Dairy product prices continued their drop to the lowest level since February 2013 in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, paced by rennet casein and whole milk powder.
The GDT price index dropped 4.2 per cent to US$3,756 a tonne, the eighth consecutive drop and the lowest since February 2013. Some 37,012 tonnes of product was sold, up from 33,677 two weeks ago.
In the latest GDT auction, rennet casein slumped 10.2 per cent to US$10,672 a tonne, and whole milk powder sank 8.5 per cent to US$3,594 a tonne. Anhydrous milk fat slid 5.0 per cent to US$4,058, while Butter milk powder fell 1.9 per cent to US$3,628 a tonne.
Butter was unchanged at US$3,634 a tonne.
Cheddar climbed 8.0 per cent to US$4,236 a tonne, while skim milk powder rose 2.1 per cent to US$3,863 a tonne.
Milk protein concentrate and lactose weren't offered at the event.
The New Zealand dollar was trading at 84.60 US cents at 2:34am Auckland time. After the release of the latest GDT data, the kiwi dropped as low as 84.25 cents and was recently trading at 84.30 cents.
There were 144 winning bidders out of 195 participating bidders at the auction over 13 rounds. The number of qualified bidders was 738, up from 734 two weeks ago.
See more details of last night's auction here.