Period: October 29 – November 9, 2018
Recent rain showers improved pasture quality and conditions for emerging corn and soybean in South America. To some dairy farmers across the continent, this could represent a reduction of feed costs in the short term. However, most dairy operations (tambos) continue struggling with low revenue yields due to lower farm gate prices and high operational expenses.
There are more than adequate milk intakes to meet most processing needs. In fact, in some rural areas, there are not enough truckers to meet all milk hauling needs.
Milk and cream requests from cheese manufacturers and butter churners are very strong, as well as the production of milk caramel, ice cream, and other dairy dessert, since year-end celebrations are approaching.
SMP export prices readjusted higher in South America, in line with upward SMP pricing trends at the GDT auction. SMP production is lower, and inventories are very tight on a bullish market. Exports to Brazil are active.
The low-end of WMP export pricing range decreased, while the top remained steady. The bulk of WMP exports are occurring outside the continent, mainly to Russia and Algeria.