March 3, 2021: Dairy Week In Review

February’s Class III milk price was announced at $15.75 per hundredweight, down 29 cents from January and $1.25 below year-ago levels. The Class IV price was announced at $13.19 per cwt., down 56 cents from January and $3.01 below February 2020’s price. Read More

February 24, 2021: Dairy Week In Review

Total milk production in January was up 1.6 percent from a year ago to 19.17 billion pounds, with 85,000 head more cows and 0.6 percent more milk per cow. Cow numbers were up 8,000 head from December, with the nation’s dairy herd at its largest since 1995. Total milk production for 2020 was up 2.2…

February 17, 2021: Dairy Week In Review

The latest USDA Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook summarized the 2020 dairy situation by pointing to strong dairy export growth, a Class III price that exceeded the weighted-average Class I price in all but four months of the year, and dairy product stocks that built considerably during the year. On a milk-fat basis, ending dairy…

February 10, 2021: Dairy Week In Review

USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report released last week indicated that producer margins could remain tight through 2021. With exports projected to be higher this year, the corn farm price is expected to average $4.30 per bushel, up 74 cents from a year ago. Soybean export estimates were also increased, with ending stocks…

February 3, 2021: Dairy Week In Review

USDA announced the January Class III milk price at $16.04 per hundredweight, down $1.01 from a year ago but 31 cents above December’s. The Class IV price was announced at $13.75 per cwt., down $2.90 from a year ago but up 39 cents from December. Read More

January 27, 2021: Dairy Week In Review

US milk production was up 3.1 percent year-over-year in December to 18.94 billion pounds, with cow numbers up 100,000 head from a year ago and milk production per cow up 40 pounds. The US annual milk production in 2020 was up 2.1 percent from a year ago to 18.94 billion pounds, with milk production per…

January 20, 2021: Dairy Week In Review

The average dairy price index on the latest Global Dairy Trade auction jumped 4.8 percent to $3,593 per metric ton, marking the fifth consecutive session-to-session gain. Cheddar cheese was the only product to decline in price, down 0.3 percent. Butter prices were up 4.6 percent, while skim milk powder was up 7 percent and whole…

January 13, 2021: Dairy Week In Review

Feed prices jumped this week with the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report showing dramatically reduced supplies of both corn and beans. Corn production estimates were cut by 324 million bushels to 14.182 billion, with an average yield drop of 3.8 bushels per acre. Projected corn use was also cut by 250 million…

January 6, 2021: Dairy Week In Review

USDA announced the December 2020 Class III milk price at $15.72 per hundredweight, down $7.62 from November’s price and $3.64 below year ago levels. Class III prices averaged $18.16 per cwt. in 2020, up $1.20 from 2019’s average price. The December Class IV price was announced at $13.36 per cwt., up 6 cents from November…

December 29, 2020: Dairy Week In Review

Butter stocks fell 16 percent from October to 251.8 million pounds, up 39 percent from a year ago. The month-to- month drawdown was the smallest since 2012, indicating a build-up in butter stocks weighing on the markets. Cheese stocks grew 0.3 percent from October to 1.344 billion pounds, up 1.7 percent from a year ago….