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Nonfat dry milk production in May was 129,043,000 lbs, up 12% from May 2007, and output of skim milk powders was 45,511,000 lbs, up 250%.
Total dry whey production was 97,048,000 lbs, down 2% from last year’s levels. Production of lactose was 65,636,000 lbs, down 3% from last year, and total whey protein concentrate production was 36,533,000 lbs, up 9% from May 2007, the U.S.D.A. said. Dry buttermilk outturn was 7,085,000 lbs, up 4% from a year ago.
Stocks of nonfat dry milk at the end of May totaled 125,384,000 lbs, up 36% from a year earlier. Shipments of nonfat dry milk in May totaled 131,332,000 lbs, up 13% from May 2007.
Total manufacturers’ stocks of dry whey on May 31 were 67,278,000 lbs, up 46% from a year ago and included 63,120,000 lbs for human use, up 52%, and 4,158,000 lbs for animal use, down 11%. Whey protein concentrate stocks totaled 42,483,000 lbs, up 66% from a year ago. Total lactose stocks were 78,817,000 lbs, up 84% from a year ago. Stocks of dry buttermilk were 9,695,000 lbs, up 45% from last year.
Butter production in May was 143,582,000 lbs, which was 16% above May 2007 but down 4% from April 2008.
Cheese production in May totaled 828,410,000 lbs, up less than 1% from a year ago and up 2% from April 2008.
Production of regular hard ice cream in May was 80 million gallons, down 7% from the previous year. Low-fat ice cream production was 40 million gallons, up 1% from May 2007.