December nonfat dry milk production down

by Allison Sebolt
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WASHINGTON — December production of nonfat dry milk powders was down while production of skim milk powders was up sharply 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 December was 108 million lbs, down 5% from December 2006, while output of skim milk powders was about 36.9 million lbs, up 118%.

December total dry whey production was 96.4 million lbs, up 4% from last year. Production of lactose for human and animal consumption was 59.4 million lbs, down 1%, and total whey protein concentrate production was 34 million lbs, down 1% from December 2006.

Butter production in December was 141 million lbs, which was 3% above December 2006 and 8% above November 2007.

Cheese production in December totaled 843 million lbs, 2% above a year ago.

Production of regular hard ice cream was 52.3 million gallons, up 2% from the previous year. Low-fat ice cream production was 22.7 million gallons, down 3% from December 2006.

Total manufacturers’ stocks of dry whey on Dec. 31 were 65,982,000 lbs, up 58% from a year ago and included 61,013,000 lbs of dry whey for human use, up 51%, and 4,969,000 lbs for animal use, up 289%.

Whey protein concentrate stocks totaled 30,088,000 lbs, up 3% from a year ago. Total lactose stocks were 68,359,000 lbs, up 72% from a year ago, the U.S.D.A. said.

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