March nonfat dry milk production down 9%

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WASHINGTON — March production of nonfat dry milk was down 9% from the previous year, but production of skim milk powders was up 51%, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Dairy Products Report.

Nonfat dry milk production was 125,980,000 lbs, up 14% from 110,378,000 lbs in February but down 9% from 138,305,000 lbs in March 2010. Output of skim milk powders was 42,048,000 lbs, up 16% from 36,278,000 lbs in February and up 51% from 27,796,000 lbs during the same month the previous year.

Manufacturers’ stocks of edible nonfat dry milk as of March 31, 2011, were 123,945,000 lbs, up slightly from 123,684,000 lbs in February but down 18% from 150,288,000 lbs in March 2010. March nonfat dry milk shipments were 122,824,000 lbs, up 12% from 109,242,000 lbs in February but down 13% from 140,534,000 lbs in March 2010.

Total dry whey production was 85,301,000 lbs, up 4% from 81,758,000 lbs in February but down 8% from 92,496,000 lbs in March 2010. Production of lactose was 84,925,000 lbs, up 14% from 74,777,000 lbs in February and up 11% from 76,286,000 lbs in March 2010. Whey protein concentrate production totaled 37,247,000 lbs, up 17% from 31,900,000 lbs in March but down 1% from 37,775,000 lbs in March 2010. Dry buttermilk outturn was 9,385,000 lbs, up 8% from 8,670,000 lbs in February and up 32% from 7,120,000 lbs in March 2010.

Total manufacturers stocks of dry whey on March 31, 2011, were 50,519,000 lbs, up 4% from 48,701,000 lbs in February and up slightly from 50,502,000 lbs in March 2010. Total lactose stocks were 74,206,000 lbs in March, down 1% from 75,200,000 lbs in February but up 10% from 67,724,000 lbs in March 2010. Whey protein concentrate stocks totaled 31,677,000 lbs in March, down 4% from 33,104,000 lbs in February and down 18% from 38,626,000 lbs in March 2010. Dry buttermilk stocks were 16,398,000 lbs, up 9% from 15,024,000 lbs in February and up 70% from 9,669,000 lbs from March 2010.

Butter production in March 2011 was 156,510,000 lbs, up 5% from 149,333,000 lbs in February and up 12% from 139,231,000 lbs in March 2010. Total cheese production in March was 915,851,000 lbs, up 13% from 807,451,000 lbs in February and up 2% from 894,488,000 lbs in March 2010. Production of regular hard ice cream totaled 74,724,000 gallons, up 21% from 61,802,000 gallons in February but down 6% from 79,218,000 gallons in March 2010. Low-fat ice cream production was 35,894,000 gallons, up 28% from 27,925,000 gallons in February and up 1.5% from 35,380,000 gallons in March 2010.

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