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Fluid Milk and Cream — Western U.S.

Although much of the Pacific Northwest is coming off the peak of spring flush, pockets have seen a slight uptick in milk volumes the last few weeks due to favorable cow comfort weather.

Published on June 22, 2018 2:46PM



(USDA Market News)

June 21

In California, dairy farmers are keeping a close eye on the heat waves as they can affect cows’ milk production. This week, milk output is lower.

However, demand and supply are in good balance. Class 1 sales decreased slightly while Class 2 sales are steady to increasing. Milkfat components are diminishing as expected.

In Arizona, farm milk production has decreased, but not as much as expected. Recent rains and humidity have created an uncomfortable atmosphere for cows. Milk intakes from Class I are steady.

Some contacts report that finding the haulers and trucks necessary to move powders for customers is a challenge. Some loads of milk are moving from Texas to Arizona for processing as repair/maintenance work prevented several South Central balancing plants from clearing properly.

In New Mexico, as in most of the Western region, spring flush has peaked out. Farm milk production is slowly dropping as dairy farmers expected. Warmer weather conditions are impacting cows’ wellbeing and starting to reflect on total milk output.

However, processing plants are not concerned as they have plenty of milk for all processing needs. Milk demand from Class I, Class II and III have decreased.

Although a few repair/maintenance workloads are taking place at some processing facilities, milk is being managed appropriately with no major issues reported.

Pacific Northwest milk production is steady. Although much of the region is coming off the peak of spring flush, pockets have seen a slight uptick in milk volumes the last few weeks due to favorable cow comfort weather.

Manufacturers report components are up and so are the subsequent cheese yields. Processors say they are not able to push as much milk through the plant, and with less milk going into school bottling there are a few distressed loads available.

Milk production in the mountain states of Colorado, Utah and Idaho is strong. Manufacturers report no problems getting the milk they need for processing. While much of the region is relatively well-balanced, some areas are pushing milk into surrounding states. The limited numbers of milk tankers are keeping milk and cream loads from moving too far.

Condensed skim is still plentiful in the West region, but it is starting to tighten up as the weather gets warmer. Sales are mostly steady.

In general, cream demand is lower to steady compared to what it was a couple of weeks ago. Cream sellers anticipate to see the usual seasonal bump in demand in the coming months. Some market participants report that conventional cream is tight in California.

The NASS Milk Production report noted May 2018 milk production in the 23 selected states was 17.9 billion pounds, 0.9 percent above a year ago. Milk cows in the 23 selected states totaled 8.74 million head, 10,000 head more than a year ago.


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