January - 2024

Milk production growth in the U.S. sputtered at the end of 2023, leaving the full year result nearly unchanged from the year prior. After expanding during the first half of the year, volumes contracted between July and December as milk prices remained under pressure.

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January - 2024

A blast of cold air from Canada reached as far south as Texas this week, closing schools, freezing pipes, sidelining milk trucks, and disrupting dairy processing.

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January - 2024

The dairy trade is feeling around for the bottom in the cheese market. Cheese output remains robust, but low prices have finally attracted international attention. U.S. cheese exports topped 85 million pounds in November, the highest-ever volume for the month, up 3% from the previous monthly high, logged in November 2022. Once again, record-setting shipments to Mexico helped to offset softer demand from Japan and South Korea.

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January - 2024

Mild winter conditions across most of the country have supported milk production though margins remain thin, especially for producers in the western U.S. Milk remains readily available for manufacturers.

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December - 2023

There was a decided lack of Christmas cheer in the Class III markets this week. The January through April contracts scored life-of-contract lows. December Class III settled at $16.09 per cwt., promising Scrooge-like margins on the farm. January and February Class III looked even worse. This week January tumbled 47ȼ to $15.43 and February plummeted 54ȼ to $15.60.

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December - 2023

January Class III futures dipped below the $16 mark, a level signaling plenty of red ink on the farm as well. Unfortunately, Class III prices will have a greater influence on most milk checks. Ever-expanding cheese production capacity, lower milk powder output, and depooling will water down the share of dairy producer revenue derived from the higher Class IV market.

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