMPI is forecast to be around 5% above the March 2019 average. Export demand – including for dairy products – is expected to improve from 2020, although export demand conditions are anticipated to worsen before they improve.

In global trade news:

  • EU: Japan has approved the EU for exports of dairy products – Read more
  • US: Expanding restrictions on the use of generic cheese terms in the European Union may cost the US dairy industry $9.5-$20 billion.– Read more
  • Asia: Under a new economic partnership, all remaining tariffs on exports from Australia to Indonesia will be scrapped.-– Read more

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Previous bulletins

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Dairy Bulletin February 2019 PDF 4328 KB
Dairy Bulletin January 2019 PDF 4425 KB
Dairy Bulletin December 2018 PDF 4296 KB
Dairy Bulletin November 2018 PDF 4316 KB
Dairy Bulletin October 2018 PDF 4176 KB
Dairy Bulletin September 2018 PDF 4275 KB
Dairy Bulletin August 2018 PDF 4266 KB
Dairy Bulletin July 2018 PDF 4272 KB
Dairy Bulletin June 2018 PDF 4266 KB
5,825 ​​$/tonne​
January 2019 value
5%​
Dec 2018–Jan 2019 change
6% ​
Jan 2018-Jan 2019 change
5,504-6,138 ​$/tonne​
​​12 month range​​

Cheese price chart

This chart shows how the price of Australia’s cheese exports have changed from July 2008 to April 2018. Over this period, cheese prices increased from $5,478 per tonne to $5,564 per tonne.  

About

The Milk Price Index (MPI) is another source of information dairy farmers can use to inform their business decisions. It will help farmers to understand and interpret market signals. Updates to this site will be monthly.

The MPI includes:

  • An Australian Commodity Milk Price Index of export prices for cheese, butter, skim milk powder (SMP) and whole milk powder (WMP), plus a one-year forecast.
  • A Regional, Retrospective Farmgate Milk Price Index with data coming from dairy farmers.
  • Regular global, national and regional commentary to go with the indexes.

For information to explain the indexes, see our education resources.

The MPI is part of the Australian Government’s Dairy Support Package.

Share your feedback

Consultation on the review of the MPI has now closed.

Thank you to all the stakeholders who took the time to share their views on the MPI.

Economic commentary

The average January Australian cheese export decreased by 5% compared to the previous month reaching AUD 5,825 /tonne. This was 6% higher than the corresponding average for January 2018.

Since January 2019, global cheese prices have increased. In March 2019, cheddar cheese averaged USD 3,962/tonne in Global Dairy Trade events, 15% above the January 2019 average.

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Previous bulletins

DocumentPagesFile size
Dairy Bulletin February 2019 PDF 4328 KB
Dairy Bulletin January 2019 PDF 4425 KB
Dairy Bulletin December 2018 PDF 4296 KB
Dairy Bulletin November 2018 PDF 4176 KB
Dairy Bulletin October 2018 PDF 4176 KB
Dairy Bulletin September 2018 PDF 4275KB
Dairy Bulletin August 2018 PDF 4266KB
Dairy Bulletin July 2018 PDF 4272KB
Dairy Bulletin June 2018 PDF 4266KB
5,872 ​​$/tonne​
​January 2019 value
13%​
Dec 2018-Jan 2019 change
22% ​
Jan 2018-Jan 2019 change
5,872-8,431 ​$/tonne​
​​12 month range​​

Butter price chart

This chart shows how the price of Australia’s butter exports have changed from July 2008 to April 2018. Over this period, butter prices increased from $4,377 per tonne to $7,831 per tonne.  

About

The Milk Price Index (MPI) is another source of information dairy farmers can use to inform their business decisions. It will help farmers to understand and interpret market signals. Updates to this site will be monthly.

The MPI includes:

  • An Australian Commodity Milk Price Index of export prices for cheese, butter, skim milk powder (SMP) and whole milk powder (WMP), plus a one-year forecast.
  • A Regional, Retrospective Farmgate Milk Price Index with data coming from dairy farmers.
  • Regular global, national and regional commentary to go with the indexes.

For information to explain the indexes, see our education resources.

The MPI is part of the Australian Government’s Dairy Support Package.

Share your feedback

Consultation on the review of the MPI has now closed.

Thank you to all the stakeholders who took the time to share their views on the MPI.

Economic commentary

The average Australian butter export price fell 13% on the previous month reaching AUD 5,872 /tonne in January 2019. This is 22% lower than the corresponding January 2018 average.

Since January 2019, global butter prices have increased. In March 2019, butter averaged USD 4,873/tonne in Global Dairy Trade events, 17% above the January 2019 average.

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Dairy Bulletin March 2019 PDF 4328 KB

We do not own this publication, and it may not meet accessibility requirements. You can contact the author for an accessible version. For more information, visit web accessibility.

Previous bulletins

DocumentPagesFile size
Dairy Bulletin February 2019 PDF 4328 KB
Dairy Bulletin January 2019 PDF 4425 KB
Dairy Bulletin December 2018 PDF 4296 KB
Dairy Bulletin November 2018 PDF 4176KB
Dairy Bulletin October 2018 PDF 4176KB
Dairy Bulletin September 2018 PDF 4275KB
Dairy Bulletin August 2018 PDF 4266KB
Dairy Bulletin July 2018 PDF 4272KB
Dairy Bulletin June 2018 PDF 4266KB
2,945 ​​$/tonne​
​January 2019 value
4%
Dec 2018-Jan 2019 change
4%
Jan 2018-Jan 2019 change
2,777-3,126 ​$/tonne​
​​12 month range​​

Skim milk powder price chart

This chart shows how the price of Australia’s SMP exports have changed from July 2008 to April 2018. Over this period, SMP prices decreased from $3,148 per tonne to $2,859 per tonne.  

