Cooperatives Working Together announced that it accepted six export assistance bids last week for the sale of cheese, butter and anhydrous milkfat. This round of bids included the first ever from Michigan Milk Producers Association. Bid details for all bids are as follows:

  • Michigan Milk Producers Association, Novi, Mich., for the export of 209,000 pounds (95 metric tons) of butter to Turkey.
  • Dairy Farmers of America,   Kansas City, Mo; for export of 81,400 pounds (37 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese to Japan.
  • DFA for the export of 41,800 pounds (19 metric tons) of anhydrous milkfat to Peru. (This is the   first CWT export to that nation.)
  • Land O’Lakes, Arden Hills, Minn., for the export of 11,000 pounds (5 metric tons) of retail-packaged cheese to the Philippines.
  • LOL for the export of 550 pounds (0.25 metric tons) of retail-packaged butter to the Philippines.
  • Foremost Farms, Baraboo, Wisc., for the export of 39,600 pounds (18 metric tons) of butter to Morocco.

CWT will pay an export bonus to the bidders, once completion of the butter, milkfat and cheese shipments is verified.  These accepted bids increase CWT’s total 2007 export obligations to a milk equivalent of 390 million pounds.

Through CWT’s Export Assistance program, transactions occur as overseas buyers are found for the products, and as CWT’s members bid to be compensated for selling cheese, butter, anhydrous milk fat and whole milk powder to those importers.

Cooperatives Working Together is being funded by dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers, who are contributing 10 cents per hundredweight assessment on their milk production through December 2007. The money raised by CWT’s investment is being apportioned among several supply reduction programs to improve the national all milk price. For more on CWT’s activities, visit

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