U.S. dairy exports posted a banner year in 2005, according to data from the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC).
Export growth came as a result of robust worldwide demand for dairy protein in 2005. Economic growth in
Exports also helped clear the domestic market of excess milk solids, notes Tom Suber, president of USDEC. In a year when U.S. milk production increased by nearly 4 percent — the largest burst of expansion in 20 years — dairy markets remained mostly tight all year and the all-milk price registered its third-highest annual average ever. Domestic nonfat dry milk (NFDM) prices climbed 20 cents above the government support price and whey prices reached an all-time high.
This was made possible, in part, because the
Here are some export highlights from 2005:
dairy exports in 2005 were valued at $1.66 billion. More than half the sales were dry ingredients – nonfat dry milk (NFDM), whey proteins and lactose. U.S.
- Exporters shipped 635 million pounds of NFDM last year, up 6 percent from 2004, and the most since 1987. Except for small volumes of food aid, all the exports were commercial, unsubsidized sales.
exports of whey proteins in 2005 were a record-high 607 million pounds, up 31 percent from the year before. Shipments of sweet whey (up 18 percent) and whey protein concentrate (up 84 percent) were significantly higher in 2005, while exports of whey protein isolate were off 15 percent. U.S. suppliers shipped 406 million pounds of lactose in 2005, up 18 percent from the prior year. U.S.
- Cheese exports totaled 127 million pounds, down 6 percent from the year before. Counting commercial sales only,
cheese exports decreased 1 percent in 2005. U.S.
- Results were mixed for exports of other manufactured products. After three years of declines, exports of ice cream increased 9 percent from 2004. Sales of fluid milk dropped 28 percent. Exports of butterfat were down 8 percent in 2005.