CME spot prices

Daily CME Cash Trading on Thursday, May 8, 2014











Cheddar barrels



Cheddar blocks



NFDM Grade A



Butter Grade AA




California weekly NFDM price dips

California NFDM average price


Week ending

Avg. price ($/ lb.)

7-day sales (lb.)

May 2



April 25



April 18



April 11




Weekly dairy cow slaughter slips further

Week ending April 26: 48,900 head, the lowest weekly total of the year.

Year-to-date (YTD) 2014: 1,088,000 head

YTD compared to same period 2013: -109,500 head

Highlights: For the week, 31% came from USDA Zone 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH & WI); 27% came from USDA Zone 9 (AZ, CA, HI & NV).

Source: USDA Weekly Cow Slaughter Report


New Holland Sales Stables

Dairy replacement sales results from New Holland, Pa. on May 7:

 Compared to last week, fresh cows and bred cows sold steady with moderate demand. Heifers sold mostly steady. Buyer attendance was down today, as many farmers are out working the fields prior to rain forecasted for later tonight into the remainder of the week. Wednesday's supply included 96 fresh milking cows, 34 short-bred cows, 35 springing cows, 39 short-bred heifers, 57 springing heifers, 74 open heifers, and 10 bulls. Prices are for Holsteins on a per-head basis unless otherwise noted.

Fresh Cows

Supreme: 2400-2900          

Approved: 1950-2300  

Medium:  1550-1800  

Common:  1200-1450 


Springing cows (bred 7-9 months)

Approved: 1950-2300

Medium:  1550-1825

Common:  1250-1425


Bred cows (bred 4-6 months)      

Supreme: 2050-2500

Approved: 1850-2000

Medium:  1725-1650


Bred cows (bred 1-3 months)      

Supreme: 2300-2350

Approved: 1900-2100

Medium:  1500-1750

Common:  1000-1275


Short bred heifers (bred 1-3 months)

Supreme: 1800-2150

Approved: 1650-1775

Medium: 1550


Springing heifers (bred 7-9 months)

Supreme: 2000-2275               

Approved: 1850-1975      

Medium:  1500-1750      

Common:  1100-1350


Bred heifers (bred 4-6 months)      

Supreme: 1900-1950            

Approved: 1475-1625      

Medium:  1325-1425 


Short bred heifers (bred 1-3 months)

Approved: 1400-1550


Turlock Livestock Auction Yard

Joe Branco dairy dispersal sale results from Turlock, Calif., on May 7:

#1 Milk cows: $2500-$3000

#2 Milk cows: $1700-$2400

#1 Dy cows: $2200-$2800

#2 Milk cows: $1700-$2100


IDFA announces Innovative Products Competition

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is encouraging member companies to consider entering its annual Most Innovative Milk or Dairy Beverage and Cultured Dairy Product Competition

All registered attendees for the Milk and Cultured Dairy Products Conference, May 20-21, are eligible to enter new products, which will be taste-tested and judged by other conference participants. The deadline for entering the competition is May 12.

Entries will be accepted in three categories: milk or cultured dairy product; Greek yogurt; and milk or cultured dairy prototype flavor.

There is no limit to the number of entries, but companies will be asked to provide samples of each product for the official tasting on Tuesday, May 20, 4:30-5:15 p.m. Winners will be announced the following day, featured in a press release and mentioned on IDFA’s website.

Read about last year’s winners here: “Flavors of Luscious Lemon, Greek Maple and Fig Hazelnut Take Top Honors in Annual Dairy Products Contest.”