Fluid Milk and Cream Review - Central
USDA - Thu Dec 07, 10:48AM CST
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MD DA230   Fluid Milk and Cream Review - Central                      

MADISON, WI.  December 7, 2017 (REPORT 49)                           

In recent weeks, Central U.S. fluid milk contacts have affirmed that there is 
an unambiguous increase in recent milk production. Bottlers are placing 
relatively heavy orders, as some contacts suggest this will be the final solid 
week for orders in the year. There is some anxiety among contacts that the 
second half of December could become hectic, particularly as hauling/trucks are 
becoming more and more difficult to hire during the holidays. Cheese plant 
managers report receiving discounted milk offers, and some expect discounted 
milk prices to remain throughout the rest of the year. Cream is readily 
available for all uses. Cream suppliers point out that contracting for 2018 is 
at or near completion. Reported cream multiples for Class II ranged from 1.22 
to 1.29. The DMN monthly average of the range price series for Upper Midwest 
Class II cream during November 2017 was $2.8671, compared to $2.4513 a year 
ago. The DMN National Retail Report-Dairy for December 1-7 noted the national 
weighted average advertised price for one gallon of milk was $2.34, down 95 
cents from last week and 12 cents lower than a year ago. The weighted average 
regional prices in the Midwest and South Central were $2.03 and $2.51, 
respectively. The NASS Dairy Products report noted October U.S. regular (hard) 
ice cream production totaled 58.4 million gallons, down 2.5 percent from last 
year. January-October U.S. production totals 672.7 million gallons, 1.8 percent 
below 2016 during the same period. October production in the Central region 
totaled 32.7 million gallons, 0.4 percent above a year ago. 

SPOT PRICES OF CLASS II CREAM, $ PER POUND BUTTERFAT                  
F.O.B. producing plants:   Upper Midwest -   $2.6901-2.8445           

1100CT Israel.weber@ams.usda.gov (608)422-8601
USDA/AMS/Dairy Market News, Madison, Wisconsin
Dairy Market News website: www.ams.usda.gov/dairymarketnews