March output of dry dairy products down from 2006

by Ron Sterk
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WASHINGTON – The production of most dry dairy products in March declined from a year ago but increased from February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Dairy Products report.

Tight supplies and strong demand have resulted in record-high or multi-year-high prices for most dry dairy products in recent months. Increased production from month-earlier levels of many products mostly reflects seasonal changes in milk supply.

March production of nonfat dry milk for human consumption was 117.5 million lbs, down 9% from March 2006 but up 20% from February 2007, the U.S.D.A. said. Skim milk powder output was 10.2 million lbs, down 53% from a year ago and down 8% from February.

Dry buttermilk production was 7.5 million lbs, down 1% from March 2006 but up 2% from the previous month.

Production of dry whey totaled 98.7 million lbs in March, down 2% from a year earlier but up 9% from February. Manufacturers stocks of dry whey on March 31 totaled 41.3 million lbs, down 2% from a year ago but up 5% from February.

Output of all types of whey protein concentrate, at 35.2 million lbs, was down 7% from last year but up 19.5% from February, the U.S.D.A. said. Stocks of whey protein concentrate on March 31 totaled 25.1 million lbs, down 20% from a year ago and about even with February.

Total lactose outturn in March was 64.8 million lbs, up 4% from March 2006 and up 9% from a month ago. Stocks of all types of lactose were 42.3 million lbs, up 8% from a year ago and up 4% from the end of February.

Butter production in March was 140 million lbs, down 1% from March 2006 but up 4% from a month earlier.

Cheese production totaled 837 million lbs, up 2% from last year and 12% above February 2007.

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