Milk price in Germany covers just 65% of production costs
It is not only in Germany that the prices paid do not cover costs.
The cost study published by BAL in conjunction with the MEG Milch Board and the European Milk Board (EMB) shows average production costs both throughout Germany and broken down into the East, North and South Germany regions.
Production costs in October in the East region were 39.98 cents, in the North 39.06 and in the South 47.79 cents per kilo of milk. The costs in all three regions were therefore slightly down on the previous quarter.
It is not only in Germany that the prices paid do not cover costs. In the other European countries, too, prices are under the 30-cent mark. For instance, in Denmark and the Netherlands producers are paid only 29 cents, and in Belgium the price has been about 25 cents for months.
In Lithuania it was just 20 cents at the end of 2015, with some producers receiving only 10 cents a kilo of milk. ■