Dry Whey - West
USDA - Thu Dec 07, 10:31AM CST
MD DA540 Dry Whey - West                                         

MADISON, WI.  December 07, 2017 (REPORT 49)                      

DRY WHEY - WEST                                                  

Western whey prices shifted lower. Some manufacturers are eager to clear 
sizeable volumes of whey prior to the end of the calendar year. While a few 
processors have been able to move blocks of whey in an effort to keep 
inventories in check, industry contacts say there is a lot of whey in the 
warehouses. Many secondary markets are satisfied and are in no rush to 
contract for early 2018. There is a feeling among customers that whey is 
readily available on the spot market and any offer may come with some type of 
price concession. Production is generally steady and following along cheese 
production trends. The DMN monthly average of the mostly price series for 
West dry whey during November was $0.3213 compared to $0.3562 one month ago 
and $0.3759 a year ago. NASS reports that October 2017 U.S. human dry whey 
production, 79.1 million pounds, is down 3.1 percent from a year ago, and 
down 11.7 percent from September 2017. The Western region produced 20.5 
million pounds of human dry whey during October, down 15.7 percent from last 
year, and down 29.4 percent from last month. Month ending stocks for U.S. 
human dry whey, at 92.0 million pounds, are 54.4 percent higher than one year 
ago, but down 13.5 percent from September 2017.

NONHYGROSCOPIC:    .2000 - .3675   MOSTLY:    .2850 - .3100      

U.S. Dry Whey Exports. H.S. Code 0404104000(FAS)
                 2017 Exports      % Change From 
                 (Million Lb.)       1 Year Ago

October Total            42.4           - 3
TOTAL, JAN - OCT        381.0           + 11
 1 China                172.1           + 48
 2 Canada                35.3           - 2
 3 Mexico                26.7           - 14
 4 Philippines           25.2           + 5
 5 Japan                 23.5           + 15

1100CT Mike.Bandli@ams.usda.gov 608.422.8592
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