February nonfat dry milk production down 5%

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WASHINGTON — February production of nonfat dry milk was down 5% from a year earlier and production of skim milk powders was down 3%, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Dairy Products Report.

Nonfat dry milk production was 116,807,000 lbs, down 9% from January and down 5% from February 2009. Output of skim milk powders was 22,029,000 lbs, up 7% from January but down 3% from the previous year. Manufacturers’ stocks of edible nonfat dry milk on Feb. 28 totaled 147,861,000 lbs, up 7% from Jan. 31 but down 22% from Feb. 28, 2009.

Total dry whey production was 77,974,000 lbs, down 9% from January but up 4% from February 2009. Production of lactose was 62,218,000 lbs, down 7% from January but up 21% from February 2009. Production of whey protein concentrate totaled 31,298,000 lbs, down 10% from January but up slightly from February 2009. Dry buttermilk outturn was 7,660,000 lbs, down 18% from the previous month but up 15% from the previous year.

Total manufacturers’ stocks of dry whey on Feb. 28 were 43,535,000 lbs, down 13% from the previous year, including 41,933,000 lbs for human use, down 12%, and 1,602,000 lbs for animal use, down 37%.

Total lactose stocks were 65,795,000 lbs on Feb. 28, down 29% from a year earlier. Whey protein concentrate stocks totaled 35,253,000 lbs, up 2% from the previous year. Dry buttermilk stocks were 12,928,000 lbs, up 86% from the previous year.

Butter production in February was 141,140,000 lbs, down 13% from January and down 3% from February 2009.

Cheese production in February totaled 777,207,000, lbs, down 8% from January but up 1% from February 2009.

Production of regular hard ice cream totaled 62,955,000 gallons, down 1% from the previous year. Low-fat ice cream production was 26,619,000 gallons, down slightly from February 2009.

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