Fluid Milk and Cream - Western U.S.

March 7

California milk volumes produced are within the expected range. The plant that was closed
     for mechanical breakdown last week reopened and is running well. Milk production is somewhat
     up, and supplies are heavy. However, processing facilities are running full schedules,
     ensuring an efficient processing of all the milk available to them. Milk sales to Class I
     producers are flat. Arizona farm milk is following seasonal trends. Even though weather
     outcomes have recently impacted milk yield, milk supplies remain heavy and available for all
     manufacturing needs. Processors are not as busy as last year because milk volumes so far are
     a bit lower this year. Class I intakes are at the same levels as the previous week. In New
     Mexico farm milk offerings are higher than total orders because a planned downtime at a
     large Class III processing plant caused the plant managers to significantly decrease their
     intakes. Although other manufacturing facilities were able to take on a few extra loads to
     help with milk clearing, holdovers are higher than usual. Fortunately, milk production is a
     bit down this week. Bottled milk and Class II demands have both declined. Pacific Northwest
     milk production is strong. Regional milk handlers say they had expected a dip in production,
     but that has never materialized. Milk shipments have returned to normal following the
     disruptions caused by winter storms three weeks ago. Bottlers are adjusting schedules for
     reduced school milk orders as educational institutions cycle through the spring break
     season. Manufacturers are getting plenty of milk for their processing needs. Milk production
     in the mountain states of Idaho, Utah and Colorado is level to higher. Slightly stronger
     sales into Class III, II and I processors have helped limit the number of loads getting
     pushed into surrounding states. Industry contacts report that a new facility has begun
     processing some initial volumes of condensed skim. Area dairy contacts hope this will help
     provide additional balancing capacity in the months to come. Condensed skim supplies are
     steady and sales are unchanged from previous weeks. Condensed skim drying is active across
     the West as milk production is strong. Cream is generally in good supply throughout the
     West. Butter churning remains active. Some ice cream producers have started to review their
     cream needs as they expect tighter cream availability in the summer. Multipliers for all
     Classes run 1.00 to 1.17.

     National Retail Report Dairy ± Fluid Milk Summary
     Advertised Prices at Major Retail Supermarket Outlets ending during the
     period of 3/1/19 to 3/7/2019

     Half Gallon, All Fat Tests                Weighted Average Price
     National                          This Period    Last Week      Last Year
     Organic                              $4.00         $4.07          $4.06
     Conventional                         $2.31         $1.89          $1.79

     Regional (Conventional)            Wtd. Ave.        Low           High
     Northwest                            $0.99         $0.99          $0.99
     Southwest                            $2.99         $2.99          $2.99

     Regional (Organic)                 Wtd. Ave.        Low           High
     Northwest                            $3.80         $2.99          $3.99
     Southwest                            $3.52         $2.49          $4.49

     Gallon, All Fat Tests                     Weighted Average Price
     National                          This Period    Last Week      Last Year
     Organic                              $5.51         $5.31          $6.37
     Conventional                         $2.58         $2.24          $2.87

     Regional (Conventional)            Wtd. Ave.        Low            High
     Northwest                             n.a.          n.a.           n.a.
     Southwest                            $2.39         $1.99          $2.49

     Regional (Organic)                 Wtd. Ave.        Low           High
     Northwest                             n.a.          n.a.           n.a.
     Southwest                            $5.40         $4.49          $5.99

     Regional (Organic)                 Wtd. Ave.        Low           High
     Northwest                             n.a.          n.a.           n.a.
     Southwest                            $5.40         $4.49          $5.99

     Western U.S., F.O.B. Cream
     Multiples Range - All Classes:               1.0000 - 1.1700

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