Fluid Milk and Cream — Western U.S.
California milk yield is steady this week. Milk supplies are in good balance with demand. Manufacturers report that plants are running near capacities, and milk volumes are manageable within the state. Bottled milk demand is steady to down. In Arizona, milk volumes produced are falling to the point where processors are taking a few loads from Midwestern plants to fully meet their needs. There remains extra room available to take on additional milk, so plant managers plan to bring in more out-of-state milk next week. Class II processing is active, though not done every day. Class III sales are unchanged from the previous week, but Class I demand is declining as educational institutions prepare to close next week. In New Mexico, Class I and III milk requests have augmented, but there was a slight cutback in Class II usage. Soon, schools will be off, and more Class I milk will be going to balancing facilities. Milk production is generally down, but purchasers can get what they need. With the spring flush close to ending, milk outputs are diminishing. However, handlers say that unplanned maintenance and repairs caused some plants to not take all their scheduled volumes of milk, resulting in higher milk holdovers. Milk production in the Pacific Northwest is steady to higher. However, industry contacts suggest they have not seen the typical incipient signals of spring flush. Processors have plentiful milk supplies to keep most facilities running at or near full capacity, but not so much milk as to swamp the pipeline. Bottling demand is beginning to wane as schools start to close for summer breaks. Milk handlers expect this to push more milk into manufactured dairy product channels. So far, the added milk has not stressed processors much. Milk intakes appear to be well balanced. Milk production in the mountain states of Idaho, Utah and Colorado is strong. Manufacturers are seeing ample amounts of milk. A few processing facilities have run into glitches, causing some orphaned loads to go looking for homes at a discount. Industry contacts say these loads are getting readily absorbed and the system seems to rebalance quickly. Industry contacts are beginning to look ahead to the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. A few processing facilities have scheduled plant maintenance, and, with some schools finishing the school year, milk handlers anticipate having more milk to contend with. The condensed skim inventories are steady and accessible to all end users. Ice cream makers are taking on a few loads. Although buyers are able to get the loads of cream they need, they stated that there is less cream available than usual at this time of the year. Therefore, the expectation is that cream will be tighter in the coming months. Ice cream and cheese makers continue to pull good volumes of cream for their daily processing activities. Surprisingly, cream multiples for all Classes declined by one cent at the bottom of the range this week. Western U.S., F.O.B. Cream Multiples Range - All Classes: 1.0900 - 1.2200 Information for the period May 13 - 17, 2019, issued weekly Secondary Sourced Information: National Retail Report Dairy ± Fluid Milk Summary Advertised Prices at Major Retail Supermarket Outlets ending during the period of 5/10/19 to 5/16/2019 Half Gallon, All Fat Tests Weighted Average Price National This Period Last Week Last Year Organic $4.02 $3.87 $3.94 Conventional $1.89 $1.16 $2.43 Regional (Organic) Wtd. Ave. Low High Northwest $3.65 $2.50 $3.99 Southwest $4.09 $2.99 $4.99 Gallon, All Fat Tests Weighted Average Price National This Period Last Week Last Year Organic $6.29 $6.99 $6.47 Conventional $2.56 $2.51 $2.48 Regional (Conventional) Wtd. Ave. Low High Northwest $2.75 $2.50 $2.99 Southwest $1.99 $1.99 $1.99