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Forum at the EuroTier 2016

17 November 2016 - The EuroTier in Hanover, Germany, is the world’s leading trade fair for animal production. On 17 November IAMO and the German Agribusiness Alliance of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations (OA) will host the forum event on “Milk, Market, and Power: Who Influences the Milk Price?”. (in German only)

Since the turn of the millennium, EU reforms liberated the dairy market systematically. Price support instruments such as intervention pricing for milk powder and butter as well as export subsidies no longer exist. The dairy market is now subject to supply and demand in a free market. As a result, the milk prices fluctuated between extremes of low and high prices, which in turn forced thousands of milk farmers to give up their businesses. Since the abolishment of the EU milk quota system in April 2015, the milk price has dropped drastically in value. On the raw milk market, tens of thousands of dairy farmers offer perishable raw milk to about one hundred dairies. Dairies then sell their products mainly to a handful of retailers. At first glance, the bargaining power seems clearly distributed. However, in the public the influence of these bargaining positions on the pricing of dairy products is debated controversially.

The forum will provide the interested public with a scientific overview of the facts causing the current problems in the dairy market. The forum participants will also discuss problems at the individual levels of production, processing and marketing of milk and dairy products today and in light of future developments.

Program of the forum

Aaron Grau, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)

Panel discussion:
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Hess, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Ludwig Börger, German Farmers’ Association (DBV - Deutscher Bauernverband e.V.)
Romuald Schaber, German Dairy Farmers Association (BDM - Bundesverband Deutscher Milchviehhalter e.V.)

Prof. Dr. Jens-Peter Loy, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

EuroTier 2016
Milk, Market, and Power: Who Influences the Milk Prices?
(in German only)
17 November 2016 | 10:00 – 10:45 am
Fair grounds Hanover, Germany | Cattle Forum | Hall 12 | Stand H 20