About

The Milk Price Index (MPI) is another source of information dairy farmers can use to inform their business decisions. It will help farmers to understand and interpret market signals. Updates to this site will be monthly.

The MPI includes:

  • An Australian Commodity Milk Price Index of export prices for cheese, butter, skim milk powder (SMP) and whole milk powder (WMP), plus a one-year forecast.
  • A Regional, Retrospective Farmgate Milk Price Index with data coming from dairy farmers.
  • Regular global, national and regional commentary to go with the indexes.

For information to explain the indexes, see our education resources.

The MPI is part of the Australian Government’s Dairy Support Package.

Share your feedback

Consultation on the review of the MPI has now closed.

Thank you to all the stakeholders who took the time to share their views on the MPI.

Economic commentary

The average Australian SMP export price fell by 4% on the previous month reaching AUD 2,945 /tonne in January 2019. This is 4% higher than the corresponding January 2018 average.

Since January 2019, global SMP prices have increased. In March 2019, skim milk powder averaged USD 2,434/tonne in Global Dairy Trade events, 6% above the January 2019 average.

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Dairy Bulletin March 2019 PDF 4328 KB

We do not own this publication, and it may not meet accessibility requirements. You can contact the author for an accessible version. For more information, visit web accessibility.

Previous bulletins

DocumentPagesFile size
Dairy Bulletin February 2019 PDF 4328 KB
Dairy Bulletin January 2019 PDF 4296 KB
Dairy Bulletin December 2018 PDF 4296 KB
Dairy Bulletin November 2018 PDF 4176KB
Dairy Bulletin October 2018 PDF 4176KB
Dairy Bulletin September 2018 PDF 4275KB
Dairy Bulletin August 2018 PDF 4266KB
Dairy Bulletin July 2018 PDF 4272KB
Dairy Bulletin June 2018 PDF 4266KB
6,605 ​​$/tonne​
January 2019 value
29%​
​Dec 2018-Jan 2019 change
8% ​
Jan 2018-Jan 2019 change
5,109-7,325 ​$/tonne​
​​12 month range​​

Whole milk powder price chart

This chart shows how the price of Australia’s WMP exports have changed from July 2008 to April 2018. Over this period, WMP prices increased from $4,552 per tonne to $6,371 per tonne.  

About

The Milk Price Index (MPI) is another source of information dairy farmers can use to inform their business decisions. It will help farmers to understand and interpret market signals. Updates to this site will be monthly.

The MPI includes:

  • An Australian Commodity Milk Price Index of export prices for cheese, butter, skim milk powder (SMP) and whole milk powder (WMP), plus a one-year forecast.
  • A Regional, Retrospective Farmgate Milk Price Index with data coming from dairy farmers.
  • Regular global, national and regional commentary to go with the indexes.

For information to explain the indexes, see our education resources.

The MPI is part of the Australian Government’s Dairy Support Package.

Share your feedback

Consultation on the review of the MPI has now closed.

Thank you to all the stakeholders who took the time to share their views on the MPI.

Economic commentary

The average Australian WMP export price rose by 29% on the previous month reaching AUD 6,605/tonne in January 2019. This is 8% higher than the corresponding average in January 2018.

Since January 2019, global WMP prices have increased. In March 2019, WMP averaged USD 3,252/tonne in Global Dairy Trade events, 19% above the January 2019 average.

Download

DocumentPagesFile size
Dairy Bulletin March 2019 PDF 4328 KB

We do not own this publication, and it may not meet accessibility requirements. You can contact the author for an accessible version. For more information, visit web accessibility.

Previous bulletins

DocumentPagesFile size
Dairy Bulletin February 2019 PDF 4328 KB
Dairy Bulletin January 2019 PDF 4425 KB
Dairy Bulletin December 2018 PDF 4296 KB
Dairy Bulletin November 2018 PDF 4176KB
Dairy Bulletin October 2018 PDF 4176KB
Dairy Bulletin September 2018 PDF 4275KB
Dairy Bulletin August 2018 PDF 4266KB
Dairy Bulletin July 2018 PDF 4272KB
Dairy Bulletin June 2018 PDF 4266KB

Regional analysis

This section provides information for the eight dairy regions on factors that impact milk prices, production and on-farm costs.

 
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Farmgate prices

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The Regional, Retrospective Farmgate Milk Price Index relies on dairy farmers providing the prices they actually receive as per their milk statement. The more dairy farmers that take part, the more valuable this index will be. Once we have enough data, we’ll report an average and a range of actual prices received for each region.

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If you have any problems filling out the form, please email milkpriceindex@agriculture.gov.au.

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Enter your base price for $/kg MS or c/L and your base c/kg fat and c/kg protein price.

If your milk statement does not report one of the base prices, just enter ‘0’ in the appropriate field. We’ll apply a standard butterfat and protein test to convert to $/kg MS and c/L if required.

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