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.