[13 June/ Dairy News]

Westland Milk Products has announced an opening milk price for the 2017/18 season of between $6.40 and $6.80 per kilo milksolids. The price is seen as an indicator that the company is back on track. Bad weather and low payouts have seen the company’s milk collection fall 5.7% in the season just finished but General Manager Shareholder Services, Tony Wright, says that Westland farmers have done a good job keeping their animals in good condition and preparing them for calving. It is also expected that changes will soon be announced to the company’s management structure as part of a review of operations following the appointment of CEO, Toni Brendish, late last year.