Fluid Milk and Cream Review - Central
USDA - Thu Sep 13, 10:38AM CDT
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     Fluid Milk and Cream - Central U.S.

     Report 37 - Released on September 13, 2018

     Fluid milk output varies from one location to the next. In Western Minnesota and into the
     Dakotas, contacts suggest milkfat and protein are lower, while others reported few to no
     noticeable downshifts at all. In parts of Wisconsin and elsewhere in Minnesota, reports are
     mixed. Some suggest fluid milk volumes remain lower, while components are beginning to
     increase. Intake plant managers in Wisconsin report milk yields are at or just coming off
     their lowest point of the year. Additionally, dairy farms are closing at noteworthy rates
     throughout the Midwest. Nevertheless, milk availability loosened up a bit for processing
     outside of Class I this week. Bottlers remain busier with schools recently reopening, but
     spot milk loads into cheese production were reported at Class III again, after last week�s
     prices were exclusively at a premium. Ice cream manufacturers have started to wind down
     production levels, therefore cream remains somewhat available for other processing needs and
     the bottom of the Class II cream price decreased. Butter churners suggest that churn cream
     is not as accessible as it was during week 36, following Labor Day. Even so, offers remain
     at similar price points. Some upper Midwestern farmers are taking to the field to make corn
     silage with pleasant and dryer weather, but contacts suggest some are unable due to wetness.
     They add that in some cases, one farm is ready while the next farm over is too wet.

     National Retail Report Dairy � Fluid Milk Summary
     Advertised Prices at Major Retail Supermarket Outlets ending during the period of 9/7/2018
     to 9/13/2018

     Half Gallon, All Fat Tests
                       Weighted Average Price
     National     This Period  Last Week  Last Year
      Organic        $4.23       $4.22      $3.87
      Conventional   $2.16       $2.49      $2.43

     Regional (Conventional)
                   Wtd. Ave.     Low        High
     MIDWEST         n.a.        n.a.       n.a.
     SOUTH CENTRAL  $1.89       $1.89      $1.89

     Regional (Organic)
                   Wtd. Ave.      Low        High
     MIDWEST         n.a.        n.a.       n.a.
     SOUTH CENTRAL  $4.49       $3.99      $4.99

     Gallon, All Fat Tests
                       Weighted Average Price
     National     This Period  Last Week  Last Year
      Organic        $5.87       $7.49      $5.99
      Conventional   $2.36       $2.83      $2.85

     Regional (Conventional)
                   Wtd. Ave.      Low        High
     MIDWEST        $2.17       $1.99      $2.50
     SOUTH CENTRAL  $1.77       $1.77      $1.77

     Regional (Organic)
                    Wtd. Ave.      Low        High
     MIDWEST         n.a.        n.a.       n.a.
     SOUTH CENTRAL   n.a.        n.a.       n.a.

     Midwestern U.S., F.O.B. Cream
     Multiples Range - All Classes:               1.2200 - 1.3300
     Price Range - Class II; $/LB Butterfat:      2.7318 - 2.9301
     Multiples Range - Class II:                  1.2400 - 1.3300

     Information for the period September 10 - 14, 2018, issued weekly
     Published by:
     Dairy Market News - Madison, WI
     ISRAEL WEBER, 608-422-8601
     Email: israel.weber@ams.usda.gov

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