October nonfat dry milk outturn up from 2007

by Allison Sebolt
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WASHINGTON — October production of nonfat dry milk was up while production of skim milk powders was down, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Dairy Products report.

Nonfat dry milk production in October was 121,379,000 lbs, up 21% from October 2007 and up 42% from September 2008. Output of skim milk powders was 17,556,000 lbs, down 18% from the previous year and down 55% from the previous month.

Manufacturers’ stocks of edible nonfat dry milk on Oct. 31 were 64,735,000 lbs, up 16% from a year ago.

Total dry whey production was 85,175,000 lbs, down 4% from the previous year. Production of lactose was 60,232,000 lbs, down 2%, and total whey protein concentrate production was 36,724,000 lbs, up 14% from October 2007, the U.S.D.A. said. Dry buttermilk outturn was 6,614,000 lbs, down 2% from a year ago.

Total manufacturers’ stocks of dry whey on Oct. 31 were 60,555,000 lbs, down 4% from the previous year, and included 56,676,000 lbs for human use, down 1%, and 3,879,000 lbs for animal use, down 36%. Whey protein concentrate stocks totaled 31,536,000 lbs, up 13% from the previous year. Total lactose stocks were 94,792,000 lbs, up 45% from the previous year. Dry buttermilk stocks were 9,986,000 lbs, down 19% from a year ago.

Butter production in October was 130,014,000 lbs, about even with October 2007 and up 7% from September 2008.

Cheese production in October totaled 842,285,000 lbs, up 2% from a year ago and up 6% from September 2008.

Production of regular hard ice cream in October was 69,165,000 gallons, down 1% from the previous year. Low-fat ice cream production was 27,360,000 lbs, down 7% from a year ago.

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