Milk Prices Down More Than $0.40/cwt. in Southeast, Appalachian Regions

Milk Production: Milk production in the 23 major states during October totaled 16.7 billion pounds, up 1.5% from October 2016. Production per cow for October averaged 1,917 pounds. The number of milk cows was 8.74 million head, 1,000 less than September 2017. September production was revised up 0.1% to 16.2 billion pounds. For milk production in the top 5 producing states, California was down 1.5% from October a year ago; Wisconsin up 2.3%; Idaho up 0.2%; New York down 0.1%; and Texas up 5.3%. Other states with large production increases were Arizona (6.6%), Utah (6.2%), Colorado (5.7%), Kansas (4.6%), Iowa (4.0%), South Dakota (4.3%), and New Mexico (4.0%). The states reporting a large decline in production compared to October 2016 were Oregon (-2.4%) and Washington (-0.5%).

Milk Price and Utilization: The Southeast Uniform milk price for October was $19.12, down $0.49 from September and $0.40 higher than October 2016. The Appalachian Uniform milk price was $18.59, down $0.47 from September and $0.49 higher than October 2016. September’s Class III price was $16.69, up $0.33 from September, and $1.87 higher than October a year ago. The Class IV price was down $1.01 from September to $14.85, and $1.19 higher than October 2016. The Class I Mover price for December is $16.88, up $0.47 from November. The milk/feed ratio for October was 2.45, even with September.

Southeast Class I utilization was 74.40%, down 2.16% from September, and 0.11% higher than October a year ago. The Uniform butterfat price was $2.7619, down 18.47 cents from last month and 58.37 cents higher than October 2016. The October Class I price was $20.24. November Class I price is $20.21. Appalachian Class I utilization was 71.23%, down 0.84% from September, and 0.63% higher than October a year ago. The Uniform butterfat price was $2.7563, down 18.41 cents from last month and 58.83 cents higher than October 2016. The October Class I price was $19.84.

Cheese Production and Stocks: Total cheese production in September was 1.01 billion pounds, up 2.7% from a year ago while butter production was down 0.3% to 135 million pounds. Nonfat dry milk (NDM) production was up 6.2% compared to a year ago with total production at 133 million pounds while skim milk powder (SMP) production was down 21.0% to 30.4 million pounds compared to a year ago. Total cheese stocks at the end of October were up 4% from October a year ago and down 3% from the previous month while butter stocks were down 14%…

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