March nonfat dry milk output up 19% from year ago

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WASHINGTON — Production of edible nonfat dry milk were 134 million lbs in March, up 19% from a year ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Dairy Products report (click here to read report).

Nonfat dry milk production in the first quarter of 2008 totaled 372 million lbs, up 17% from the same period last year, the U.S.D.A. said. Production of skim milk powders totaled 34 million lbs in March, up 301% from last year, with first-quarter output at 113 million lbs, up 315%. Manufacturers’ shipments of nonfat dry milk for human consumption in March totaled 125 million lbs, 18% more than in March 2007. Manufacturers’ stocks on March 31 were 155 million lbs, up 107% from a year ago, the U.S.D.A. said.

Total production of dry whey in March was 96 million lbs, down 2% from a year ago. First-quarter dry whey output totaled 276 million lbs, down 3% from the same quarter last year. Manufacturers’ stocks on March 31 totaled 60 million lbs, up 43% from a year ago.

Whey protein concentrate production totaled 36 million lbs in March, up 2% from last year, while first-quarter production was 102 million lbs, up 3.5% from a year ago. End-of-March stocks were 37 million lbs, up 47% from last year.

Lactose production for human and animal consumption in March was 64 million lbs, down 2% from a year earlier, while first-quarter output was 186 million lbs, also down 2% from last year. March 31 stocks totaled 82 million lbs, 94% more than on the same date last year.

Manufacturers’ stocks of dry buttermilk on March 31 totaled 11 million lbs, up 84% from a year earlier.

Butter production in March was 154 million lbs, up 11.5% from a year earlier, the U.S.D.A. said. First-quarter butter output totaled 470 million lbs, up 11% from the same period last year.

Total cheese production in March was 834 million lbs, down about 1% from March 2007, while first-quarter output was 2,432 million lbs, also less than 1% more than the same period last year.

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